Local News

  • Harrington Village neighbors want street redesign improved

    LELAND — Residents with complaints about how the Harrington Village development has worsened traffic into their neighborhood are taking them to town hall Aug. 20.

    Before the Harrington Village subdivision plan was approved in August 2016, property owners told town council members during a public hearing they were upset with the proposal to add an extension to Baldwin Drive, creating a new street through Harrington Village that connected with Fairview Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Ash Dollar General store robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed the Dollar General in Ash last week. No one was injured.

    The robber was holding a handgun when he entered the store at 2085 Longwood Road about 10 p.m. Aug. 11, demanded the clerk open the store’s safe and give him money. When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, he demanded money from a cash register, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Leland EDC workforce development discussion delayed

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee plan for improving workforce development hit a snag when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb announced Aug. 7 he would retire in September.

    The LEDC intended to meet with representatives from Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick Community College to discuss developing more technical programs that could lead students from high school into a two-year degree program.

  • Grand jury indicts Southport police chief, lieutenant

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Southport police chief Gary Lee Smith and his second in command, Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, after they were arrested July 26 on public corruption charges.

    The grand jury indicted each Aug. 6 on charges of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, willful failure to discharge duties and obstruction of justice District Attorney Jon David and Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery

    The District Attorney’s Office served Smith on Aug. 8 with another count of obtaining property by false pretense, Emery said.

  • R.A.C.E. helps dogs rescued from hoarding

    Dogs rescued from a Forsyth County hoarding situation are getting a chance for a better life in Brunswick County thanks to Rescue Animals Community Effort.

    Cheri McLain, R.A.C.E. founder and president, and volunteers picked up a Chihuahua and 13 other mixed dogs in Wilmington on Aug. 4 to take them to foster homes in Brunswick County. RACE is 8 years old this month.

    The Winston-Salem Journal reported 78 dogs were seized from the Winston-Salem home of Fredrick Chriscoe, 74, on July 27, although he has since been reunited with 15 of them.

  • Holden Beach rallies for family of teen with cancer

    HOLDEN BEACH — When Tennie Carpenter asked her 14-year-old grandson Eli Clark on July 31 where he’d want to go on a trip, he told her Holden Beach, where his family from Parkersburg, W.Va., had been making their summer home since 1983.

  • Calabash man claims $120K lottery prize

    Claude Parcell III of Calabash is celebrating after he won a $120,000 Cash 5 jackpot, according to a N.C. Education Lottery news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

    Parcell bought a $1 ticket at the Circle K on Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach. His ticket beat odds of one in 749,398 to win Monday’s jackpot.

    Parcell claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $84,601.

  • Annexation still a possibility in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Annexation of future property is still a possibility for the town.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall cited the neighboring community of Carolina Shores North at the town board of commissioners economic development meeting last Thursday.

    He said annexation would require a simple majority vote of all registered voters in the area to be annexed.

    “If you’re non-registered, you can’t vote,” he said.

  • Dancing on Air sleight-of-feet at three free locales

    Dancing on Air, Shea-Ra Nichi’s renowned African and drumming troupe, will present a series of free public performances at three Brunswick County sites in the coming week.

    The first performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The troupe performs again 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Waccamaw Park and Picnic Shelter, 5855 Waccamaw School Road in Ash.

  • Summer concert rain dates set

    Recent rains have led to postponement of some summer concerts in Brunswick County that have had to be rescheduled.

    The Sunset Beach Concert schedule has been revised, with postponed concerts now happening on Sundays at The Village at Sunset Beach at Sunset Boulevard and Park Road North and regularly scheduled concerts proceeding on Wednesdays.