Local News

  • County settles lawsuit with former DSS employee

    Brunswick County officials settled a lawsuit with a former Department of Social Services employee who was discharged in 2011.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall announced the settlement following a closed session discussion during the Feb. 17 county commissioners’ meeting.

    Janet Reed, a Processing Assistant III when she was discharged Jan. 18, 2011, filed suit against Brunswick County in July 2011.

    Reed’s suit alleged disparate treatment and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Second vote sets Leland sidewalk standards, rolls back donation bin regs

    LELAND — The second time around Leland approved sidewalk standards, but left donations bins alone.

    Both the sidewalk and donation bin policies were approved in disputed votes at the Jan. 16 Leland meeting and required a second hearing before the new rules could pass.

    In January, commissioners Bob Corriston, Jon Tait and Jane Crowder voted in the changes on both issues, but were opposed by Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman.

    The 3-2 decisions required a second vote for final approval.


  • Elections filing period ends at noon Friday

    Brunswick County’s May 6 primary election will receive extra attention now that commissioners added a quarter-cent county sales tax referendum to the ballot, but the more candidates are jumping into the races in the final week of the filing period.

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    The District Attorney race will be decided in the primary election, unless a Democratic candidate appears before filing closes at noon Friday.

    Two Republican candidates, incumbent Jon David and Ryan Smithwick have filed for the spring campaign.

  • Sunset Beach beach patrol draft proposal

    Estimated costs comparing salaries of current beach patrol and costs for fire personnel during the 131 days of the summer season as proposed by Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey.


    Current beach patrol           Fire personnel 

    Daily costs $270                      $350

    Annual costs $35,000            $45,490

  • Sunset Beach mulls possible tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — Is the town of Sunset Beach looking at a tax increase in the next fiscal year?

    After reviewing town needs and setting a list of priorities, town officials indicated the possibility following town council’s annual planning retreat Feb. 18.

    “We’ve got to be honest with ourselves — we’ve got a lot on our table,” Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at the end of the day-long session at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center.

  • Sunset Beach mayor sells company to local businessmen

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has sold his vacation rental business to two prominent local businessmen.

    Watts, along with his wife Adrienne and business partners Pat and Ginny Wolfe, sold Sunset Properties effective Jan. 1 to local businessmen Eddie Walters and Greg Gore for an undisclosed sum.

    Watts said Monday he, his wife and the Wolfes will continue to work for the new owners of Sunset Properties, which consists of offices in Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Mad Inlet petition still in question

    Sunset Beach town officials say there is no record of a petition sent to a state agency nearly a decade ago in support of lifting an inlet hazard designation for Mad Inlet.

    Their comments came at the start of the Feb. 18 Sunset Beach Town Council retreat, when they voted to send another letter about the matter to the Coastal Resources Commission before its meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Nags Head.

  • Crisis Intervention Team adds 25 graduates

    SUPPLY — Twenty-five law enforcement officers took time out of their busy schedules last week to take part in Crisis Intervention Team training.

    The 40-hour training program, orchestrated by CoastalCare and the Wilmington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is designed to provide law enforcement with knowledge and resources to de-escalate and assist someone in crisis. It emphasizes treatment instead of jail time for people showing symptoms of mental illness.

  • Found money: thrift-store worker garners gratitude for cash return

    Thrift store worker Zach Miller was just doing his duty when he found $320 cash inside a donated Bible — and again when he turned the money in.

    That’s what the 19-year-old Brunswick Community College student had to say when he was lauded recently for the cash find at the Brunswick Family Assistance Thrift Store. Thanks to him, the found money quickly boomeranged back to its rightful 94-year-old owner.

    Zach, a part-time worker at the Shallotte thrift store, was leafing through the contributed Good Book when the money popped up.

  • South Brunswick students lend helping hand to BFA

     BOLIVIA — More than 1,000 families received free food packages Feb. 19 thanks to a food distribution by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    This time, BFA received an assist from a local high school during the operation.

    South Brunswick High School’s exceptional children program sent nearly 30 students to the Democratic Headquarters in Bolivia to assist with the USDA Commodities Distribution on Old Ocean Highway.