Local News

  • Agents arrest two men on heroin-related charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two men on heroin-related charges in separate cases.

    Michael Anthony Marek, 29, of Tylers Cove Way in Leland was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Oct. 30.

  • South Brunswick Middle School’s lockdown lifted after bomb threat

    South Brunswick Middle School was placed on temporary lockdown following a bomb threat Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29.

    School officials implemented standard procedures for a bomb threat reported at 12:30 p.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Less than an hour later, the lockdown was lifted, Swencki wrote in a text message.

    “Students are on their way back to class,” she said, adding that South Brunswick Middle School principals notified parents through the district’s School Messenger system.

  • Brunswick County boasts 12th lottery winner of 2015

    A Leland man has been named the fourth and final player to win the top prize of $150,000 in the Emerald 7’s scratch-off game, making him Brunswick County’s 12th lottery winner of the year.

    Robert Jenkins purchased his winning ticket at Tommy’s Mini Mart on Mount Misery Road in Leland, state lottery officials said Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    After required state and federal withholdings, Jenkins received a check for $103,876.

    Diane Pennellatore of Winnabow won $10,000 in Powerball money Sept. 16while

  • Carolina Shores candidates speak out at community forum

    CAROLINA SHORES — Storm response and the town recycling center were hot topics of debate at a meet the candidates night Oct. 20.

    With the Nov. 3 election just days away, two mayoral candidates and six people vying for three town commissioners’ seats got a chance to speak to a smattering of residents who attended the event in the Village at Calabash community clubhouse.

    Former town commissioner Joyce Dunn, who is challenging Mayor Walter Goodenough, feels a need to get involved again.

  • Bikes, Boots and BBQ returns Oct. 30-31

    For the second annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce has extended it into a two-day event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road, Belville.

    Dana Fisher, the chamber’s executive director, said organizers created the festival as a signature event for the chamber to host in the north end of the county, similar to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s North Carolina Oyster Festival held in the southern end.

  • CAMA permit approved for Belville’s riverwalk park

    BELVILLE — The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project could begin as early as next month.

    Belville needed a North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permit to build along the Brunswick River. The town received it Oct. 20, commissioner Joe Breault announced at the Monday, Oct. 26, board meeting.

    “We are dotting the ‘i’s’ to start construction,” he said. “We hope to start in a week to 10 days.”

  • Holden Beach demolishes condemned motel after court decision

    It took about three and a half days for an excavator to bring down two buildings Holden Beach condemned three and a half years ago.

    Town Manager David Hewett announced Oct. 20 the two buildings at 109 Ocean Blvd. W. would be razed after a final court appeal to the town’s order to demolish the buildings was struck down.

  • Holden Beach incumbents, new candidates meet at forum

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Property Owners’ Association hosted a meet the candidates night at town hall Friday, Oct. 23.

    The seven candidates for five commissioners’ seats attended the forum: John C. Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter J. Freer, H. Ashley Royal and incumbents Ken Kyser, Sandy Miller and Regina Martin.

    Mayor Alan Holden, who is running unopposed for re-election, was unable to attend.

  • Audubon Society opposes Holden Beach terminal groin plans

    The National Audubon Society opposes the Holden Beach terminal groin project.

    Walker Golder, deputy director and director of coasts and marshes for the society’s Wilmington Coastal Office, submitted written concerns during the public comment period following the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the terminal groin by the Army Corps of Engineers.

    An EIS is required for approval of a terminal groin project.

  • Election Day is Tuesday

    Tuesday, Nov. 3’s general election includes council, commission or alderman seats, as well as some mayoral seats, in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated municipalities.

    Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.