Local News

  • Brunswick County claims its eighth lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s incredible lottery streak continues with an Ocean Isle Beach man winning $10,000 this week.

    John Croake won $10,000 in the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

    In early July, Kevin Beauchamp of Leland won $10,000 in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game.

    Sean Watson of Columbus Countywon the $227,196 jackpot in the July 2 Cash 5 drawing via Play at the Pump at a gas pump at Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

  • BCC students achieve goals through Project Finish Line

     SUPPLY — Several students in Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education program are only a step or two away from securing their certifications in specialized job fields.

    Thanks to a $200,000 endowment grant, those BCC students will have the opportunity to finish their course work through Project Finish Line.

  • BCC officials prepare to open Southport campus

     SOUTHPORT — When Dr. Susanne Adams began her stint as Brunswick Community College president in July 2011, the college’s board of trustees hadn’t decided how it would move forward with its plans for a Southport campus.

    Eventually, trustees approved renovating the old alternative school on Lord Street and transforming it into a continuing education center with more classroom space and art studios.

    Four years later, college staff and trustees are two weeks away from officially opening the Southport campus.

  • Shallotte man sentenced on kidnapping, related charges

    A Shallotte man will spend four to six years in state prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Ebern T. Watson sentenced 42-year-old Alex Ohara King to 49 to 81 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after King pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, communicating threats and injury to personal property, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Wednesday, July 29.

  • Belville files full breach of contract lawsuit against USG

    Belville filed a full complaint July 27 in its lawsuit against Urban Smart Growth (USG), including more details in the breakdown of the partnership that was intended to create a downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Belville officials filed the lawsuit July 7 with an extension allowing the town to file its full complaint by July 27.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.

  • Belville considers cost to hire full-time engineer

    BELVILLE — Belville plans to research whether there is a benefit to hiring an in-house engineer rather than paying more to the town engineering consultant, Cavanaugh and Associates.

    Commissioners initially discussed the town’s contract with the engineering firm during the budget talks in June.

    The town has worked with the consultant on an annual contract for the past five years to handle planning, stormwater issues and most recently the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project, Town Administrator Athina Williams said.

  • Adults invited to Leland’s 21-and-up field day Aug. 1

    Leland Parks and Recreation invites you to act like a kid for a day Saturday, Aug. 1 at its first Adult Field Day.

    The adults-only field day offers anyone 21 and older the opportunity to go back to the best day of school growing up.

    The events will be at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, between the old and new town halls. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and are expected to last until 7 p.m.

    Russell Grose, a recreation, sports leadership and tourism management major at UNC-Wilmington, created the adult field day.

  • Leland town, planning boards address transportation

    Leland brought its town commissioners and planning board members together July 20 for a joint meeting to address transportation issues as more development comes into the town.

    “It was held to try to get everyone on the same page,” Leland Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Each board will soon review ordinance changes that propose including a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) as part of some development planning and adjusting town requirements for connecting streets in the town developments.

  • County commissioners hold special meeting but don’t explain why

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday night, July 28, talking for 90 minutes in closed session.

    When they finished and returned to open session, County Manager Ann Hardy announced a personnel decision was made, but said “state law doesn’t allow me to report (the decision).”

  • Deputy kills wild hog that chased woman in Supply

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a wild hog after it chased a woman in Supply.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office communications center, Brenda Powell called 911 to report the incident at her home on Stanley Road between Taft Road and Windy Ridge Trail around 7 a.m. July 18.

    Powell said a wild boar was in her yard and wouldn’t leave and had scared children at the residence and surrounding area.

    She said she had spoken with animal services and was told they couldn’t do anything.