Local News

  • Brunswick promotes from within, selects Perkins as new parks and rec director

    BOLIVIA — Aaron Perkins will lead the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, county administrators announced Monday.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said he was part of a three-person committee including County Manager Ann Hardy and Human Resources Director Scott Milligan to select the new parks and rec director after Jim Pryor left Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted a resignation letter Sept. 17. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

  • OIB board commits $250K to roundabout, if NCDOT pays $650K

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials voted Oct. 14 to continue looking into a roundabout for N.C. 179 intersection at Causeway Drive for the second time in three months.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended a town meeting in August to show commissioners a concept for replacing the intersection signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

  • Leland pays $25,500 to settle Internet café lawsuit

    LELAND — Leland commissioners unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement that will pay $25,500 to Internet Café and Sweepstakes of Leland.

    The business sued Leland, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David in 2013 saying it leased retail space at 112-V Village Road beginning in February 2009 and was forced out of business.

  • Holden Beach presents FEMA flood map review

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials provided direction for property owners to search for changes to their flood designation at the Oct. 14 town board meeting.

    New preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The FIRM map shows special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.

  • County OKs Oak Island dredging assistance

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners gave Oak Island representatives their word the county would help fund its beach renourishment project, but they need more time to figure out how to give it to them.

    “I think we have an agreement to do something, but we need to see how to get there. I feel we can come up with something by next month,” Commissioner Scott Phillips said during the board’s meeting Monday night, Oct. 20, while asking Oak Island to wait a little longer for a decision.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business late Tuesday night and may be connected to two other cases in Horry County, S.C.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Parks and recreation director steps down

     Brunswick County is searching for a new parks and recreation director after Jim Pryor announced his resignation, effective Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted his resignation letter Sept. 17 to County Manager Ann Hardy. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

    “With a lot of projects in queue, I will work diligently to keep those efforts moving forward and in good working order,” he wrote in the letter.

    Pryor was hired in August 2008 as the county’s director of parks and recreation.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • No decision yet on proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase

     It’s still unclear whether Brunswick County residents will see a dramatic increase in homeowner’s insurance rates following a hearing Monday, Oct. 20, in Raleigh.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in January, and a public hearing — originally scheduled in August but postponed until Monday— was held in Raleigh.

  • Warriors showered with patriotism in ride through Calabash, county

     CALABASH — Many times, the smallest gestures have the largest impact.

    As disabled veterans rode through Brunswick County communities on Friday, Oct. 17, they appreciated supporters waving American flags and shouting thanks as they lined the streets welcoming riders participating in the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride.

    Ronald Mayfield, who served in the Navy, said the public doesn’t realize how much its support means to the riders.