Local News

  • Holden Beach property owners to treat beach vitex

    HOLDEN BEACH — The town’s beach vitex problem will be tackled by property owners, planning and inspections director Tim Evans told commissioners at their first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16.

    Commissioner John Fletcher had brought up the issue of beach vitex as an invasive plant species on the east coast in previous meetings.

  • One man arrested, another sought in Bolivia burglary, assault case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives arrested one man and are searching for another in a Jan. 14 burglary and assault in Bolivia.

    According to a Jan. 19 sheriff’s office Facebook post, 24-year-old Juan Luis Gonzales-Esparza and Edgar “Cuca” Garcia-Olmos, 36, both of Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia, broke into a home in the 1900 block of Old Ocean Highway and assaulted a man with what warrants described as a yellow-handled butcher knife at 1:47 a.m.

  • Man facing drug charges held on $1 million bail

    A Little River, S.C., man facing drug charges is being held on $1 million bail in the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Gregra Lee Bellamy, 55, of Woodridge Drive was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession of cocaine, along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Bellamy had an unspecified amount of cocaine, five wax bindles of heroin and a baggie containing heroin and a smoking glass pipe Jan. 18.

  • Tax volunteer Ethel Gore honored for 25 years of service

    SUPPLY— Tax preparation in Brunswick County has been less daunting for those who’ve come to Ethel Gore of Shallotte for help. The former Brunswick County Schools teacher has been volunteering with AARP as a volunteer tax counselor since 1993.

    To honor her for 25 years of hard work, skills and kindness, local AARP staff and fellow volunteers surprised Gore with a celebration during a training session Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. with husband, Tim, and daughter, Rosalind, in attendance.

  • Cabana issue raised again in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Just when beachgoers thought the cabana issue had been resolved for another season, the tent matter popped up again at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey and Assistant Chief Richard Childres presented slides at the Jan. 23 session showing smaller pictures of child and baby pop-up tents.

    “That’s something I get complaints about all year long,” Dempsey said.

  • Trump plans for offshore drilling spur protests

    Recent plans announced by the Trump administration to open North Carolina and other East Coast states to offshore drilling and gas leasing have prompted a resurgence of protests from people and groups statewide, including Brunswick County, concerned about the environmental impact.

    One of the first expressions of concern came Jan. 4, the same day the Interior Department announced those intended five-year plans, from N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan.

  • Flu death confirmed in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — One person has died from the flu in Brunswick County in the wake of a severe influenza season.

    Brunswick County health officials confirmed this week there had been a flu death but declined to provide information about when the death occurred or the age or gender of the person who died.

    Cherie Browning, director of nursing for Brunswick County Health Services, cited Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that she said mandates “an abundance of caution to protect identity” in the flu fatality case.

  • Calabash to host opioid awareness event Jan. 31

    Calabash will host a prescription opioid community awareness session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Calabash Fire Station, 892 Persimmon Road SW in Calabash.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff Office will give a presentation on county opioid-related data. There will also be a discussion on the sheriff’s office’s Anchor Initiative and other information on what it is doing to combat the opioid epidemic.

  • ATMC expands FOCUS fiber optics in OIB

    As part of the company’s five-year network enhancement and expansion project, ATMC will soon begin the construction of a fiber optic network that will span Ocean Isle Beach and enable it to deliver the company’s FOCUS fiber optic communications services to residents and businesses.

    The $5.5 million investment is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018 and will provide more than 6,000 residents and businesses on the island with access to one gigabit broadband speeds.

  • Leland man cited in two-vehicle Wilmington crash

    A Leland man was cited on a failure to stop for a red light charge after his dump truck hit an SUV in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Leonard Mills, 65, failed to stop at a red light at Carolina Beach and River roads and struck the front of a 2000 Acura SUV at 7:33 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.E. Moore said Nicole Barnett, 48, was trying to steer the SUV left onto River Road into the Carolina Beach northbound lanes.