Local News

  • Waterford home, two dogs lost in fire caused by lightning strike

    A Leland home was destroyed July 19 by a fire caused by a lightning strike during an afternoon thunderstorm.

    The owner wasn’t at home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, but two dogs in the home died, Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Chief John Grimes said.

    Grimes said the wood framed, single-family home on Nightingale Court in the Waterford Neighborhood caught fire during a storm that dumped three and a half inches of rain in 45 minutes and included winds of 40 to 50 mph.

  • BCS students ‘read to achieve’ during summer camps

    This summer, Brunswick County Schools students had the opportunity to ignite their love of reading at five campuses across the county.

    Summer reading camps kicked off Monday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Thursday, July 28, at host schools Jessie Mae Monroe, Lincoln, Southport, Supply and Town Creek elementary schools. Each school chose a different theme to engage their rising second-, third- and fourth-grade attendees. Students from other area schools were also in attendance at the participating school closest to their campus.


  • Gate approved, agency selected to find tenants for riverwalk park

    BELVILLE — Belville officials have approved an electronic gate and real estate agency for Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    At Monday’s Belville town meeting, commissioner Joe Breault said the town has received a contractor’s quote for about $16,000 in total costs to install an electronic gate at the park.

    The gate upgrade would include two, one horsepower motors to open and close the gates and a pedestal card reader at the entrance.

  • Leland EDC to begin business survey

    LELAND — If you own a business in Leland, the town’s Economic Development Committee will be in touch.

    The LEDC finalized a business survey it will deliver to 352 businesses by next week.

    The committee members also selected 70 of those businesses to contact in person.

    Committee members David Sink, chairman, Richard Allison, vice chairman, Jennifer Harris, Gene Merritt, Paul Stiegler, PJ Doherty and Michael Braddock will each contact 10 businesses to interview in person beginning Aug 1.

  • Auditor: Clerk of court’s office lags in estate filing inventory

    North Carolina’s state auditor’s office found the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s office lags in requiring estate inventory filings.

    A report released July 15 by State Auditor Beth Wood said the audit found Clerk of Superior Court Jim MacCallum’s office did not compel timely filing of estate inventories or collect estate fees in accordance with state law, which has resulted in a delay and potential loss in the collection of court costs and fees.

  • Woman reflects on 82 years of visiting Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — In 1934, Holden Beach had one road leading from the ferry dock to the “Old Hotel,” built by John Holden in 1925. It was this one road Catherine Thompson and her family traveled when she was but a few months old.

    Now, 82 years later, she and her family are still returning to the beach they fell in love decades ago.

    Catherine Thompso, of Greenville, was born March 10, 1934 in what is now Town Creek to David and Elizabeth Traynham, where her father served as a Methodist preacher at Zion Methodist Church.

  • Oak Island Jet Ski accident injures boy

    An 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Friday, July 22, after the Jet Ski he was riding collided with another Jet Ski in the Intracoastal Waterway.  

    Oak Island Fire Chief Christopher Anselmo said the accident took place at 1:30 p.m. near the 700 block of West Yacht Drive, when the Jet Ski operated by the boy’s father collided with a Jet Ski operated by his mother. The boy was seated behind his father.

  • Gators granted sanctuary at Shallotte River Swamp Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Al the alligator was the first relocated reptile to arrive at Shallotte River Swamp Park.

    The rescue gator was brought to the outdoor adventure park on Watts Road on the night of July 1, park owner Rube McMullan said.

    This summer, the park is working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to provide a new enclosed area for relocated gators. Those types of gators are ones that have typically become overly acclimated and less fearful of civilization, often attributed to people who have been feeding them.

  • Carolina Shores launches economic development board

    A new Economic Development Commission is on the job in Carolina Shores.

    The town’s new EDC board, consisting of town commissioners and Mayor Joyce Dunn, had an inaugural meeting July 14.

    The new board is already looking at future growth, convening in closed session at that meeting to hear two proposals, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

    “One is preliminary and one is further along,” he said, describing the two as prospective industrial entities looking to locate in the town’s corporate limits.

  • Sunset Beach administrator: UDO omissions inadvertent

    SUNSET BEACH — Omission of ordinances that affected the development of Palm Cove were inadvertently repealed, Town Administrator Susan Parker said.

    Parker’s findings were outlined at Sunset Beach Town Council’s July 19 meeting after council directed her to conduct an independent investigation.