Local News

  • UPDATE: Officials dismiss Warren's discrimination complaint

    Update: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials have dismissed Warren’s complaint because, as an elected official, he is specifically exempt from coverage under Title VII.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a charge of racial discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, however, the charge of discrimination is a violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

    Debbie Barnes, human resources director, received the complaint March 22.

  • Shallotte man killed in tractor accident

    A well-known Shallotte resident was killed in a tractor accident at his home Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said 52-year-old Bruce Henry died when his Oliver farm tractor overturned around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

    White said Henry was behind his house on Old Shallotte Road pulling roots with the tractor. Henry had a rope tied around the roots and the tractor flipped over, killing him.

    White, a Supply resident, said he had known Henry since their Little League days together.

  • Sunset Beach reviews fire chief applications

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has begun reviewing resumes submitted for the town’s future fire chief.

    At their monthly workshop Tuesday, council members went into closed session to begin reviewing applications for the position being vacated by current fire chief Chris Barbee, who is retiring March 30.

    The session lasted about an hour. Town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday the town had received 82 applications.

    Town council is expected to narrow down the field during the review process prior to selecting candidates to be interviewed.

  • Three weeks and still no charges

    It’s been three weeks and still no charges have been filed in the death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister.
    Two men identified as suspects by the Shallotte Police Department appeared in court on Tuesday shackled to one another on other charges.
    Jaronn was pronounced dead at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center around 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1. He was dropped off by Montey Andrea Murray, who along with Jessie Lamont Holt, was babysitting the toddler.

  • Every 60 seconds a woman dies: are you next?

    A woman dies every minute in the United States from heart disease and every 90 seconds from a heart attack.
    These are the statistics Pamela Federline recites as she addresses audiences as a Women Heart champion.
    Federline, an institutional effectiveness coordinator at Brunswick Community College, is dedicated to educating women everywhere about their risk of heart disease and the warning signs of heart attacks.
    “I really didn’t get it,” Federline said. “I didn’t understand the genetic risk factors. One in 30 women die of breast cancer but one in four die of heart disease.”

  • Six months to a new career

    Following a clear path toward a career has become easier in the last few years at Brunswick Community College.
    Officials have been working to streamline the process for students and the community.
    Students can start classes today and be a nationally certified and skilled member of the workforce in six months.
    BCC began the Career Pathways Institute in the spring of 2012. The program is a spin-off of the Jobs Now Initiative issued by Gov. Bev Perdue. That federally funded program ended in 2011. For educators at BCC, the question became how to keep the initiative going without Jobs Now.

  • Roofers go out on a limb to save baby owl

  • N.C. Business Court judge denies Bank of America’s motion against Coastal Companies

    RALEIGH—A North Carolina Business Court Judge has denied Bank of America’s motion for a receiver in its ongoing lawsuit against local developer Mark Saunders and his company, The Coastal Companies.

    In an order filed March 9, Chief Special Superior Court Judge John Jolly ordered the parties establish a mechanism by which Saunders provide Bank of America “additional ongoing current and accurate information with regard to the financial operations and conditions of defendants.”

  • Election 2012: McCrory seeks second bid for governor

    SHALLOTTE—Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory learned some valuable lessons on the 2008 campaign trail he plans to use to his advantage running for governor again.

    McCrory won the 2008 Republican nomination for N.C. Governor, but went on to lose to N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, in the General Election.

    McCrory is one of 12 candidates who would like to occupy the governor’s mansion next year.

  • County seeks dismissal in commissioner’s lawsuit

    Though a court decision allowed Brunswick County commissioners to proceed with a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s DSS board, the matter is still pending in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has filed a motion to dismiss the case, as well as asking for $217 in costs associated with a temporary restraining order Warren received to halt the original hearing.