Local News

  • RBA founder sues former county schools superintendent

     An area businessman and founder of an educational management company has filed a defamation lawsuit against former Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden seeking $100,000 in damages.

    Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), filed suit Jan. 6 against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • Roads project creating difficulties for Ocean Isle Beach motorists

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Eventually, a new road that connects Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 will benefit thousands of motorists each day in Brunswick County.

    Right now, it seems, the road construction is only creating headaches for drivers on the highly traveled Ocean Isle Beach, or Foul Mile Road.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) closed a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), beginning Jan. 5.

  • Jaguar's Lair developer, town dispute statements

    The developer of Jaguar’s Lair and the town of Sunset Beach are disputing requirements for completion of infrastructure and release of a bond in the unfinished Ocean Ridge community.

  • Two films made in Sunset Beach set for release

    Sunset Beach is gaining fame in the film-making realm.

    Two productions — a post-war independent movie and a student-produced documentary about the Old Sunset Beach Bridge — have been finished and are poised for release.

    ‘The Odyssey of Destiny’

    For two weeks in September 2013, writer, director and producer Brent Hoover filmed his independent movie, “The Odyssey of Destiny,” in Sunset Beach, on the adjacent state-owned refuge of Bird Island and at the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C.

  • Cold puts Brunswick County in big chill

    Temperatures in the teens literally plunged Brunswick County into the deep freeze last week.

    As temperatures dipped into the teens overnight and into the early hours of Jan. 8, residents began to feel the effects.

    Power outages were reported in Brunswick and New Hanover counties by Duke Progress Energy, attributed to a transformer failure at a substation at Eagle Island off Battleship Road.

    The outages started about 3:30 a.m. last Thursday, Jan. 8, and continued until about 7:15 a.m.

  • Flu death reported in Brunswick County

    An 83-year-old Brunswick County woman has died from complications of the flu.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the woman died Jan. 7 at a local hospital. She is one of 54 people who have died in North Carolina during the 2014-15 flu season, Michael said.

    The woman had not had a flu shot, Michael said.

  • Schools on two-hour delay

     Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students Wednesday, Jan. 14.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Schools, staff is to report on regular schedule unless personal circumstances indicate it is unsafe to travel. Supervisors will work with these staff members to make up the time if leave is not available.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Keith Hardee dies

    Longtime Calabash resident, businessman and former Mayor Keith Hardee has died.

    Hardee, who served on the Calabash governing board for 20 years, including nine as mayor, died Monday, Jan. 12, following an illness.

    “Mayor Hardee was not only a successful Calabash business owner but also a public servant to the Calabash community before Calabash ever became incorporated as a town in 1973,” reads a press release and tribute to Hardee issued by the town.

  • Leland men accused of stealing copper wiring

    A Leland man and his cousin are accused of stealing copper wiring from DAK Americas’ property last month.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, and Jason Eugene Bolton, 37, both of Hawks Nest Drive, were arrested Friday, Jan. 9, and each charged with felony larceny, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Warrants show the men stole $1,200 in wiring from the facility Dec. 7, 2014. DAK Americas operated a plant in Navassa that employed about 600 workers. The company shut down the plant in September 2013, then began work to dismantle it.

  • Detectives seek S.C. man in jewelry theft

    Detectives are looking for an Horry County, S.C., man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a residence in Bolivia last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris is wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.