Local News

  • County joins together to say goodbye to detective

    Brunswick County stood still Saturday as the life of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detective Kyle Jones was honored by family, friends and law enforcement.

    Jones died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 14, at his Oak Island home.

    Throughout the county flags were at half-staff, and law enforcement badges were shrouded as tears filled hundreds of eyes.

  • Sunset Beach: Streetscape work delayed

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing has delayed a proposed schedule for streetscape improvements for the Sunset Beach island.
    At their monthly meeting Jan. 7, town council members considered a request for proposals (RFP) for streetscape designs.
    Proposed landscape design work by local golf course architect Tim Cate entails landscaping and parking areas, the sidewalk and a bike path, with “hardscape” work by Michael Norton.
    Specifications for construction have also been completed and are part of the RFPs.

  • Jury selection begins in judge's libel case

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection has begun in a libel case filed by District 13 Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis against media strategist Edward Rapp.
    Selection was to begin Tuesday afternoon at the Brunswick County Courthouse following preliminary pretrial proceedings that morning.
    The case is being presided over by visiting Superior Court Judge F. Lane Williamson of Mecklenburg County.
    Williamson decided against defense attorney Hugh Stevens’ motion to disqualify Lewis’ attorney, Lonnie Williams, on grounds Williams is a witness in the case.

  • Carolina Shores gearing up for annual retreat

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is getting ready for its annual retreat.
    Same as last year, the day-long retreat is scheduled to take place at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17. This year’s retreat date is Monday, Feb. 4.
    The retreat will kick off with commissioners’ usual monthly workshop, which precedes their monthly meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • Calabash mayor responds to expenditure questions

    CALABASH—Calabash Mayor Mary Knight sat at a smaller desk in a much smaller office than where she started out as mayor last year.
    A new rug, festively printed in coastal hues—sky blue with yellow sun shapes, covers new laminate flooring—both coverings a recent topic of controversy between Knight and town commissioners.
    On the wall of the freshly floored room hangs a framed picture of Jimmy Durante, along with the late entertainer’s famous quote, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

  • MLK Jr. honored at Brunswick County government complex Wednesday

    BOLIVIA—Ahead of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observation, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis hosted a Brunswick County recognition Wednesday.

    “Remember the legend, the message, the dream embodied by Dr. King,” Assistant District Attorney Quinton McGee said in his invocation.

    “It’s a message instilled in the youth of the community today and well into the future, so the dream carries on.”

  • From cats to trash, town commissioners hash out business at recent meeting

    Things got tense at the Holden Beach commissioners’ Jan. 8 meeting when Dennis Harrington, the newest board member, asked to add two things to the agenda just after the meeting started.

    Commissioners typically call town officials days before the meeting and ask that certain items be placed on the agenda.

    One of the items was a request for the town to take tax money and pay for curbside recycling.

    Seventy-five residents have signed up for curbside recycling, which costs $50 a year and has pick-up twice a month.

  • Funeral arrangements for Kyle Jones


    Funeral Arrangements for Kyle Maurice Jones

    Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus by Pastor Brad Ferguson. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18  in the New Beginnings Community Church, Shallotte.

  • Free coats are available to those in need

    SHALLOTTE—Helping neighbors in need is the mission of one church outreach.

    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church on Main Street is in its third year operating its Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry.

    The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

    “You get a lot in return,” deacon Jean Miller said. “We receive a blessing. It’s the mission of a Christian to help others. This is faith in action,”

  • Town wants input on vision plan’s future


    SHALLOTTE—The town wants input on shaping its future with its vision plan.

    The plan to redevelop Shallotte’s downtown near the riverfront features a gazebo/stage area, a stormwater pond, new trees, a playground, a fountain, expanded parking and the incorporation of existing trees. The park would be between Cheers and Wall streets behind the police and fire stations on about an acre of land.

    The first concept plan was created by Allison Platt & Associates based on a 2008 vision plan for the town.