Local News

  • Brunswick Community College Southport campus nearing completion

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams spoke with great pride recently about the final stages of construction at the college’s Southport campus.

    After college officials defaulted the initial general contracting company, the college hired Barnhill Contracting Co. and completion of the college’s Southport campus is expected in the coming months.

    Initially, the annex at the Southport campus was scheduled to open to January but the date was pushed back on at least two occasions.

  • Citizen’s novel challenge not eligible per revised district policy

     BOLIVIA — A challenge to a controversial novel for the second time in as many years is not eligible for consideration based on a revised policy by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Frankie Wood attempted to formally challenge Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which is included in the library of West Brunswick High School.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in motorcycle crash

     An Ocean Isle Beach man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a tree along Bricklanding Road on April 17.

    Forty-four-year-old Al Porter of East Long Acres Road was pronounced dead on the scene after his motorcycle struck a tree around a sharp curve near Bricklanding Road and Goose Lane, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Crocker said the weather was a possible cause as the area experienced heavy rain throughout the day of Porter’s death.

  • Teams, participants gear up for annual Relay for Life

     SHALLOTTE — Each year, at the end of April and early May, thousands of pink- and purple-clad people file into the football stadium area at West Brunswick High School to celebrate Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.

    This Friday is expected to be much of the same as thousands are expected to file into M.H. Rourk Stadium on West Brunswick’s Shallotte campus for one of the area’s most well-attended events, the 30th Annual Relay for Life.

  • Shallotte board approves development plans

    SHALLOTTE — It was a busy night for the Shallotte Board of Aldermen at its monthly meeting April 7, as five separate public hearings were held to rezone one property to multi-family, approve conditional use permits for construction of two multi-family developments and approve two conditional use permits for a retail business and boat storage facility.


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  • Sunset Beach council scrutinizing proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun combing through the town’s proposed budget document for fiscal year 2015-16.

    At the first of at least two budgetary work sessions this week, council convened Tuesday morning, April 28, to question department heads about line-item expenditures for the proposed $5,834,663 budget for the upcoming fiscal year that takes effect July 1 and tentatively calls for a 6-cent tax increase, from 10.5 cents to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

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  • Carolina Shores moves toward annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a May 7 public hearing to consider annexing property for a future medical facility.

    Up for consideration for voluntary annexation are two noncontiguous Brunswick County parcels owned by Coastal Medical Properties LLC, three noncontiguous parcels and a contiguous parcel owned by Willow Tree Brunswick LLC and a contiguous parcel owned by Novant Properties LLC.

  • Strawberry fields ripen for picking

    Cold, wet weather has put a bit of a damper on this year’s crop of strawberries.

    “I can sum it up in four letters — rain,” said David Holden, co-owner of Holden Brothers Farm Market on U.S. 17 just south of Shallotte.

    “It like to totally destroyed (the season),” he said.

    But the popular produce market’s pick-your-own strawberry fields have been open and ready for business.

  • ALREADY SOLD: Buyer snaps up Sunset Beach's first Southern Living Showcase Home

    SUNSET BEACH — The area’s first Southern Living Showcase Home has already been sold, but visitors have a chance to tour it for the next two weekends.

    The Southern Living Builder Showcase Home at 8826 Kirkcaldy Court in the Thistle Estates residential and golf community in Sunset Beach, built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, has been open for tours since April 17.

  • Detectives arrest man wanted in December larceny

    Brunswick County sheriff's detectives have arrested a Longwood man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop last winter.

    Curtis James Robinson, 52, whose last known address is on Daniel Butler Road, was wanted on charges of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of failure to appear in court, according to a sheriff’s office news release. He was arrested Monday, April 27.