Local News

  • Neighbor to neighbor: Coat closet open at local church

    SHALLOTTE–The concept of neighbors helping neighbors isn’t foreign to the congregation at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church.

    Last December the church began a three-part Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry. The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

  • ‘Be Blessed:’ Salvation Army volunteer offers message of hope

    SHALLOTTE—She has become a part of the holiday tradition for shoppers at Belk in Shallotte and she is not just ringing a bell.

    Dolores Brown’s hugs are legendary and her joy is infectious.

    For 12 hours a day, six days a week for the seven weeks prior to Christmas, Dolores Brown stood outside the department store ringing a bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. There wasn’t a person who went by who she didn’t extend pleasant greetings to, and she is well known for her hugs.

  • Calabash restaurateur leaves legacy, memories

    CALABASH—When longtime Calabash restaurateur Virgil “Tinky” Coleman passed away last week, he left an indelible legacy.

    That legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his loved ones—his widow, Joanne, and other family members and a roster of friends who attended Coleman’s Dec. 22 funeral in Little River, S.C.

  • State official responds to complaints from Sunset Beach mayor

    A state official has responded to complaints Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato made about the town prior to his Nov. 8 election.

    The response is in a letter to Cerrato dated Oct. 6 by CPA Sharon G. Edmundson, director of the fiscal management section of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer.

    Edmundson addressed two complaints filed earlier this year by Cerrato. One had to do with the town’s paying $2,400 to former building inspector Jeff Curtis “who you believed had a conflict of interest,” Edmundson wrote.

  • New Year's Eve bonfire planned in Calabash

    CALABASH—Plans are in the works for the town to host a public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration in the Seafood Capital.

    Announcement came at the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 13.

    Festivities are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River.

    “It will be a very festive occasion where people can come together,” newly sworn-in Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the meeting. “We’re going to have fellowship and food.”

  • Longwood family loses home in early-morning fire

    LONGWOOD—In the fleeting moments it took for their house to go up in flames, Frances and Nathaniel Stevenson lost everything.


    And it was just before Christmas.

    Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, a fire began at the Stevenson’s home, a single-wide mobile home at 1652 Ward Road in Longwood, Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department Chief Tal Grissett said.

    When Grissett and crews from Calabash and Waccamaw fire departments arrived, the home was completely engulfed in flames.

  • County moves forward with upset bid process for hospital

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to move forward with the upset bid process for selling the old Brunswick Community Hospital facility.

    Last month commissioners decided a “reasonable” purchase price for the 35-year-old hospital and 32 acres of land was in the $2.5 million range. But commissioners only received one bid during the 45 days bids were solicited and, at $500,000, it was considerably less than what commissioners hoped they’d get for it.

  • Statewide unemployment rates drops to 10 percent in November

    Unemployment across the state dropped in November.

    According to the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, unemployment dropped to 10 percent in November across North Carolina. Statewide unemployment in October was 10.4 percent.

    Total nonfarm jobs grew slightly by 3,800 jobs in November with the private sector gaining 4,600 jobs.

    The public sector shed 800 jobs.

  • Commissioners revise retiree benefits policy

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have revised a policy, which previously allowed for someone who worked for the county for as little as one year to retire with full health benefits.

    At their Dec. 19 county commissioners meeting, Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes presented commissioners with two options to revise their policy, describing it as “very generous.”

    Previous policy

  • SBI investigating officer shooting

    LELAND—Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a shooting that involved a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon in progress around 10:17 p.m. Dec. 26.

    When deputies arrived at the home at 377 Lansan Lane near Leland, Routh said deputies encountered Cassey Thomas, 43, who was “in the process of attempting to stab her husband,” Timothy Thomas, 48.