Local News

  • Leland plans to hire economic development director

    LELAND — Leland officials plan to hire an economic development director before the fiscal year ends.

    Town Manager David Hollis updated the town board members on the hiring process during a Jan. 8 workshop to plan for the new year.

    “If all goes well, by March we’ll have somebody on board,” he said.

    Hollis said several interviews were held and applicants are being called in for second interviews.

  • Transportation improvement list includes Shallotte projects

    CAROLINA SHORES — The north end of Brunswick County put their draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list in place in December and the south end of the county is readying their STIP this month.

    The Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) technical coordinating committee approved its STIP list Friday, Jan. 9, which will be voted on by the GSATS Transportation Advisory Committee on Jan. 23.

  • Leland reviews committees, communication efforts

    LELAND — Leland commissioners met Thursday, Jan. 8 to review items they intend to pursue in the new year.

    The workshop resulted from a review of goals the town board created during a March 2014 long range planning retreat in Surf City.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented town board members with a population estimate putting Leland close to 17,000 residents. Hollis said an official count from 2013 put Leland at 16,022. But at the start of 2015, it is about 16,800.

  • Commissioners argue over which park gets next upgrade

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 13, to begin reviewing upcoming needs to include in the fiscal year 2015-16 budget.

    County staff proposed continuing the board’s recent policy of selecting items to complete from the yearly Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) using only money available in the budget.

    “We’ve made significant accomplishments in the last few years without going into debt,” County Manager Ann Hardy said.

  • Leland encourages electronics recycling with drop-off event

    Leland’s public works department is offering to save residents a trip to the landfill by offering one day to drop off electronics for recycling at town hall.

    The staff will coordinate the electronics recycling drop-off day for area residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

    The town staff will host the first-time event at the Leland Recreation Building at 102 Town Hall Drive.

  • OIB board approves plan to upgrade town streetlights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners agreed to a plan to spruce up the town’s streetlights.

    The town leases its streetlights from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., which handles maintenance and replacement of light poles and fixtures.

    All of the town streetlights will be repainted gray, and fixtures will be updated to LED lights for $81,250.

    The town board agreed to a five-year payment plan offered by BEMC for the upgrade.

  • Deputies to sport body cameras beginning next month

     BOLIVIA — Sheriff John Ingram seized an opportunity to outfit his deputies with another resource that would help his staff put criminals behind bars.

    Ingram and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased 90 body cameras that deputies — including special operations staff — and Brunswick County Detention Facility officers will wear beginning in the middle of February, Ingram said.

  • Search warrant leads to Shallotte duo’s arrest

     Drug agents have arrested a Shallotte duo on multiple drug charges after searching their Main Street residence Saturday, Jan. 10.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 28-year-olds Evan James Coleman and Heather Sheri Bland face several drug charges after a search warrant was conducted at Coleman and Bland’s house on Main Street in Shallotte, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • RBA founder sues former county schools superintendent

     An area businessman and founder of an educational management company has filed a defamation lawsuit against former Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden seeking $100,000 in damages.

    Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), filed suit Jan. 6 against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • Roads project creating difficulties for Ocean Isle Beach motorists

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Eventually, a new road that connects Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 will benefit thousands of motorists each day in Brunswick County.

    Right now, it seems, the road construction is only creating headaches for drivers on the highly traveled Ocean Isle Beach, or Foul Mile Road.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) closed a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), beginning Jan. 5.