Local News

  • Unofficial Brunswick County general election results

    Below are unofficial Brunswick County general election results available at press time Tuesday night. Updates on local races will be posted online as they become available, with complete reports to be published in the Nov. 17 edition.

    With 26 of 26 precincts reporting


    Brunswick County Schools $152 million bond referendum

  • Voters appear to OK $152M school bond

    Early election results Tuesday night indicate Brunswick County voters approved a $152 million school bond referendum that would pay for many capital projects beginning in 2017.

    School officials gathered at their administration building in Bolivia on Tuesday night to watch the precincts tally their votes.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said there are 94,311 registered voters in Brunswick County, with an estimated 47,156 voting in the 2016 election. Of that number, the bond needs 80 percent, or 37,724 votes, for the bond to pass.

  • Corbett appointed new Sunset Beach town councilman

    SUNSET BEACH — Retired Army Col. John Corbett was chosen to fill a vacant Sunset Beach Town Council seat by a tie-breaking vote Monday night.

    The decision did not come without conflict after Corbett was nominated and approved by councilwoman Carol Scott and councilman Pete Larkin. But he received dissenting votes from councilmen Mark Benton and Richard Cerrato, resulting in a tie.

    Mayor Robert Forrester then cast a tie-breaking vote favoring Corbett at the Nov. 7 evening meeting.

  • Bird Island damages from Hurricane Matthew assessed

    SUNSET BEACH — Hurricane Matthew didn’t spare Bird Island when it rained and blew over the region Oct. 8.

    In fact, Matthew brought a “pretty impressive over-wash,” said Hope Sutton, stewardship and southern sites manager with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    Matthew spurred over-wash in the Mad Inlet area, Sutton said, speaking at a Bird Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

  • Post-hurricane debris cleanup continues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Storm debris pickup from Hurricane Matthew isn’t even halfway done, according to a town official.

    As of this past Monday morning, Nov. 7, a recorded 8,099 cubic yards of post-storm debris or 81 tractor-trailer loads of had been removed and transported to the county solid waste center in Bolivia 22 miles east of Sunset Beach.

    “We’re not even halfway through the town,” public works director Dustin Graham said at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

  • Carolina Shores navigates drainage improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — After weathering two intense storms, town commissioners addressed at length a town-wide drainage spot improvement program at a board workshop Monday.

    Robert Tucker of East Coast Engineering detailed a lengthy, finalized list of town-wide projects to be done in phases. Authorization to proceed with the program will be on town commissioners’ consent agenda at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at town hall.

  • Harrington Village developers clear land, break ground

    LELAND — Harrington Village took a step closer toward becoming an ambitious retail and residential project when land clearing began after the Leland Flea Market was torn down.

    Town officials and developers hosted a groundbreaking Nov. 3 to mark the occasion and the start of what they hope will be a renaissance in downtown development along Village Road.

    Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

  • OIB studies summer artisan market on island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials need more information on the logistics of running a summer artisan market on the town lot beside the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Waterfront Markets LLC, the organizers of the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market, requested a group activity permit from the OIB board to host a similar market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday, May through September.

  • Belville, Leland officials agree to work on ABC Store approval

    Officials from Leland and Belville may be working on a letter of agreement that would add another ABC Store to northern Brunswick County, but they still can’t get on the same page.

    Belville commissioner Joe Breault announced Nov. 2 the towns had approved an agreement that would provide Leland with an ABC Store in Brunswick Forest.

    Breault said Belville proposed the agreement in a letter sent to Leland. “For six months we negotiated with Leland,” he said. “We have tentatively come to an agreement.”

  • Belville takes town hall financing to public hearing Nov. 9

    Belville has scheduled a special commissioners meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 9 for input on financing construction of a town hall.

    The board will host a public hearing for comment on the question of the town entering into a proposed installment purchase agreement with First Bank.

    Belville would finance $950,000 to use to the purchase Lot 5 in the Belville Commons business development and build a town hall.