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Local News

  • BEAT schedules Jan. 16 rally in Bolivia against offshore drilling

    Brunswick Environmental Action Team will hold a rally against offshore drilling at 5 p.m. Juesday, Jan. 16, in front of the David Sandifer Building at the County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Immediately afterward, at 6 p.m., speakers will address Brunswick County commissioners and ask them to support a resolution opposed to offshore drilling.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners remains one of two governing bodies on the East Coast unopposed to seismic blasting and offshore drilling.

  • Coastal agency seeks new members

    The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is seeking applications from citizens and community organizations to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.

    The local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.

  • NCDOT plans Holden Beach bridge lane closures through Jan. 12

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation said drivers on the Holden Beach bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway should expect to encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Tuesday, Jan. 9.

    The closure is needed so crews can safely repair concrete erosion that was discovered during a recent inspection, according to a news release issued Monday, Jan. 8.

    The closures will be in place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Friday, Jan. 12. Transportation officials urge motorists to drive carefully through the work zone.

  • DMV begins collecting hearings fees

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has begun collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings effective Jan. 1.

    This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings.

  • State Fire Marshal’s office gains fire investigation unit

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, announced the department has established a Fire Investigations Unit to assist the state’s fire service and law enforcement agencies.

    “A fire death or large industrial fire could task local resources,” Causey said in a news release. “This unit is designed to provide additional resources to agencies, which will strengthen their ability to examine the source of fires and protect our state’s residents and property.”

  • Woman dies in Southport mobile home fire

    Combustible items too close to a space heater appear to be the cause of a fire that killed a Southport woman the morning of Jan. 3, Southport Fire Chief Charles Drew said.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff's Office incident report identifies the woman as 74-year-old Sylvia Clark Beck of Coastal Drive SE in Southport.

    Dispatchers received a call at 5:49 a.m. about a person trapped inside a burning singlewide mobile home on Coastal Drive, Drew said.

  • Boil water advisory lifted for Brunswick Forest

    Based on laboratory analysis of water samples collected on Jan. 2, it is no longer necessary for water customers in Brunswick Forest subdivision in Leland to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption.

    The system has resumed normal operations, Leland Public Service Director Jimmy Strickland said Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police seize drugs, cash, teeth while arresting Brunswick County duo

    North Myrtle Beach, S.C., police seized drugs, cash and two human teeth while arresting a duo from Brunswick County on Christmas Eve.

    Twenty-one-year-old Tavon Malik Stanley of Calabash is charged with four counts of possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking heroin, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol while 18-year-old Ashley Smith of Ocean Isle Beach is charged with shoplifting.

  • Man pleads guilty in July 4 crash that killed cyclist

    A Carolina Shores man pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in a July 4 collision with a cyclist.

    Christopher Craig Johnson, 47, struck 61-year-old Sergio Perez Jimenez of Leland at 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 17 just south of the 74/76 overpass.

    Leland police charged Johnson, who was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail on July 5, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Police provided no description of Johnson’s vehicle.

  • Woman struck, killed by car in Leland