Today's News

  • County EDC launches new strategies to recruit, retain businesses

    Despite the slow economy, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission has seen an increase in prospects looking to locate in the county and is beefing up its efforts to attract industry here and expand existing businesses.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said recently the commission is in talks with three industrial prospects including two boatbuilding companies. Two local boat plants, Southport Boat Works and U.S. Marine, recently announced layoffs due to decreasing sales.

  • Woman's final wishes honored at Calabash restaurant

    CALABASH—All her life, Norma Ebert loved visiting the beach.

    When she and her sister, Laura, were growing up in Durham, vacationing at the beach and dining in Calabash were part of their family’s summer routine.

    “We all would come every summer back down on the coast, usually this area,” said Laura Urbanik, who now lives in Shallotte. “This was our place to be, and we’d always go to the Seafood Hut.”

  • County board nixes sewer for Carolina Shores North

    BOLIVIA—A county utility board decided Monday to scrap a possibility of extending sewer service to Carolina Shores North.

    The decision came after the nine-member board heard from residents on both sides of the issue.

    The board also heard from county engineering clerk Beverly Adams, who said discrepancies were detected in returned surveys issued by the department to determine whether a majority of property owners in the unincorporated community want sewer.

  • District attorney among those to be judged for 'Dancing with the Stars' event

    When starting to prepare for Brunswick Community College Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars competition, district attorney Rex Gore set four goals for himself—to have fun, be entertaining, lose weight and not drop dead of a heart attack while in rehearsal.

    This week, he added one more goal to the list.

    “Our goal is to let the other teams know we’re coming,” he said.

    Gore was asked to participate several months ago and didn’t hesitate to say yes.

  • Pink Party to benefit breast cancer research

    Kim Durham of Ocean Isle Beach was 38 when she found a lump in her breast during self-examination.

    The lump didn’t show up on a mammogram, and after doctors performed a biopsy, she was told it was benign.

    She was given two choices—she could have it removed or she could wait and see if anything changed.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on Blake Circle; suspect took victim’s moped.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department receives certifications

    The Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department (LVFRD) was recently certified to provide three rescue procedures by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency and Medical Services.

    The department was certified as a provider of heavy rescue, high angle rescue and open water (still water) rescue.

    The new certifications make the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department the only state-certified heavy rescue provider in Brunswick County. The department was required to meet specific standards of training and equipment to qualify for each certification.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.


    Sunset Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Ralph Ray Mann, 50, of Yorktown, Va.; charged with delay and obstruction, speeding and careless and reckless driving on Main Street on the island.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.