Local News

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to misusing 911

    A Shallotte man accused of calling 911 to threaten to shoot firefighters and a police officer pleaded guilty to two of the charges he faced.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 57-year-old Joseph Franklin Cartrette of Pigott Road on two counts of communicating threats and a charge of 911 system misuse Dec. 18.

    District Court records show Cartrette pleaded guilty to two counts of 911 system misuse before Judge Pauline Hankins on Feb. 19, when the two counts of communicating threats he faced were voluntarily dismissed.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council votes 3-2 to fire town administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3 to 2 Monday night to terminate the employment of Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato voted to fire Parker, who has been with the town four years.

    Councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern voted against firing Parker.

    The vote at the March 5 meeting came amid a full-house crowd, with a number of residents speaking out against Parker’s firing after it had been rumored for days that was what was about to happen.

  • Federal grand jury indicts three county residents on drug charges

    A federal grand jury indicted three Brunswick County residents Jan. 30 after an investigation by the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon announced in a news release issued March 1.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Rodney Troy Williams of Bolivia and 30-year-old Jessica Nicole Milliken of Leland last April, while 51-year-old Kimberly Jo Coleman of Southport remains at large.

  • SBHS locked down temporarily after threatening note found

    South Brunswick High School was placed on temporary lockdown shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday because of a note found in a bathroom on the campus in Southport.

    The lockdown was lifted by noon Wednesday, Brunswick County Schools spokesman Daniel Seamans said.

  • County approves courthouse addition and renovation contract, names Holden Beach park

    Brunswick County commissioners approved a $975,800 architectural services contract with Sawyer Sherwood & Associate Architecture to upgrade the county courthouse.

    It’s the firm that handled a space needs assessment of the courthouse that was presented last April.

  • GenX levels reported at lowest point since testing began

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply have trended down through January and February, according to results reported Feb. 22 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found in the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    The latest sample reports, taken Feb. 8, showed GenX levels at their lowest amount since sampling began last July.

  • Navassa residents, neighbors envision potential for Superfund cleanup site

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    NAVASSA — Navassa residents, their neighbors and stakeholders in the area laid out their vision for developing the Kerr-McGee Superfund site, once the property is cleaned up, at a community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups leading the cleanup process, hosted the meetings at Navassa Community Center.

  • Belville commissioner O’Bryant resigns

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioner Pat O’Bryant announced his resignation from the board at the Feb. 26 meeting.

    “It is with much regret that I am going to resign from my position as a member of this board,” he said. “A number of conflicting commitments necessitates that I withdraw from the board.”

  • H2GO board eases gag order for employees

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board agreed Feb. 22 to ease a gag order on its employees that was enacted at the first meeting of the new board members.

    At the final meeting for H2GO chairman Bill Browning and Carl Antos on Nov. 28, Browning and Antos voted with vice chairman Ron Jenkins to hand over the sanitary district and all its assets to Belville to keep a planned reverse osmosis plant project alive, outvoting Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley 3-2.

  • Holden Beach commissioners OK reimbursing county for dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — Just a day before the Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Currituck made it to Holden Beach on Feb. 21 to begin the Lockwood Folly Dredging Project, the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners approved reimbursing Brunswick County for the project.  

    During their regular meeting Feb. 20, Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, told commissioners shoaling continues to be a problem for those traveling in the Lockwood Folly Inlet.