Local News

  • Leland street parking will rely on permits until code review committee meets

    LELAND - Any changes in Leland’s street parking ordinance will go through the town’s code rewrite committee.

    And that will have to wait until the committee reorganizes. Commissioners elected six new members — Gale Packer, Tim Linkhorn, Bob Campbell, Jack Kazmarski, Sam Sorbello and Stephen Whitney — to that committee at the May 15 town meeting. They join the nine-member committee that already included Mose Highsmith, Don Garvey and Betty Marano.

  • OIB budget considers expanding curbside recycling town wide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Curbside recycling has reached the top of the heap in Ocean Isle Beach’s budget debate.

    Curbside recycling is a voluntary program in the town, but outside influence and an overflowing town Dumpster have officials considering a mandatory policy.

    A proposed town wide curbside recycling program would cost property owners $45 a year.

    That would provide a recycling can for each residence that would be picked up twice a month for most of the year, but go weekly during the summer vacation season.

  • Burr seeks law to put Brunswick County back in Wilmington MSA

    Since asking for Brunswick County’s return to the Wilmington Metropolitan

    Statistical Area didn’t have any effect in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will see if an act of Congress will make a difference.

    Burr announced he filed a bill that, if passed, will require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to consider Brunswick County to be part of the same metropolitan statistical area (MSA) as Wilmington.

  • 'Sunset Beach West' plans outlined across Mad Inlet

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has begun reviewing plans to develop 23 plats west of 40th Street and Mad Inlet on the Sunset Beach island.

    At an hour-long meeting last Friday, May 23, a town technical review board scrutinized plans by Sunset Beach West LLC for a 23-plat subdivision.

    Sandy Wood, building inspections director for the town, said the property in question was sold about two months ago by Sunset Beach businessman/developer Ed Gore to Sammy Varnam and other unnamed partners affiliated with property owner Sunset Beach West LLC.

  • Lawsuits voluntarily dismissed against Saunders

    Plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed lawsuits against developer Mark Saunders and his affiliated companies on claims of unfinished work in four of Saunders’ developments.

    An attorney representing the plaintiffs said they plan to refile the lawsuit in the near future, however.

    The dismissal in North Carolina Business Court relates to lawsuits claiming delays in completion in Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge Plantation and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

  • Sunset Beach scrutinizes proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — In light of a proposed tax increase, residents are watching as town council continues combing through the town’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

    At a work session attended by a roomful of residents May 21, council members grilled town department heads, including town finance director Donna Rogers, as line-by-line they pored over itemized expenses.

  • Fire destroys Supply thrift store

     A clerk at The Rose of Sharon Thrift Store suffered slight injuries in a fire that destroyed the building early Friday afternoon, May 23.

    The store clerk suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, but was not taken to the hospital, said David Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The store, at 2060 Holden Beach Road, is sponsored by Sharon United Methodist Church.

    There were three or four volunteers inside the store when the fire started, Sharon Methodist Pastor Eddie Hill said.

  • Motion for change of venue denied for Southport man accused of human trafficking

     A judge denied a motion for a change of venue in the trial of a Southport man accused of human trafficking and promoting the prostitution of a minor.

    Kyle Bradley Wolfe, 21, was arrested in May 2013 and indicted in September on two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, two counts of supervising, supporting or protecting minors for prostitution and two counts of human trafficking of a child victim.

    On May 19, Wolfe’s lawyer, Adrian Iapalucci, filed a motion for a change of venue, saying pretrial publicity could influence jurors.

  • Beaver blamed for sinkhole on Supply road

     A beaver is being blamed for the washout of portions of Sunset Harbor Road on Saturday morning, May 24.

    The beaver blocked a culvert running under the road near the junction with Retreat Street SE, which is located near Winding River Plantation in Supply, causing a massive sinkhole about 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep dividing two sections of the road.

    The damage was discovered about 7 a.m. Saturday, May 24, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring said.

  • Wilmington man indicted in Leland murder

     A Wilmington man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in Brunswick County.

    James Ketchum, of 321 Hooker Road, was indicted by a grand jury April 7 on a first-degree murder charge.

    In a separate indictment, Ketchum is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a female, stemming from a Jan. 4 armed robbery at the Pop Shop, a convenience store at Village and South Navassa roads in Leland.