Local News

  • Holden Beach police chief updates beach season law enforcement

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne gave an update on the summer season and explained his department’s efforts at code enforcement for tourists at the Oct. 13 town meeting.

    “Some people in the room have an issue with the amount of enforcement and citations,” he said.

    Layne broke down how the police officers address issues including dogs on the beach, tourists digging holes in the sand, cabanas and other beach items left on the strand and speed limits.

  • Port City Community Church grows in Leland

    LELAND¬ — Port City Community Church put down roots in Brunswick County in 2015 by purchasing land in Leland with a goal to grow throughout the county.

    The church is already branching out, up and down the coast with new locations in Jacksonville and New Bern.

    Port City Community Church, or PC3, is a non-denominational, multi-site church where services are broadcast simultaneously to the four locations each Sunday.

  • Leland, H2GO candidates meet at Oct. 14 forums

    LELAND — The League of Women Voters hosted forums Oct. 14 for the candidates for Leland’s mayor and commissioner seats as well as the five contenders for the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board of directors at the new town hall.

    Incumbent Mayor Brenda Bozeman is running against Glen Thearling.

    Commissioner Jane Crowder is seeking another term in office, but her seat and another seat held by Jon Tait, who is not seeking re-election, are up for grabs. The other candidates are Michael Callahan and Bob Campbell.

  • County board approves contractor to build Leland senior center

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County could break ground on a new Leland senior center by the new year once a contract with its selected builder is finalized.

    During its meeting Monday night, Oct. 19, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Daniels and Daniels Construction Co.’s low bid of $2,589,800 to build the new Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) Senior Center.

    “I’m very happy to be here. This project was a long time coming,” William Pinnix, Brunswick County’s director of engineering, told the board.

  • Noncompliance prompts county lawsuit against property owner

    When Brunswick County Code Administration Department issued a sweep of notices of condemnation in September, it began a process of trying to work with property owners to bring their lots into compliance.

    The code enforcement department provides inspection and enforcement of code violations to eliminate neighborhood blight, improve the county’s overall appearance and enhancing public health, safety and welfare, according to Brunswick County’s code administration web page, brunswickcountync.gov/code/.

  • Riverside Drive variance request postponed until Nov. 18

    SUNSET BEACH — A developer’s request for a 15-foot front-yard setback reduction to accommodate plans to build nearly 70 single-family homes on Riverside Drive has been postponed until Nov. 18.

    Following a four-hour hearing Oct. 14, the Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment agreed to continue Sammy Varnam’s request for his proposed Riverside North project.

    Agent Chris Stanley and town planning director Rawls Howard outlined the request to reduce the 25-foot front-yard setback at the site along Jinks Creek.

  • Amateur radio club gets on weather frequency

    CALABASH — When the history-worthy October 2015 storm drenched the region nearly three weeks ago, members of the Brunswick Shores Amateur Radio Club got on frequency to help out and show what they can do.

    For duration of the storm that brought nearly two feet of rain to southern Brunswick County from the night of Friday, Oct. 2, through Monday, Oct. 5, the group of amateur ham radio operators provided local staffing as well as assistance at the Brunswick County Emergency Operations Center and the shelter set up at West Brunswick High School.

  • ‘Shagging for the Shelter’ set for Saturday at SBIC

    Fetch out your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie for a great cause.

    The first “Shagging for the Shelter” fundraiser to benefit Providence Home is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    The event will consist of shag dancing or shag lessons for those who want to learn, dinner catered by The Todd House of Tabor City, a cash bar, a variety of auctions and judged evening-finale shagging contest.

  • Grand jury indicts man in armed robbery of Carolina Shores store

    A man accused of robbing a Carolina Shores drugstore with a knife has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Deputies arrested 39-year-old Luther Stanley and 21-year-old Jennifer Hailey Moreland, both of 4409 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on various charges a day after Stanley was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female, according to a previous Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • 'Way to go, Calabash,' mayor says during storm assessment

    CALABASH — In her post-storm assessment, “all I can say is way to go, Calabash,” Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the Oct. 13 town board of commissioners meeting.

    “We may be small, but we’re mighty,” Knight said at last week’s monthly session.

    Citing about 22¼ inches of rain that soaked the area between Oct. 2 and 6, Knight lauded the town maintenance department for its service before, during and after the deluge.