Local News

  • County board positions finance director for interim manager role

    Brunswick County commissioners gave finance director Ann Hardy double duty by appointing her special assistant to the county manager until county manager Marty Lawing departs for Guilford County.

    Lawing accepted an offer March 22 to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    Commissioners voted for the special designation at their agenda meeting March 27.

    The board decided it wanted Hardy in place to step in as interim manager, but will hold off on that transition until after Lawing has moved on.

  • Brunswick natives give back through golf

    SUPPLY—Many people spent Easter weekend visiting friends in their old hometown.

    Emerson Fullwood and Ken Johnson came back to Brunswick County to play a round of golf with friends and fund scholarships for college-bound students.

    “We do all this for the local kids,” Fullwood said to the players while thanking them for participating in the Fullwood-Johnson Golf Classic.

    “They want to be like you guys and ladies.”

  • Commissioners choose architect to build new 911 center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners selected a contractor to build a new 911 center.

    The board also approved a $200,000 fee for the company—Stewart Cooper Newell Architects—to begin work on the building design.

    Emergency Services director Anthony Marzano said when the county consolidated services with Oak Island’s 911 center last year, it had the opportunity to apply for a consolidation assistance grant through the NC 911 board.

  • Two fires claim two lives in three days

    Two people are dead after two separate house fires in three days.

    The fires are the first two fatal fires in the county in 2013. According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, both fires are thought to have originated in the kitchen areas of the homes. No foul play is suspected in either fire.

  • Faith, family, friends and fight keep a local hero in the battle against cancer

    When kryptonite threatened Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective and former West Brunswick High School standout football hero Tony Caison, he used his faith as a weapon.

    The past year has been anything but easy for Caison, who was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer last March.

    “What’s pulled me through this the most is my faith. Nobody beats stage III borderline stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Caison said.

    He did just that. Even the doctors couldn’t explain it.

  • Golf tournament reaps funds to aid ailing employee

    It was the golf tournament to beat all golf tournaments, with one essential winner.

    On March 2, golfers converged at Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte with one common goal—to help a long-time course employee who is recuperating from health issues.

    Terance Bellamy and his twin brother, Timmy, have been employed by the Shallotte golf course as club and cart attendants for the past 12 years, since the day it opened.

    Though they’re twins, they’re not identical, says golfer and resident Alan Hughes of Rivers Edge.

  • Hey, buddy, crave a vape?

    They’re not smoking-cessation devices, Josh Bartlett is quick to say about flavored, battery-powered inhalation atomizers—electronic cigarettes—sold at his Shallotte shop, Tasty Vapers.

    The proprietor of the one-and-a-half-year-old shop on Village Road wouldn’t make such a claim, and the Food and Drug Administration wouldn’t allow it.

    But customers flowing into his shop one recent afternoon said lately they’ve been doing more vaping than cigarette smoking.

  • Sunset Beach OKs veterans memorial idea

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much discussion, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved considering allocating space in the new town park for a veterans memorial.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said at Monday night’s meeting she has concerns about the scope of the project that a committee has been working on.

  • Carolina Shores takes look at upcoming budget

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun taking a look at its preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2013-2014.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett outlined details at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning.

    Numbers reflect input from commissioners at their annual retreat Feb. 4, Hargett said.

  • Lawsuit filed against sheriff's office

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County couple and an Ocean Isle Beach pawnshop have filed a lawsuit against the Brunswick County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices.

    The lawsuit was filed March 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Andrew and Christine Gentile and Redgator Pawn Shop against the sheriff’s office, Sheriff John Ingram, detectives Ryan Newman and Michael Murray, the district attorney’s office, assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Brunswick County and Western Surety Co.