Local News

  • Man sentenced to more than seven years for burglary

    A Fair Bluff man will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and being a habitual felon, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.  

    A Superior Court judge, whom the release did not name, sentenced 40-year-old Rostin Royce Bromell to between 88 and 118 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • School board picks Miller as chairman, Cooke as vice chairwoman


  • New H2GO board members hire attorneys to reclaim assets

    LELAND — The H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District board’s three-member majority continued to work on taking back what the previous board gave away.

    Board members Jeff Gerken, Trudy Trombley and Bill Beer met Dec. 7 at the H2GO office on Village Road where they approved an agreement with the law firm Crossley, McIntosh, Collier, Hanley & Edes P.L.L.C. to work on returning assets that were turned over to Belville by the former majority at the Nov. 28 board meeting, the last for H2GO chairman Bill Browning and secretary Carl Antos.

  • County agrees to join insurance pool for employees

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed Dec. 4 to join an insurance pool for employee coverage in budget year 2019-20.

    Commissioners adopted a resolution of intent to participate the North Carolina Health Insurance Pool (NCHIP) employee health insurance program, provided it is formed and meets the terms of the Local Government Risk Pool Act by May 31, 2018.

  • I'll bet you I never have to eat my shoe

    Well, I won’t have to find a baker anytime soon.

    Almost exactly a year to the day after I promised to eat my shoe — a “Cake Boss” version of my shoe, mind you — if Leland and Belville could ever come together over practically anything, that possibility was laid to rest Nov. 28 when the H2GO board turned over its entire operation and reverse osmosis plant project to Belville.

  • BCSO uses Air 1 helicopter to find lost Leland man


  • Man recounts rescue from Lockwood Folly Inlet

    As the fourth wave crashed down on his kayak, 63-year-old Bob Brown of Oak Island felt no fear.

    As Brown struggled for what he guessed was three hours at the mercy of the tide in Lockwood Folly Inlet the afternoon of Dec. 5, he remained fearless.

    When Brown woke up in a bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington the next morning, he was still unafraid.

    Brown, who will turn 64 on Dec. 15, almost didn’t make it to his next birthday following his bout with Mother Nature.

  • Bureau seeks 25 percent homeowners insurance rate hike for county beaches

    Insurance companies want a 25 percent increase on Brunswick County homeowners insurance rates on or near the coast and 23.7 percent everywhere else.

    The number increases to a 40 percent rate hike proposed for Brunswick County renters and condominium owners, according to numbers the North Carolina Rate Bureau proposed to the state’s Department of Insurance.

  • Early hired as county economic development director

    The public/private nonprofit partnership in charge of Brunswick County’s economic development has hired Bill Early to serve as the new executive director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

    Brunswick County commissioners in July approved the partnership to serve as the county’s economic development organization, working with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Mulberry Branch bridge remains under construction

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, and the road that connects Whiteville Road and Smith Avenue, used by many residents as an alternative to Main Street in Shallotte, remains closed to traffic.

    Town Administrator Albert Hughes told Shallotte aldermen during their Dec. 5 meeting he thought the issue involved guardrails and they might be waiting on parts to be delivered.