Local News

  • Calabash: Mayor, commissioner debate motion to remove powers

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has taken town commissioner Jody Nance to task for his motion in December to remove Knight’s powers.

    Knight, speaking at the town board’s Jan. 8 meeting, said Nance himself stated at the Dec. 11 meeting she had done nothing wrong.

    That was when the town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    Knight cited prior employees who had problems with mold and odor in the room now used as her office at town hall.

  • Calabash: Future of unfinished development still in limbo

    CALABASH—Eight pastel-hued townhouses stand along Kingfish Boulevard, still pretty but empty in the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

    Six years ago when times were good, Kingfish Bay was touted by Wakefield Development Co. as a deluxe community of townhomes and villas, with amenities extending all the way from the entrance fronting Beach Drive down to the Calabash River.

    Then the economy tanked, and so did construction.

  • Fire destroys Brierwood Estates home Monday

    SHALLOTTE—A Monday afternoon blaze destroyed a home at 29 Country Club Drive in Brierwood Estates.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the department received a call of visible smoke and flames on Fairway Drive at around 12:26 p.m.

    “Before we arrived we were diverted to Country Club Drive,” Dunwell said, adding the fire was at a residence behind 34 Fairway Drive.

    According to a fire report, flames could be seen on the back porch of the house, endangering adjacent property.

  • Two in custody for drug trafficking

    Two suspects are in custody for trafficking in opium or heroin.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested Chris Todd Ussery and Christina Ann Mintz in the Southport area on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

    Ussery, 45, 4987 Glenn Cove Drive, Southport has been charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin. He is in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Obesity, cancer, lack of information affect county health

    The Brunswick County Health and Human Services Department ended 2012 by presenting county commissioners with an update of its efforts to improve the county’s overall health.

    Health services director David Stanley said health issues they work on each year are based on the Community Health Assessment, a review completed every four years involving surveys and focus groups.

    The last assessment was in 2011.

    Using priorities identified in the assessment, they focus on issues they can bring in line with state levels.

  • Social Services offers training to add foster families in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services could use more foster parents.

    Tamela Jones, DSS licensing supervisor, is encouraging people to take part in a 10-week training program to become licensed as a new foster parent.

    There are 145 children in DSS’ care. The children range from only a few months to 18 years old.

    The county has 16 foster parents/families licensed by DSS.

    Jones said that’s not many, and it’s the reason they are recruiting more.

  • Cedar Grove - Town opens redesigned community building

    SUPPLY—After years of waiting, planning, fundraising and building, the Cedar Grove Community came together Saturday morning for the opening of its new community center.

    “This was 12 years in the making. There were a lot of obstacles and setbacks, but this was (completed) with the work of a great many individuals,” Andre Herring, president of the Cedar Grove Improvement Association, said.

    “This is a gift to our children and our grandchildren.”

  • Giving a meal brought a smile and joy to local woman

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Davis shed tears as she talked about a recent holiday blessing.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, she met a few of the people who have brought joy to her life—the ladies of the Calabash Elks Ladies Auxiliary. For the past three years they have provided her and her family with free holiday meals.

    “I really wanted to meet them face-to-face,” Davis said. “They brighten my day. It makes me happy knowing they help me and other people in similar situations.”

  • New sign regulations in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.

    The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.