Today's News

  • Hospital authority members table health needs survey

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County Hospital Authority members have agreed to table a proposal for a countywide health needs survey.

    At their regular meeting last Wednesday, board members voted to table the survey until they can gather more information about two previous surveys conducted by the county health department and Novant Health.

    Ron Anderson, the authority’s vice-chairman, said the proposed survey would identify any health needs in the county that are unmet.

  • Board considers rezoning, special exceptions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board considered the following items at their regular meeting Monday night:

    •Board members tabled until April 14 a special exception for the First Tee Learning Center on Tarklin Court, Shallotte. The petitioner requested its consideration be tabled for the education facility expansion. The request was previously tabled at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

  • Woodlands at Crow Creek has grand opening for wellness center

    More than 100 residents of the Woodlands at Crow Creek attended the grand opening of their new Wellness Center. Its purpose is for residents to remain and become active without having to leave their neighborhood.

    “With the number of residents in attendance today and the excitement in our conversations with them, it is obvious that our community has become a family atmosphere,” said Brian Smith, contractor/developer.

  • Calabash approves seasonal ice cream cow

    CALABASH—After much debate, Calabash commissioners have decided a local ice cream shop can have its cow for another season.

    At issue is a promotional, jumbo-sized Mayfield Dairy cow statue that Vivian Sweeney, owner of the Back Porch Ice Cream Shoppe in Harbour Court, first brought to town last Eastertime.

    Town officials later informed her the cow, which remained on display for about eight days, was in violation of the town’s sign ordinance.

  • Contract post office slated to open Thursday

    CALABASH—At the back of Calabash Ace Hardware, assistant manager Bob Crawford bustled behind the new post office counter Monday, preparing for its opening.

    Beyond the paint section, lawn furniture and aisles laden with tools and plumbing supplies, Calabash’s new contract postal unit is slated to open Thursday, March 13, inside the store at 9030 Beach Drive.

    The new CPU is described as full-service, offering a full line of postal products and services, including postage stamps, Express and Priority Mail services and packaging products.

  • 'Messy' river getting a cleaning in Calabash

    CALABASH—Sure, it yields fish, but have you ever wondered what else might be in the Calabash River?

    Brothers Sam and Jackie Thomas are finding out this week as clean the waterway renowned for its fishing boats, seafood restaurants and scenic views.

    Another, less pretty scene lurks just beneath the surface.

    A discarded mountain bike, piles of wiring and a jumbo-sized piece of Styrofoam are among items retrieved from the muck and water since the two launched their clean-up for the town of Calabash on Monday.

  • Security, stormwater among Carolina Shores priorities for next budget

    CAROLINA SHORES—A long list of priorities dominated town commissioners’ annual budget retreat March 5, most of them items that have been discussed before.

    Commissioners discussed setting aside money for town security, stormwater diversion projects, emergency management, buying laptop computers for the town’s two building inspectors, additional staffing, replacing town equipment, ETJ expansion and possible zoning changes and the future of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Senator stumps for support

    This year’s election is a “dangerous cycle” that Republicans need to be aware of and act accordingly, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said during a visit to Brunswick County Republican Headquarters Saturday afternoon.

    “There are 23 Republicans up for re-election in the United States Senate,” Dole said. “There are only 12 Democrats. If they’re able to get a filibuster-proof Senate, all hell is going to break loose. Excuse me for saying that, but it will be a very, very difficult situation.

  • Standoff in Shallotte Point ends without serious injuries

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A nearly two-hour standoff Monday ended with a Shallotte Point man being taken to the hospital, but left no one seriously injured.

    Around 4 p.m. Monday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that a man had barricaded himself inside his Shallotte Point home and was threatening to catch the home on fire while still inside.

    Patrick Tedder, 46, barricaded himself inside his Kay Street home Monday until the sheriff’s office SWAT team was able to subdue him and remove him from the home, Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

  • Shallotte police raid alleged video gambling site

    Shallotte Police served a warrant on a computer/Internet store on Holden Beach Road suspected of possessing video gambling machines last week, seizing nearly $5,000 and ordering the manager to appear in court.

    Police issued a search warrant at Shallotte Business Center on Tuesday, March 4, after receiving anonymous tips from the public that it might be a site of illegal gambling. They seized $4,924 in cash and issued a citation to appear in court to manager Patricia Mary Westerman of Carolina Shores.

    Police also investigated the following incidents last week: