Today's News

  • Calabash names new administrator; terminates part-time employee

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have hired a new town administrator.

    Vincent Long III of Pinehurst accepted the commissioners’ offer and signed a contract Monday afternoon.

    His first day as town administrator will be next Tuesday, July 1, interim town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    Long previously has worked as an administrator at several “fairly large” towns and small cities out-of-state, including California, Mayor Pro Tem Forrest King said Tuesday.

  • Planning and zoning board seeks better input for consultant

    CAROLINA SHORES—Planning and zoning board members say they need better details from applicants who want to guide improvements of the town’s land use ordinance.

    While the town has received four applications for the consulting position, board chairman Jim Hartnett said the board does not have enough information from most of them.

    At the board’s June 18 workshop, “we all came to the conclusion there is not enough information to make an affirmative recommendation to the board of commissioners,” Hartnett said Monday.

  • Town to act on measures against dumping Powell Bill, annexations

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are to vote on resolutions opposing pending legislative bills that eliminate Powell Bill paving funds and place a moratorium on involuntary annexations.

    Commissioners will consider the proposed resolutions at their monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Carolina Shores deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said last week the tentative agenda for commissioners’ monthly meeting includes a measure opposing state House Bill 2751, “Highway Fund Name Changes.”

  • Girls' summer camp digs volunteer day

    On a hot mid-June morning, 73-year-old William Gause relaxes on a picnic table in the shade of an old oak tree while nine middle-school-aged girls tear up his front lawn with garden trowels and cultivators.

    A green cap casts a shadow over Gause’s face as he watches the girls at work. He spends most of his days like this, sitting under the oak tree and listening to church music. Gobs of Spanish moss hang from the tree’s limbs, giving it a weeping quality.

    “I hung that moss,” he says, his voice soft and proud.

  • Hope Harbor Home announces staff changes

    Lynn Carlson, Hope Harbor Home’s community resource director since February 2005, has been appointed executive director after serving as interim executive director since early January.

    Hope Harbor Home has provided shelter and other services to Brunswick County domestic violence victims and their children for 20 years.

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to take on this challenge, and I’m excited about the future of Hope Harbor Home,” Carlson said.

  • Ocean Isle missionary group makes a difference worldwide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Divine Faith Missions, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization based out of Ocean Isle Beach, will contribute time and money to three missionary organizations this year—Samaritans International, Songs of Joy Children’s Home and Flute Maker Ministries.

    Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, has been participating in missionary work for more than 12 years, but saw a disconnect when it came to knowing exactly what to send to certain areas of the world.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Loblolly Lane in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole an antique table and chairs, a TV antenna, a water pump, two ladders, rakes, shovels, copper tubing, fence fitting and a bush trimmer.

    •Larceny on Makatoka Road in Supply; suspect removed box from victim’s home.

  • Community policing roundup

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies issued the following citations and made the following arrests last weekend through its community policing program.

    The sheriff’s office community policing program targets areas within the county with high crime and drug activity through increased patrols.

    Areas targeted last week include Turkey Trap Road, Supply; the Longwood area, Sunset Harbor Road; McMilly Road, Shallotte; and Dutchman Acres near Southport.

    The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from citations and arrest reports, are:

  • Leland Crime report

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

    •Larceny on Garden Club Way; suspect damaged shrubs in victim’s front yard.

    •Roman Taylor Patrick, 21, of 6363 South Elwell Ferry Road, Council; charged with driving while impaired on Village Road. The owner of the vehicle Patrick was driving, Brenda Autum Nance, 20, of 543 North Green Swamp, Bolton, was charged with aid and abet driving while impaired.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Sunset Beach police responded to the following incidents:

    •Titan Owen Hudson Jr. of Chatham, Va., was arrested and charged June 23 for not having a commercial driver’s license.

    •Police on June 22 recovered a license plate reported stolen May 27. Charges are pending.

    •Police investigated a breaking and entering reported June 21 on East Main Street.