Local News

  • School board OKs recommended calendars for 2017-18

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County School Board approved recommended calendars Tuesday night for Brunswick County Schools, plus a separate schedule for Early College for 2017-18.

    At the start of the March 7 session, Stuart Smith, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, outlined issues with voting on Election Day at several schools that are in session.

    He said for the past 14 years he’s been involved with “three extremely serious problems” with traffic as voters leave polls at Town Creek Elementary School.

  • Sunset Beach ERC member shuns council meeting over Riverside Drive

    SUNSET BEACH — A member of the town’s Environmental Resource Committee stayed away from the March 6 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting because she said she didn’t want to witness what she deems an inevitable “travesty” to allow development on Riverside Drive.

    “The council has sold the island out behind closed doors,” ERC member Jan Harris charged in an email sent Saturday, March 4, referring to development along the road on property abutting the North Shore Drive feeder canal on the northeast side of the island.

  • Carolina Shores pursues stormwater improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater work continues to be foremost on the town’s goals list.

    At their monthly workshop Monday, town commissioners mulled at length work that is being done as well as a schedule of future work as funding permits. Town engineer Robert Tucker also outlined details.

    Mendenhall cited a summary sheet and map showing where the town is on spot improvements. He also talked about a prior meeting Monday with the county about the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • WWAY plans move to Leland after purchasing Thunder Alley bowling building

    Something was in the air when Leland Town Council approved a zoning change Feb. 16 permitting television tower use in the town’s planned unit development districts.

    Morris Network Inc., the parent company of Wilmington television station WWAY, announced March 1 the reason for the zoning change request: the station will move into the former Thunder Alley bowling building in Leland.

  • Carolina Bays highway meeting set for March 28

    CAROLINA SHORES — The North Carolina Division of Transportation will host a meeting March 28 in Carolina Shores to review the process that would extend S.C. 31 from South Carolina into North Carolina.

    Members of the NCDOT and South Carolina Department of Transportation and local representatives serving on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) board are funding an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine if there is a need for a highway other than U.S. 17 and where to locate it.

  • Fire department decision looms over Leland budget

    LELAND — Leland officials began reviewing budget items they want to pursue for fiscal year 2017-18 in November 2016.

    The review of what they can afford to pursue began at a March 1 budget workshop.

    Leland’s anticipated total revenues are $10.13 million, Town Manager David Hollis told town council members, but expenses are estimated at $11.3 million.

    Hollis said another $230,000 is projected to roll over from the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, although it isn’t guaranteed.

  • County to fund BCC scholarship program for three years

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the Brunswick Community College Foundation Inc. to fund a scholarship program beginning this year.

    The foundation proposed the scholarship, called the Brunswick Guarantee, to recruit high school graduates to attend the college.

  • County commissioners choose fire fee increase

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners decided to increase fire fees in the short term to allow for long-term changes after receiving the results of a study March 3.

    Their decision means the county’s 22 fire departments will be able to charge twice the amount in fees they can collect now, pending further action by the state legislature.

    Greg Grayson of FACETS Consulting presented seven options for funding Brunswick County fire and rescue services during a commissioners’ workshop Friday morning, March 3.

  • Warrants: Supply man charged in fatal crash was impaired

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol search warrants show a 24-year-old Supply man charged with two counts of second-degree murder was impaired when he caused a Feb. 2 crash in Brunswick County.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane also is charged with aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Sheriff’s officer’s actions justified in shooting involving Ash man

    Investigators determined an Ash man injured in a shooting at his home Tuesday morning was not shot by a Brunswick County sheriff’s officer.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.