Today's News

  • Memorial Day weekend business great start for season

    Memorial Day weekend—the traditional start to the tourist season in Brunswick County— kicked off the season with a bang.

    Many business owners said Memorial Day business was brisk over the weekend.

    Steady streams of traffic were evident in the Seafood Capital of Calabash, especially around dinnertime when crowds gathered to wait for tables at local restaurants.

    Mary Keefe, owner of the Yardbird Emporium in the Lowcountry Stores in Calabash, said businesses in her complex had a good weekend.

  • Property sales draw objection from Devaun Park developer

    CALABASH—Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart has taken issue with an independent company selling properties in the upscale neighborhood.

    The formation, purpose and business of the company, Marast LLC, “is a direct breach of Stanaland Stewart Company LLC operating agreement,” Stewart wrote in a May 4 memo to Marast LLC members, solicited members, fellow Devaun Park developer Vaughn Stanaland and real estate sales representative Dennis Major.

  • Arrests, incidents in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents.

    •On May 29, Sarah Santana Evans, 27, of 2341 Butler Circle, Ash, was arrested for DWI, no operator’s license and no insurance.

    •On May 29, larceny of clothing was reported at a residence in the area of 28th Street.

    •On May 28, Michael Thomason Kilpatrick, 50, of 1133 Forest Drive, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested for DWI.

  • Merchants association bypasses Fourth of July festivities

    CALABASH—The Calabash Merchants Association will not be taking part in this year’s town Fourth of July festivities.

    The association recently notified Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance it would not be a participant in the fourth annual event. The merchants association had partnered with the town for the annual holiday event for the past three years.

    “My understanding is they felt like they couldn’t swing it,” Nance said last week.

  • The battle at home: Injurred vet returns home to PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    Ben McCune medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 15.

    But it was a long road to retirement after being injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck a 1,500-pound improvised explosive device (IED) in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.

  • Eric Davis reconsiders, will return as West Brunswick boys’ basketball coach

     Eric Davis has decided to stay at West Brunswick High School to continue to coach boys’ basketball, West athletics director John Floyd said May 29.

    Davis had resigned earlier this month, citing family financial reasons, Floyd said on May 3. When Davis later told his team he had accepted a job at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, there was an emotional reaction.

  • Too Much Sylvia takes the stage at Ocean Isle Beach concert series

    Too Much Sylvia takes the stage this Friday to headline the summer concert series at Ocean Isle Beach.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. this Friday, June 1, Too Much Sylvia will perform in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The family friendly concert series if free, and the public is welcome.

    Over at Holden Beach, Gold Rush will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the pavilion on the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • Rabon, Iler report back from Raleigh as short sessions convenes for General Assembly

    RALEIGH—Lawmakers are back in Raleigh for the short session of the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    The short session convened May 16, and leadership in both the House and Senate has said they hope to be finished by July 4.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, said he was glad to be back in session, and he and his colleagues were “making significant progress in several key areas.”

  • School bus drivers hours reduced, positions changed

    BOLIVIA—For the first time in the history of the school system, the reduction in force (RIF) policy has been implemented for Brunswick County Schools.

    The move affects 38 full-time bus drivers after board of education members voted last month to revert to a single-bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Seventeen employees have been reduced to part-time employment through the RIF, while 20 employees have been hired into part-time custodial, child nutrition and full-time bus driver or teacher assistant positions.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    The following suspects were charged with narcotics violations:

    •Toni Lynette Milliken, 31, of 1175 Beach Drive, Sunset Beach, was charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Morris Watson, 56, of 7292 Carlon St., Longwood, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Owen Eugene Metts Jr., 28, of 2519 High Valley Court, Bolivia, was charged with possession of less than one-half ounce or marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.