Local News

  • Oyster Festival is this weekend

    The 32nd annual North Carolina Oyster Festival gets under way Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The family-friendly event draws large crowds each year, so much so that people must be shuttled on and off the island, which has limited parking spaces available.

    Whether you’re there to enjoy oysters or you just want to kick back and relax and listen to great music, you’ll find there is plenty to do all weekend.

  • Making the grade


    Deficiencies at the county government complex’s cafeteria have been corrected.

    Just one week after Aramark Food Group and Center Café received a health inspection score of 85.5, it was re-inspected and earned a new score of 97.

    “We were quite pleased [with the score],” said Steve Stone, assistant county manager. “I got a copy of the score around lunchtime on Friday. All the major issues had been resolved. The few items deductions were taken for were relatively minor.”

  • Detention officer recognized with state award

    BOLIVIA— Despite being a place most people don’t want to go, Michael Fowler enjoys going to work.

    Fowler is a detention sergeant at the Brunswick County Detention Center. On Sept. 27, he was let in on a little secret his coworkers and his wife had been keeping from him. Fowler was named the North Carolina Jail Administrator’s Association Detention Officer of the Year.

    “They pulled a fast one on me,” Fowler said.

  • A deer caught in the headlights may become a target


    SHALLOTTE—At their October meeting, the board of aldermen discussed at length complaints of deer overpopulation in town.

    Town officials discussed several options for creating an ordinance so communities within Shallotte can control deer populations.

    At the meeting several residents from Rivers Edge spoke out about issues they are having with deer. They cited landscaping and property damage as well as fear of deer jumping in front of their cars.

  • Scammers take a threatening tone in phone calls

    The phone rings.

    You answer it.

    The caller advises you that you have won a prize. The catch is you have to send money to claim it.

    “This is a scam,” said Detective Ed Carter with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. “Before you know it you have dumped thousands of dollars into a prize that never existed. No legitimate contest will make you pay to get a prize.”

  • Stolen fishing poles and tools recovered from area pawn shops

    BOLIVIA—Last week detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen property from pawn shops in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    Detectives Kimberly Knox and Tina Edwards spent the better part of two weeks recovering the items and following up on leads.

    The majority of the recovered items were reported stolen in a rash of breaking and entering incidents in the Southport area.

    “We have recovered $14,000 worth of property that was taken from seven homes,” Knox said.

  • Cancer survivor inspires through heart and art

     IF YOU GO

    What: Anything Goes show by Art Matters Group

    Where: Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash

    When: Through Nov. 3

    CALABASH—Sue Ruopp and her art were all gussied up for their latest reception last Saturday at Sunset River Marketplace.

    Ruopp is a survivor in more ways than one.

  • Calabash commissioner quits community services committee

    CALABASH—A children’s Halloween event has been cancelled after town commissioner Daria Buccilli resigned last week from heading the town community services committee.

    Buccilli said she resigned because of “unrealistic tasks” the town board of commissioners has placed upon her.

    Buccilli said she was told if she received assistance from town employees for the children’s “mystery dinner” previously planned for Oct. 27, she would have to deduct their hourly wages from her $400 budget.

  • Two stabbed, four in custody

    SUPPLY—Two people were stabbed at a social gathering in Supply on Friday night. Four suspects were taken into custody.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to 2157 Linda K. Trail SW off Holden Beach Road in reference to a stabbing at 10:16 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

  • Fatality on N.C. 179 involving a bicycle

    A bicyclist was killed Thursday, Oct. 11, on N.C. 179 in Shallotte.

    Timothy Leonard, 57, of Shallotte died when his bicycle collided with a Ford van driven by Lucinda Stanley, 52.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks, Stanley wasn’t at fault.

    “There are no charges. The driver of the van was doing everything within the perimeters of the law,” Parks said. “Speed is not suspected as a factor on Stanley’s part.”