Local News

  • Sunset Beach battles bill to de-annex island ends

    While Senate Bill 875 stalls in a state House committee, Sunset Beach residents are continuing to question and take action against Sen. Bill Rabon’s controversial measure to de-annex either end of the town island.

    Island resident Jan Harris planned to turn over to the town Wednesday more than 4,200 petition signatures opposing the bill Rabon filed May 11 in Raleigh to de-annex three portions of the town, including its island ends and a mainland site where a senior apartment complex is under construction.

  • Edmunds leads race for re-election in primary

    The four-way race for the North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice seat that was the only item on the Brunswick County ballot June 7 leaned heavily toward the incumbent at press time Tuesday.

    With 17 of 26 precincts reporting, Judge Robert H. “Bob” Edmunds had 56.19 percent of the 2,266 ballots reported.

    Edmunds ran for re-election against Michael R. “Mike” Morgan, Daniel Robertson and Sabra Jean Faires.

    Morgan had 748 votes for 33.07 percent of the vote, but trailed Edmunds by 523 votes.

  • Commissioners to decide on farmers markets/farm stand rules

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance amendment to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands Monday night, but will decide on whether to make the changes at their July 18 meeting.

    Following a public hearing on the text change, commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Randy Thompson each expressed concerns they said would keep them from voting for the amendment.

  • Supply man accused of punching deputy

    A Supply man is accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    Someone called 911 to report a drunk driver on Sword Street in Supply on Friday night, June 3, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. A deputy found 64-year-old Terry D. Sossamon, of Ocean Boulevard West, driving a golf cart and pulled him over.

    Sossamon refused to follow the deputy’s commands before trying to step away from him and punched him in the chest, Flax said.

  • Argument at Lincoln Elementary leads to gunfire, two arrests

    An argument between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland led to gunfire off campus and the arrest of a Delco couple Friday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the school’s resource officer, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Huggins, and staff intervened until those involved in the argument left campus.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.

  • Back in Brunswick Town

    BRUNSWICK TOWN — East Carolina University’s anthropology school has found a gem in the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, returning for a second year to run a summer field school that’s digging into Brunswick County’s history.

    The historic site along the Cape Fear River includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue on probation

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Inc. is on probation after a surprise inspection May 10 by the North Carolina Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    David Summey, supervisor of inspections at NCDOI, told the department in a May 17 letter it did not meet minimum response requirements and it would be given 12 months to meet them or its insurance rating would be changed from a 6 to a 10.

  • School board approves 2016-17 interim budget resolution

    BOLIVIA —The Brunswick County Board of Education approved an interim budget resolution for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its regular meeting Tuesday night, June 7.

    The board doesn’t have final funding information from the state or the county for the coming fiscal year, which makes the interim budget necessary. It allows the board to continue to operate at current year levels for all funds except capital outlay until a budget resolution is adopted.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks pickup involved in Calabash trailer theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help in identifying the driver of a pickup involved in the theft of a trailer in Calabash on May 28.

    The driver of an older model Ford F-250 pulled up to a 16-foot dump trailer parked at Coastal Grounds, 285 Koolabrew Drive, attached the trailer to the pickup and drove away about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.