Local News

  • Holden Beach commissioners to consider resolution regarding perpetual easements

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners will have a special meeting Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at Holden Beach Town Hall to consider a resolution authorizing the filing of condemnation actions to acquire perpetual easements for the town’s Central Reach Project.

    Town Manager David Hewett said a perpetual easement is a document that property owners sign giving the town permission to complete the town’s Central Reach Project along the shoreline of their respective properties.

  • Holden Beach to file amicus brief in beach access court case

    HOLDEN BEACH — The public has the right to freely use the space between wet and dry sand portions of beaches.

    This is the position Holden Beach commissioners took at their July 19 meeting when they approved the filing of a joint amicus brief in the case of Nies v. Emerald Isle.

  • Camp Invention lets kids be the creators

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    ASH — “Go. Create.”

    That’s exactly what the children participating in Communities In Schools’ Camp Invention did during their three-week program at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The free camp allows for students entering third and fourth grade to learn as creative problem solvers with material based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting July 11.

  • Charlotte woman faces charges after Brunswick County chase

    A Charlotte woman faces two felony charges and others after leading deputies on a chase and threatening the one who arrested her before offering to perform oral sex on him in exchange for her release, warrants show.

  • 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.