Local News

  • Local lottery winner’s boyfriend heading to prison

    The boyfriend of Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes has been sentenced to serve at least seven-and-a-half years and up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking Wednesday, April 7, with credit for time already served.

  • Ex-cop’s trial in teen’s slaying moved to April 19 in Brunswick County

    A former Southport police sergeant who shot a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago will now stand trial Tuesday, April 19in Brunswick County, the District Attorney’s Office said.

    The decision to keep 46-year-old Bryon Vassey’s bench trial case in-county came after Vassey’s lawyer, James Payne of Shallotte, and his co-counsel, Michael McGuiness of Elizabethtown, moved March 29 that the charge against Vassey be dropped and for a change of venue, citing concerns for Vassey’s safety.

  • OIB commissioners tap Blythe to serve out Grantham’s term

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Carolyn Parker Blythe to replace D.B. Grantham on the town board Tuesday, April 12.

    “Unfortunately, Commissioner Grantham resigned because he moved outside of the city limits,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

    Commissioner Betty Williamson nominated Blythe, who was unanimously approved by the remaining four commissioners.

  • Leland’s first Gateway district subdivision approved

    LELAND — Leland’s planning board approved a preliminary subdivision plan March 29 for the first development tailored to the town’s Gateway project.

    Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off of Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

    Harrington Village Developers LLC purchased eight parcel totaling 19.73 acres, including the Leland Flea Market property that faces Village Road.

  • New LCAC manager wants to put programs into community hands

    LELAND — The future of the Leland Cultural Arts Center will be molded by manager Julianne Scott, who started working for the town March 29.

    “My main concern is growth. We want to expand our offerings to get more people here, especially more young people,” Scott said.

    Leland officials set goals at a Jan. 28 vision meeting for LCAC to add more classes and activities with a new manager after Jill Brown resigned as manager at the end of 2015.

  • Leland pinwheels for child abuse prevention

    LELAND — Leland police built a pinwheel garden in the grass in front of town hall this week to promote awareness of child abuse prevention.

    Lts. Jeremy Humphries and Josh Spence, Officers Inman Rahman and Jackie Roman, and intern Tyler McElroy helped set up the display with pinwheels and signs of support in an effort to get the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed in April.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February from January’s 8.1 percent.

    The rate is still higher at the start of 2016 than 2015. February of 2015 was down to 7.5 percent from 8.0 percent unemployment in January 2015.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 5.7 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January.

  • Upcoming Sunset Beach meetings

    Sunset Beach land use public input meeting April 14

    The town of Sunset Beach will have a CAMA land use plan public input meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Held as part of the land use planning process, the meeting is structured to be “engaging, informative and fun” for those attending, according to a town press release.

    For more information on the project, go to www.plansunsetbeach.com or call town planning director Rawls Howard at (910) 579-0068.

    Council meeting April 19

  • Sunset Beach outlines priorities for five-year vision plan

    SUNSET BEACH — A stormwater program, capital projects and finishing the town park are among items topping a list of infrastructure priorities for the town.

    These and other preferential projects were outlined at a special Sunset Beach Town Council meeting this past Monday morning, April 11.

    Council also outlined staff-oriented preferences, with communications and operational efficiency topping that list, as well as economic preferences.

  • Carolina Shores area gets down to new business

    CAROLINA SHORES — A new Dollar General store, Goodwill store and furniture store are all on tap for new business in this area along U.S. 17.

    A new Dollar General store is under construction at 89 Hickman Road next to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on U.S. 17.

    Crystal Ghassemi, spokeswoman for Dollar General corporate headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tenn., said the new 9,100-square-foot building includes 7,300 square feet designated sales space.