Local News

  • Sunset Beach focuses on filling board seats

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has officially accepted the resignation of former town councilman Lou De Vita and is making plans to interview contenders for the vacant mayor’s seat.

    Action came at council’s first meeting of the month last Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    Two mayoral contenders, John Corbett and Anita August, spoke during public comment.

  • Committee digs into Sunset Beach dredging project

    SUNSET BEACH — To dredge or not to dredge, and more specifically what to dredge, were hot topics at a Sept. 7 meeting of Sunset Beach’s fledgling Environmental Resource Committee.

    “We’re really looking for input,” said committee member Richard Hilderman, a retired chairman of the biochemistry department at Clemson University who lives on the Sunset Beach island.

    Hilderman said a proposed shoreline management and dredging project is still a draft and could entail a lot of modifications.

  • Residents reiterate rainfall ripple in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Six residents including a former mayor spoke about ongoing problems with the town of Carolina Shores’ stormwater flow at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop meeting Monday, Sept. 12.

    Oakbark Court resident Phyllis Novkovic, who was among residents flooded out of their homes for months after last October’s storms, said she has been advised by the state and county drainage is insufficient in Carolina Shores.

  • Third annual N.C. Rice Festival offers second chance to win rice cook-off crown

    The third annual North Carolina Rice Festival returns to The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The event opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a $5 per adult entry fee. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

    Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville park, at 580 River Road (N.C. 133) is across the street from Belville Elementary School, which will provide free parking.

  • Leland EDC debates Christmas parade business impact

    LELAND — By October, Christmas will have already arrived on the shelves of local businesses and Christmas will be on the agenda of the Leland Economic Development Commission.

    But the LEDC will consider who is getting scrooged as a result of the annual Christmas parade along Village Road.

    LEDC chairman David Sink spoke during the public comment segment of the Aug. 25 town council meeting, as the owner of Meineke Car Care Center, to ask board members to consider moving the Christmas parade off Village Road.

  • OIB approves island wide curbside recycling

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed Tuesday to establish an island wide recycling program.

    The town board began discussing the idea in August while considering a contract extension for Waste Industries. The contractor notified town staff the yard debris pickup price would double from $30,000 to $60,000 in the next contract.

    To offset cost increases, officials considered contracting out yard debris removal separately and discussed expanding recycling to a curbside program for all residents.

  • Seniors question Lockwood Folly center site plan

    Residents who use the Supply Senior Site say it shouldn’t become the future Lockwood Folly Senior Center.

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. took over management of the Supply site from the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department on Jan. 1, 2015. The site operates at the Lockwood Folly community building at 1691 Stanbury Road SW from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • 12th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival set for Sept. 17

    A season to celebrate culture and diversity kicks off with this weekend’s 12th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    This year’s festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, once again on the grounds of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia, promises a wide array of cultures, entertainment and food, event organizer Mari-Lou Wong-Chong says.

  • Supply man charged with assaulting woman

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of assaulting a woman by throwing her into a bed frame, causing a gash to her head.

    Rick Cody Russell, 30, of Oyster Lane was arrested Sept. 7 and charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Russell grabbed the woman and pushed her to the floor, causing her head to strike a bed frame Sept. 7. The injury left a large cut on the victim’s head, resulting in five stitches and 11 staples.

  • Brunswick County students ‘READY’ for science

    Brunswick County students are ready for science, according to results from the 2015-2016 North Carolina READY accountability program.

    The results, released Sept. 1, indicate grade level proficiency, or GLP, for eighth-grade science is 81.2 percent, which is 7.3 percent higher than the state average and a 9.8 percent improvement over the past three school years, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.