Local News

  • Memorial service pays tribute to victims of violent crimes

     LELAND — The Fifth and 13th Prosecutorial District district attorneys and their staff members hosted the 20th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to remember victims of violent crimes and remind their survivors they’re not alone in their grief.

    Jon David and his twin brother, Ben, district attorneys of the 13th and 5th Prosecutorial Districts, respectively, each spoke during the event Friday night, Nov. 20, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Rouzer provides legislative update, answers questions at breakfast event

     CALABASH — When U.S. Rep. David Rouzer announced the Brunswick County seat of Bolivia would serve as his flagship office at a news conference in January, he said he only made one promise: constituent service will be a top priority.

    During a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant in Calabash on Friday, Nov. 20, Rouzer reassured his constituents the promise remains his top priority.

  • Black caucus gives free Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

     SOUTHPORT — Heavy rains didn’t prevent almost 100 people from showing up to receive free Thanksgiving dinners last week.

    Thanks to members of the Bolivia-Brunswick County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, people from across the county traveled to Wal-Mart in Southport on Thursday, Nov. 19, to receive a free turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce as part of the organization’s holiday outreach mission.

  • Commissioner rips school board members, staff after bond referendum presentation

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners showed support for the school board’s request to include a $152 million bond referendum on next year’s election ballot, but not without harsh criticism from one commissioner. 

    Commissioner Marty Cooke repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Brunswick County Schools staff and its board of education during a joint meeting between the two boards inside the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Belville awaits late November start of riverwalk construction

    The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park pier and boardwalk project construction is expected to begin Nov. 30.

    In September, TJ’s Marine Construction of Pantego was awarded a $385,000 construction contract by Belville’s town board to start work on the first phase of the project, which includes a 120-foot pier, a 125-foot long footbridge and a 693-foot boardwalk.

    Commissioner Joe Breault anticipated the first work to take place would be the contractor installing test pilings in the Brunswick River to see where they hit bedrock.

  • Leland rezones lot on U.S. 17 for proposed apartment complex

    LELAND — Leland Town Council approved rezoning part of the Brunswick Forest planned unit development, which the owner proposes to use for an apartment complex built just off U.S. 17. The move came during their regular meeting Thursday night, Nov. 19.

    Funston Land & Timber, the developer/owner of the property, requested the town rezone a 22.35-acre parcel from the C-2 Regional Business, Commercial Business District and add it to the M-F Multifamily District.

    The area proposed for the development is just west of the Lowes Foods shopping center,

  • Noise ordinance could come back to Holden Beach’s new board

    A new noise ordinance for Holden Beach could be ready in time for the new town board to review in December.

    In January, town commissioners asked 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.

    In February, the planning and zoning board reported the vast majority of the complaints are covered by the existing ordinances, including the noise ordinance, and can be enforced by the police.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over Ocean Isle Beach airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has dismissed a lawsuit against Ocean Isle Beach filed by Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator.

  • Sunset Beach 'old council' debates process for vacant seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Old council or new council?

    A tug-of-war erupted among Sunset Beach Town Council members at their standing-room-only Nov. 17 workshop about how to best fill the vacant council seat of Terry Johnson, who abruptly resigned on the afternoon of Election Day, Nov. 3, after serving less than two years on council.

    Council voted to accept Johnson’s resignation at its next meeting in December rather than at the work session.

  • Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment grants Riverside North setback variance

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment has approved a setback variance for 44 Riverside North lots on Riverside Drive.

    Approval came at a Nov. 18 hearing continued from October.

    Chris Stanley, designated agent for the applicant, sought a variance to reduce the required 25-foot front yard setback in the BR-2 beach residential district covering Riverside Drive to 15 feet for all lots in the proposed project.