Local News

  • Holden Beach makes TripAdvisor list

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is on TripAdvisor’s recently compiled list of “25 Travel Destinations with Skyrocketing Interest in 2016.”

    Ashlee Centrella, digital public relations specialist for vacation rentals through TripAdvisor, said the site this year took a look at the top destinations that saw an increased interest in vacation rentals.

    Holden Beach, she said, saw a 47 percent increase in travel interest from 2015 to 2016, putting it at No. 14 on the list.

  • Neutral site set for H2GO water plant permit hearing

    If Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO customers want to voice an opinion on the reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant plans, they will have to go to Brunswick Community College on Dec. 7 to do it.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a public hearing 6 p.m. Wednesday on H2GO’s request for a the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater discharge permit for the Belville-based RO plant.

  • Man gets three years of probation in motor vehicle death

    BOLIVIA — A Castle Hayne man must serve three years of supervised probation for killing his friend in a 2014 motorcycle crash resulting from impaired driving.

    James Joseph Robertson, 59, was indicted March 23, 2015, on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no motorcycle endorsement and failure to maintain lane control.

    Robertson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge each of death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired, under the terms of a plea agreement, before he was sentenced Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Riverwalk park electronic gate installation complete

    BELVILLE — Electronic card entry for fishing at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park could be ready to go on Christmas wish lists this week.

    At the Belville town meeting Nov. 21, commissioner Joe Breault said work to complete installation of an electronic gate could be completed before the end of November.

    Commissioners voted in July to fund the construction and selected Perimeter Access Solutions as the contractor for about $16,000 in total costs to install the electronic gate at the entrance to the park at 580 River Road SE.

  • Man accused of threatening officers at hospital

    An Ash man is accused of threatening law enforcement officers and security personnel Friday afternoon at Brunswick Health Novant Medical Center.

    Paul Hodges McKeithan, 70, of Stout Road NW, was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with being intoxicated and disruptive and three counts of communicating threats, all misdemeanors.

  • Election protest withdrawn at hearing

    BOLIVIA — An election protest claiming a Southport man voted in November’s general election both in Brunswick County and another state was withdrawn at a Nov. 22 hearing.

    Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Joe Agovino of Southport filed the protest Nov. 17, which delayed completion of the Brunswick County Board of Elections’ canvass of the Nov. 8 general election results.

  • Leland man killed after head-on collision

    A Leland man died Nov. 22 after his vehicle hit another head-on on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

    Elijah James Barron, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Troy Pope said.

    Barron was driving north on Mount Misery Road when he crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by Miranda Holmes at 5:45 p.m., Pope said.

    Holmes, whose age and town of residence were not available, had been wearing a seat belt.

    Barron, who Pope said was at fault in the crash, had not been wearing a seat belt.

  • Former Brunswick Community Hospital site resold

    It took a Raleigh-based company two years to buy the former Brunswick Community Hospital site from Brunswick County, but only a year and a half to sell it and double its money in the process.

    Centre Development Co. sold the 32-acre site, which includes the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility, to Centennial Financial Services of Lawrenceville, Ga., on Nov. 15.

    The property sold for about $1.6 million, Register of Deeds Brenda Clemmons said.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue members save kitten from storm drain

    A meow from a storm grate resulted in the rescue of a kitten in Leland on Monday night.

    Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department personnel were dispatched to Fat Tony’s Italian Pub at Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 after the assistant general manager, Brook Carpenter, called to report a kitten stuck in a storm drain in the parking lot.

    She’d tried to rescue the animal herself, to no avail.

    Carpenter said she talked to an off-duty police officer in her restaurant about what to do, and he told her she would need to call 911.

  • Man arrested in 2001 Oak Island sex crimes involving child

    A Burlington man is accused of sex crimes involving a child that happened 16 years ago in Oak Island.

    Alamance County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 45-year-old James Floyd Cameron at his Baptist Church Loop Road home Nov. 18 on two felony charges: indecent liberties with a child and committing a crime against nature.

    According to warrants issued by Oak Island police June 6, 2004, Cameron committed the sex crimes when he was 30 against a victim younger than 16 between June 1, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2001.