Local News

  • Commissioners clash in Calabash over costs and character

    CALABASH—What seemed to be a brief, routine public meeting erupted into a three-hour marathon when members of the town board of commissioners clashed at a monthly meeting Sept. 11.

    Several town commissioners questioned expenditures for the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks event this year as well as other costs handled by the town community services committee, for which town commissioner Daria Buccilli serves as liaison.


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  • UPDATE: Motorcycle rider dies; deputy charged

    A Virginia man has died after his motorcycle collided Monday with a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy cruiser.

    The motorcycle rider, Thomas Varney of Virginia, died after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Lockner, 59, has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right-of-way.

  • Reward offered in arrest of “armed and dangerous” suspect


    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward up to $500 for the arrest of Brandon Lamar Stevenson.

    Stevenson, 23, is a suspect in a non-fatal shooting. The shooting took place about 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2526 Burnice Lane, Bolivia.

    Warrants have been issued for his arrest. The Sheriff’s Office advises that Stevenson should be considered armed and dangerous.

    The victim Zachary Jamal Hankins, 25, suffered a minor abrasion and didn’t require medical attention.

  • Craig Bryant found guilty of first-degree murder

    A Brunswick County jury has found Craig Bryant guilty of the first-degree murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw. He was also found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the charge of first-degree murder. The charge of conspiracy to commit murder carries 180 to 225 months and the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon carries 72 to 96 months.

  • Ocean Isle Beach works to flush out a wastewater management plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two public meetings in Ocean Isle Beach have revolved around whose going to be responsible for keeping toilets flushing on the island in the future.

    Mayor Debbie Smith explained to a packed commissioner’s chambers on Monday evening there is a need to do something about the town’s wastewater management plant. The state requires towns to begin plans for expansion when they are at 80 percent of disposal capacity. By 90 percent, construction is supposed to be under way. The disposal capacity is estimated by the state based on peak usage.

  • Ocean Isle residents could qualify for reduced-rate curbside recycling

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioner D.B. Grantham wanted to make sure citizens of Ocean Isle Beach had the opportunity to recycle from the convenience of their own home.

    At the board’s regular September meeting on Tuesday morning, curbside recycling was discussed again. In August the board voted against making curbside recycling mandatory.

  • 11th anniversary of 9/11: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

    The 11th anniversary of 9/11—Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012—was as bright and balmy as that horrific Tuesday 11 years ago when terrorist-directed planes crashed into the American landscape and turned the day to dark.

    Tuesday, Lions, Legionnaires, VFW members, local officials and retired FDNY members turned out once again to remind us never to forget the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost at the fallen Twin Towers in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a Shanksville, Pa., field on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Solar trash compactors up and running on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s taken three years, but solar trash compactors have finally been installed at the beach.

    The units went in with town and resident fanfare on Friday morning, Sept. 7, at the gazebo on the beach in Sunset Beach.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said it was a first step in the town’s long-range plan to be environmentally responsible by providing recycling and trash-compacting units in public areas of the town.

  • No building moratorium for now in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has taken no action on a proposed building moratorium along Sunset Boulevard after several people spoke out against it on Monday night.

    Former Sunset Beach Mayor Cherri Cheek spoke as representative of a purchaser at council’s monthly meeting. Her son, Baxter Cheek, submitted to council copies of a rendering for one of the proposed commercial buildings for a 5.2-acre site across from Sea Trail at the base of the bridge. Cheek said there has been public perception of a “typical beachwear store” at the site.

  • One resident brings many questions to Sunset Beach community meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Town resident Colie Dooley dominated the floor at one of town council’s community meetings last week.

    That’s because Dooley was the only resident in attendance at the Sept. 5 meeting for residents of Shoreline Drive West and Canal Avenue on the mainland.

    Dooley, outnumbered 8-to-1 by town council members and town staff in attendance, came armed with plenty of questions.