Local News

  • Two men arrested in separate assaults

    Two men have been arrested in two separate assaults that happened Thursday, Jan. 8, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Forty-year-old Jason William Kelly of Ocean Isle Beach is accused of choking a woman and punching her in the face while holding her child, warrants show. He was arrested Friday, Jan. 9.

    The woman suffered bruises around her eyes and cuts on her neck. Kelly took her cell phone to prevent her from calling 911 after the altercation, warrants allege.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate up slightly in November

    After Brunswick County’s unemployment rate hit a two year low at 6.0 percent in October, the rate ticked back up to 6.1 percent for November.

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

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November 2013.

    While the county unemployment rate increased from October to November the state unemployment rate decreased, from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent.

  • Leland commissioner looking for options to change in Flexcode building alteration zoning

    Leland officials opened a public hearing Dec. 18 to discuss an ordinance change aimed at encouraging more development in downtown Leland.

    The public hearing was continued over to the Jan. 15 town meeting.

    Town staff intends to change the Flexcode ordinance definition of substantial modification of a building.

    Leland approved Flexcode zoning in 2011 to promote mixed-use development they want to encourage in Leland’s gateway district– downtown from the US-17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area.

  • Teachey named Leland’s 2014 Citizen of the Year

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman surprised Piggly Wiggly Manager Danny Teachey with the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year award at the Dec. 18 town meeting.

    “We can always depend on Danny,” Bozeman said.

    “I see him and his crew cooking food or doing whatever needs to be done whether it’s for the town, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce or the Unity Group of North Brunswick.”

    Teachey has been in the grocery business for 36 years and has spent the last 14 years with Piggly Wiggly in Leland where he is a manager and a store owner.

  • BSRI plans Lockwood Folly Community Building as site for senior center

    Brunswick Senior Resources has found the next site for a full service senior center in the Lockwood Folly Community Building.

    BSRI took over management of the center from the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department on Jan. 1, BSRI President and CEO Jim Fish said.

    Lockwood Folly’s community building at 1691 Stanbury Road SW in Supply is currently one of the senior nutrition sites run by BSRI.

  • New non-profit needs help to help residents heat their homes

    A new assistance program to keep Brunswick County residents warm through the winter could use a little help itself.

    Linda and Michael Roth created Warming Brunswick County Homes last fall to provide heat assistance for residents who struggle with their bills in the winter.

    They began the program in November but intend to actively campaign and provide what assistance they can through March.

    “We want to get help to people who need it and can’t or don’t qualify for other programs,” Linda Roth said.

  • New store owner hopes to restore surf culture at Holden Beach

     HOLDEN BEACH — Tony Dillard wants to bring the surf culture back to Holden Beach.

    He thinks just the way to do it is through his not-so-new surf shop at the busiest intersection near Holden Beach.

    Holden Beach Surf and Skate has been an entity near the quaint island for last 20 years as previous owner Don Wheeler built the surf shop into one of the locals’ favorite shopping spots.

    On New Year’s Day, Wheeler turned the reins over to young, enthusiastic 27-year-old Tony Dillard.

    Dillard has big plans for the store.

  • Dedicated surfers ride the wave into 2015

      OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A dedicated group of surfers rode the wave right into 2015.

    Six years ago, a group of surfers decided they’d create a tradition to surf the last waves of the year and ring in the New Year by surfing the first waves of the following year.

    This year was no different, as seven surfers who you can frequently find on Ocean Isle Beach met at the Monroe Street beach access near the OIB Community Center to take part in this year’s surfing event.

  • New district judge sworn in at each of three-county district locations

     BOLIVIA — It’s rare for a public servant to serve the people in three different counties.

    It’s even more rare for that same person to have direct ties to all three counties.

    That’s the case with new District Court Judge, Willie Fred Gore.

    In the last two weeks, Gore has been sworn in as District Court Judge at all three locations in which he serves: Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes now charged with harassing juror

     A former Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy who was recently convicted of sex crimes was arrested again in late December for harassing a juror from an earlier trial.

    Caulder was charged Dec. 28 in New Hanover County with juror harassment, jail records show.

    Caulder is accused of harassing a 34-year-old female juror from Leland on Christmas Eve in Wilmington. Caulder allegedly located one of the jurors in his October jury appeals trial at her workplace and harassed her about his conviction, warrants show.