Local News

  • Agents arrest two men on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents have arrested two men on drug charges in separate investigations prompted by community tips and complaints, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Brunswick County names economic development director

    Brunswick County has hired Michael DiTullo as the first economic development director for the newly formed county department.

    DiTullo, who serves as the president and CEO of Rockland Economic Development Corp. of Rockland County, N.Y., replaces former economic development commission (EDC) executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • Brunswick County Intercultural Festival canceled

    The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, has been canceled.

    Festival coordinator Mari-Lou Wong-Chong said the event had been canceled because of the expectation of inclement weather in the area this weekend.

    The festival was scheduled from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Saturday’s weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Supply area, according to the Weather Channel web site.

  • County sends $13M wastewater proposal to Southport

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s utilities department will send a proposal to Southport officials to consider a $13 million project that would increase wastewater capacity.

    HDR Engineering of the Carolinas prepared a preliminary engineering report on expanding the West Brunswick Regional Wastewater System (WBRWS) to provide wastewater treatment, transmission, and effluent disposal for Southport.

    HDR engineer Eric Williams presented the report to the board at its Sept. 21 meeting.

  • Holden Beach sends megahouse issues back to planning board

    The Holden Beach planning and zoning board will look at the issue of megahouses, again.

    Commissioner Dennis Harrington proposed an ordinance change to limit residential construction to 5,000 square feet because of his concern that more wedding businesses will build huge houses on the beach.

    In January, commissioners asked for the planning and zoning board to look into a situation involving a 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season with up to 150 people in attendance.

  • EPA updates Navassa on beginning of Superfund site cleanup

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency began the early testing stages to clean up a Superfund site in Navassa, but is still struggling to win over residents.

    Navassa residents listened to EPA representatives explain their plans to clean up the Kerr-McGee wood treatment plant at a Sept. 15 community meeting at Navassa’s Mount Calvary AME church.

  • Leland delays amending on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials continue to struggle with how to curb on-street parking.

    A proposal for an ordinance to add room for parking in new residential developments was continued from the town board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, to Oct. 15 after commissioners found the options unappealing.

    Planning director Robert Waring said the steering committee looked at the town’s existing streets, the permitting process and standards for new streets and subdivisions to come up with the new proposal.

  • County drug overdose rates eclipse state average

     BOLIVIA — Unintentional medical and drug overdose death rates in Brunswick County almost doubled the statewide average in 2014. 

    The Brunswick Coalition, which has been established to combat drug abuse and misuse in the county. discussed the alarming statistics and ways to address them during a meeting Monday, Sept. 24, at the government complex in Bolivia.

  • Marshall shares powerful message at women’s luncheon

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Elaine Marshall took stumbling blocks and turned them into stepping stones on her way to becoming one of North Carolina’s most influential political leaders.

    Marshall, North Carolina’s secretary of state, shared that message with more than 70 people who attended Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 22, inside The View at Brick Landing in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Candidate objects to Sunset at Sunset town booth policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council candidate Mark Benton waited his turn Tuesday to speak about an upcoming community event where he will not be allowed to campaign but council incumbents will be able to meet with the public at a town table.

    Benton, speaking during public comment at the end of town council’s monthly Sept. 22 workshop, said two years ago, the town attorney recommended against the latter at the annual Sunset at Sunset celebration, scheduled Oct. 3 this year in the Village at Sunset Beach.