Local News

  • Shallotte Senior Center update

    SHALLOTTE—Seniors in Shallotte are getting a new Senior Center.

    On June 30, the county closed on the purchase of an existing building on U.S. 17 near Smith Avenue. The county acquired the building for $800,000.

    The former lighting store is being transformed into a place for area seniors to gather. The ground floor encompasses 11,500 square feet with much more space upstairs.

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. has already begun moving its offices to the new location.

  • Calabash town board ponders senior-center possibilities

    CALABASH—While a recent survey indicates interest in having a senior center, town commissioners voted to invite county officials to make a presentation to the board.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance outlined results of a recent survey of residents at commissioners’ monthly meeting Oct. 9. He plans to forward results to Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing and Jim Fish, executive director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., as well as to the neighboring town of Carolina Shores.

  • BFA in need of senior Christmas applicants

    Brunswick Family Assistance is in the midst of accepting applications for its annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program.

    According to program director Lora Moree, this year they’re missing some seniors. They know there are seniors in need in the county, yet they haven’t received many applicants.

    Last year the program served 110 seniors throughout the county.

    The program provides a complete Christmas meal and gifts to seniors 60 and older and to children 12 and younger. Food baskets are available to any age group.

  • 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.