Local News

  • Students learn how STEM Speaks at BCC event

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — the building blocks of the future of our world.

    That’s the message Brunswick County middle and high school students received during “STEM Speaks” at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College’s campus Monday, April 18. STEM lead teacher Sarah Osborne said the presentations were modeled after TED Talks, which have proven successful in providing a lot of information to people in a relatively short amount of time.

  • Mountain biking league for students organizes

    LELAND — Mountain biking enthusiasts are blazing a trail for a racing league for students in northern Brunswick County.

    Mike Long, director of the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League, part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), hosted the first organizational meeting April 9 at the Leland Port City Community Church (PC3) offices.

    Don Brown, PC3 Leland campus pastor, is a member of the North Carolina NICA board.

  • N.C. 133 diverging diamond interchange is now open

    LELAND — The weather forecast and the North Carolina Department of Transportation schedule for creating the new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at N.C. 133 at U.S. 17/74/76 finally aligned over the weekend.

    To prepare the DDI, which runs under the highway on N.C. 133 between Leland and Belville town limits, NCDOT had to close N.C. 133 — Village Road in Leland, River Road in Belville — between the U.S. 17/74/76 interchange ramps.

  • Leland economic development promotes master plan draft review

    LELAND — Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar encourages public input on the first draft of the town’s 2020 Master Plan.

    The plan, discussed at the Leland Economic Development Committee meeting April 14, addresses the town’s population increase, vision for land use, parks and open space, transportation and economic development.

    Leland officials brought in PlaceMakers Consulting Team on Nov. 10-13, 2015, to help update the plan. In the 2009 version of it, residents said they wanted compact, walkable and mixed-use development.

  • Commissioners agree to put $152M school bond on ballot

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to place the school board’s requested $152 million bond referendum for school capital needs on the Nov. 8, 2016 general election ballot.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke, who has been critical of the school board’s planning and timing of the bond request since a joint meeting with the board on Nov. 23, cast the dissenting vote during commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night, April 18. His wife, Catherine Cooke, is a school board member.

  • Ex-cop’s trial focuses on discrepancies in teen’s shooting

    BOLIVIA — Testimony from two witnesses for the state in the case against Bryon Vassey, a former Southport police sergeant accused of killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his Boiling Spring Lakes home two years ago, indicated discrepancies about what the teen had in his hand when he was shot.

    Vassey was the last of three law enforcement officers who responded to Vidal’s home the afternoon of Jan. 5, 2014, after Vidal’s stepfather, Mark Wilsey Sr., called 911 for help to calm the teen, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

  • AG shares top consumer complaints for year 2015

    Complaints about telemarketing fraud, unwanted sales calls and lending lead the list of consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced in a news release issued last week.

    “Learning about common sources of consumer complaints can help you avoid pitfalls and save money,” Cooper said in a news release. “My office is here to help North Carolina consumers when you need us, but we’d rather prevent these problems from happening in the first place.”

  • Kindred Spirit notebooks live on in UNCW library archives

    Their messages convey an assortment of moods, memories and sentiments.

    For the past 35 years, legions of writers have been migrating to Bird Island to add their thoughts to notebooks that reside inside the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

    But what happens to those journals once they’re filled, the scrawled messages inside them a potpourri of observations worthy of preservation?

  • Sunset Beach restricts sand dune alteration

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved an amendment making it illegal to alter sand dunes except on two conditions.

    Council approved the measure for its Unified Development Ordinance at an April 19 meeting after a lawyer representing developers of Palm Cove on the east end of the island objected.

  • Calabash hops on microbrewery wagon

    CALABASH — Not one but two businessmen have expressed craft brewery aspirations in the Seafood Capital after the town board of commissioners last week approved a zoning change to accommodate such ventures.

    Lowell Puckett of Shallotte, who sought the change unanimously approved at the April 12 town board meeting, hopes to locate a brewery somewhere in town. Another man, Steve Stone of Calabash, said he, too, is interested in launching a local microbrewery.