Local News

  • Veteran’s Amnesty Day offers military members, spouses a fresh start

     For veterans or their spouses looking for a fresh start in the criminal justice system, a first-of-its-kind Veteran’s Amnesty Day provided that opportunity last week in New Hanover County.

  • Detectives seek two men in Calabash area gun theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the community’s assistance in finding two men who broke into a Calabash business early Sunday morning, May 10, and stole eight guns.

    A caller reported the break-in at 1:04 a.m. at Low Country Sports, at 580 Thomasboro Road. Three handguns and five long guns were stolen, according to a news release.

  • School board meeting raises dispute with county over funding

     BOLIVIA — Contentious debate about a funding agreement between Brunswick County Schools and the county highlighted the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 5, inside the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    During a liaison committee meeting Monday, May 4, county officials told Superintendent Les Tubb the county would remain revenue neutral, meaning they wouldn’t raise taxes and the schools won’t get additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • County for, Belville against bill to end sanitary districts

    The bill proposed to eliminate Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO has received the support of county commissioners and opposition from Belville’s town board.

    In March, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    House Bill 516, sponsored by Brunswick County Reps. Susi H. Hamilton and Frank Iler, was filed April 1 and referred to the Committee on Local Government and directed to the Finance Committee.

  • County OKs ending non-emergency ambulance transport

    Brunswick County Emergency Services will stop offering most non-emergency transportation at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Brian Watts, the county’s emergency services director, asked the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during its May 4 meeting to approve ending county non-emergency transport service.

  • World War II bomber pilot, family of crewman take flight with B-17

    OAK ISLAND — One of the last World War II era B-17 bombers still flying came to Brunswick County last weekend and with it came visitors to remember the men who served in them.

    The B17 Aluminum Overcast, crewed by pilots Bob and Lorraine Morris of the Experimental Airplane Association, was hosted by Oak Island’s EAA Chapter 939 at the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port, April 30-May 3.

    The B17 flew into Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport from Lakeland, Fla., where the EAA group participated in the annual Fun in Sun air show.

  • County back to less than 7 percent unemployment in March

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for March 2015 decreased to 6.8 percent.

    The rate was down to 6.3 percent in December 2014, then soared to 8.0 percent in January 2015.

    The rate drop continued from February, when unemployment fell to 7.5 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    In March 2014, the county had an 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • SBI finds no wrongdoing in county’s $3.5M land buy

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has found no criminal wrongdoing in Brunswick County’s $3.5 million Holden Beach land purchase.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said Monday, May 4, citizens’ concerns prompted the SBI to review the buy and the circumstances that led to it. The county announced the SBI’s findings May 1.

  • Increased access to health-care providers prompts county health clinic closure

    Brunswick County announced it will close its adult health clinic by June 1.

    The changing face of Brunswick County in the past decade made the county adult health clinic unnecessary, health department director David Stanley said.

    “There have been big changes from 10 years ago until now,” he said.

    The adult health care clinic began operating about 10 years ago to provide additional access to health care in the county by offering screening, diagnosis and management of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Cumbie to serve as BCAR interim CEO after Candler’s resignation

     SUPPLY — Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Director Cynthia Cumbie will serve as the organization’s interim CEO following the resignation of Steve Candler.

    Candler resigned effective May 28 to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont. He has served as BCAR CEO since 2005.