Today's News

  • Sunset Beach patrol monitors crowd in heat of summer

    SUNSET BEACH — Two days before the Fourth of July, the Sunset Beach Fire Department beach patrol was out in full force.

    Under a blazing sun in the humid heat, deputy fire chief/patrol supervisor Richard Childres steered one of the department’s red Honda 1000 four-wheel utility vehicles westward down the beach, meandering skillfully through the dense but docile bathing-suit-clad crowd.

    Fourth of July week, he said, is “our Super Bowl, our busiest time. We’re at maximum capacity.”

  • Candidate filing period ends Friday

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    The candidate filing period for 2019 municipal elections in Brunswick County ends at noon Friday, July 19.

    All of the county’s 19 municipalities have town board seats up for grabs or renewal for this year’s Nov. 5 elections, including mayoral seats.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight announced in June she does not plan to seek re-election this year after serving two terms in addition to serving previously as a town commissioner.

  • Bolivia man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 50-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday, July 14, in Little River, S.C. 

    Roger Tomblin was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Mineola Ave. in Little River about 10 a.m. when he lost control of the bike, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Tomblin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, ran off the side of the road and struck a pole, resulting in his death. 

  • OIB amends anticipated expenses for new town hall

    The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners amended its Capital Projects Ordinance-New Town Hall Construction Project during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9. The ordinance was initially passed June 11, 2019.

    The total cost of the new town hall is estimated at $5,748,850, compared to an earlier estimate of $5,262,000.

  • Carolina Shores broaches brunch bill

    Town commissioners are considering adopting a brunch ordinance for early alcohol sales on Sundays.

    The request comes from operators of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club “as a matter of economic competitiveness,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said following the town board’s monthly morning workshop July 8 and afternoon meeting July 11.

    Commissioners last week instructed town staff to prepare required materials to be reviewed at a future board meeting.

  • Judge takes Calabash apartment case under advisement

    BOLIVIA — A judge has taken under advisement a petitioner’s appeal regarding the Calabash town board’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex.

    Judge Doug Sasser, filling in at a hearing Monday for Superior Court Judge James Bell, cited 130 pages of documents requiring review in the appeal filed April 29 by resident Sandra Lefenfeld.

  • Calabash mayor’s next gig on P&Z board approved

    Maybe she isn’t seeking re-election this year, but the town of Calabash isn’t letting go of Mayor Mary Knight just yet.

    At their July 9 monthly meeting, town commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Knight and former commissioner Daria Buccilli to fill vacant positions on the town planning and zoning board after each indicated interest in serving.

    Knight will fill the remainder of an unexpired term that continues through October 2020 following the resignation of former board member John Thomas, town clerk Sue Stuhr said.

  • Fort Fisher trains Civil War “artillery soldiers”




     “Attention Cannoneers” is one of nine hands-on summer activities featured Fridays beginning in June and running until August. Friday, July 12, “Junior Cannoneers” learned the strategies of prepping, loading and firing a cannon.





  • Unresponsive man found in Sunset Beach identified

    A man found dead in the ocean July 5 just east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier has been identified.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar identified the man as 30-year-old Matthew DelBuono of Calabash, stating in a July 8 press release DelBuono's cause of death was self-inflicted. He added an investigation would continue until an official cause of death is obtained from the coroner's office.

    The Sunset Beach Police Department received a call about the male subject just after 6 a.m. Friday, July 5.

  • Monument honors all veterans, not limited to WWII

    Nearly two decades have passed since the flagpole and granite monument honoring all veterans of Shallotte and surrounding areas was erected on the front lawn of the North Carolina National Guard Armory on Main Street. Dedicated on Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999 as a tribute to the Shallotte Centennial, the monument will soon be relocated and serve as the centerpiece of the proposed Veteran’s Park.