Today's News

  • New emergency director brings range of experiences to Brunswick County



    By Sharon Chance

    Staff Writer

    Despite a busy weekend moving and unpacking, Brunswick County’s new emergency services director hit the ground running Monday morning.

    After meeting with his staff to kick off the week, Edward Conrow is ready to familiarize himself with all the county agencies with whom he will be working in the future.

  • 50-year firefighter: Calabash celebrates Jim Bruno

    CALABASH — A half-century ago, 18-year-old Jim Bruno started his first day of work as a fireman back in his Pennsylvania hometown of Olyphant.

    He’s been fighting fires ever since.

    Last Saturday, a crowd converged at the Calabash Fire Station to pay tribute to Bruno, longtime assistant chief and grant writer for the volunteer department, upon his 50th anniversary as a firefighter.

  • County Commissioners discuss noise ordinance at regular meeting

    BOLIVIA – The Brunswick County Commissioners listened with empathy to opposing sides concerning the noise ordinance during their regular meeting Monday, April 15.

    Members of BEAT (Brunswick Environmental Action Team) also approached the board once again seeking a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic blasting. In addition, the board heard requests for monies to continue an archaeological study at Brunswick Waterway Park.

  • Sunset Beach acting mayor appealing DWI

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton is appealing a driving while intoxicated charge for which he was found guilty last year.

    Benton, 62, currently the acting mayor for the town of Sunset Beach, said a hearing for his pending appeal in Brunswick County Superior Court has not yet been scheduled but could come up in the next couple of months. He is being represented by Shallotte attorney Ryan Smithwick.

  • Cerrato letter cited for dredging grant delay

    SUNSET BEACH — Town councilman Richard Cerrato was taken to task by fellow council members Tuesday for writing a letter that is among those being blamed for holding up grant money for a future dredging project.

  • Ocean Isle Beach appoints Green to vacant seat









    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners welcomed David Green to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Bob Williams during their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9.

    Williams resigned March 12 due to health issues, according to Mayor Debbie Smith.

    Williams said his decision stemmed from back surgery requiring an extended recovery, according to a March 21 story in The Brunswick Beacon.

  • Calabash OKs park grant, FEMA funding

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have authorized budget amendments allocating park grant funding and hurricane reimbursements.

    Approval came at the monthly board meeting Tuesday, April 9, for $147,332 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) funding for the town’s future waterfront park overlooking the Calabash River. Commissioners also authorized $97,130 in FEMA hurricane reimbursement money.

    Both amendments are for the current 2018-2019 fiscal budget.

  • Calabash American Legion celebrates mortgage-burning

    CALABASH — Thirteen years after dedicating their new building, members of Nocha White American Legion Post 503 celebrated again this past Saturday with a mortgage-burning party.

    With the building at 10277 Beach Drive now paid in full, Post and Auxiliary members and invited guests gathered for an all-afternoon party that launched with traditional military pomp and the posting of colors.

  • Attorney General: No charges will be filed in Brandon Webster's death

    A North Carolina state trooper who shot and killed Brandon Webster on Jan. 1 will not be charged, state attorney general Josh Stein wrote in a news release issued Friday, April 12.
    Trooper Scott A. Collins, who was assigned to Troop B, District 6, in Brunswick County at the time of the shooting, will not be charged because “the evidence showed that Trooper Collins acted reasonably in the face of a deadly threat,” according to the release.

  • Gallery, caregivers help artist fulfill bucket list wish

    CALABASH — Marcia Zachary of Sunset Beach seldom shared her art with anyone other than family members, but she had long dreamed of a gallery showing of her work.

    Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery of Calabash was the setting for a nearly perfect day for Zachary, a watercolor artist for many years. This past Thursday, April 4, hospice caretakers, family and friends helped Zachary, 84, check off one more item on her bucket list.