Local News

  • Residents want county to spike $3.5M land deal

    Some Brunswick County residents say they are prepared to go to court to halt the county’s $3.5 million land purchase for a nature park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    County commissioners voted during their Nov. 12 agenda meeting to buy three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach bridge, from Sweetwater Investments LLC. The properties, which are undeveloped, will be used to establish a nature park.

  • Commissioners approve resolution to further examine same sex marriage ruling

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County joined a small number of counties to craft a resolution opposing North Carolina court’s same sex marriage ruling.

    Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 1 to endorse the resolution that requests U.S. appellate courts further examine the issue of same sex marriage.

    In May 2012, voters in North Carolina voted to amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • OIB officials want to see partial plan for roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials have agreed to take the next step, but not yet commit, to creating a roundabout to replace the intersection at N.C. 179 and Causeway Drive.

    The town board has received input from business owners at the intersection and residents at each step since the roundabout was proposed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August.

  • Leland plans for building use after move to new town hall

    LELAND — Leland’s town staff anticipates a move into the new town hall in early 2015, so officials held a facility meeting Dec. 4 to shore up the use of the remaining government buildings.

    Town administration has discussed allowing the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to move use the old town hall once it becomes available.

    The intent is for the chamber to operate a business incubator, allowing small businesses to rent space cheaply to get off the ground.

  • Board approves school superintendent search timetable

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has established a timetable for choosing the county’s next school superintendent that includes public input.

    A month after the board hired the N.C. School Boards Association to conduct the search, the association’s legal counsel presented an outline of its plans Dec. 2.

  • Wilmington man convicted in Leland murder

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Superior Court jury convicted a Wilmington man of first-degree murder Monday, Dec. 8, in the shooting death of a Leland man in January.

    The jury also convicted James C. Ketchum, 45, of first-degree burglary and possession of firearm by a felon in the slaying of 33-year-old Jason Anderson.

    Gale Adams sentenced Ketchum to life in the N.C. Department of Correction without parole.

    Assistant District Attorneys Lee Bollinger and Cathi Radford prosecuted the case.

  • Government rectifies flood insurance mapping errors

     Local homeowners will find relief in the amount they pay for flood insurance now that mapping errors have been corrected by the federal government in a bill pushed through the House of Representatives by Congressman Mike McIntyre.

    The House passed legislation by a vote of 410-7 that was authored and introduced by McIntyre and ensures North Carolina homes mistakenly included in coastal protection zones will receive flood insurance. These areas were originally included in coastal protection zones by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • School district shifts to more digital approach

     BOLIVIA — As education continues to shift to a more digital learning environment, Brunswick County Schools are forced to transition with statewide and national trends.

    The days of each student having a personal textbook in every subject are over, said Acacia Dixon, district director of instructional technology.  Dixon also manages the school system’s library media services and is in charge of all textbook services.

  • Newspaper drops lawsuit against charter school group

     A lawsuit alleging a local educational management company failed to comply with public records laws has been dismissed in Superior Court, but could be filed again in coming months.

    The law firm representing the StarNews in Wilmington, part of Halifax Media LLC, has filed a “voluntary dismissal” in a lawsuit centered around public records violations in New Hanover County Superior Court, according to a news release from Roger Bacon Academy spokeswoman Sawyer Batten. 

  • Bridge closing frustrates community members

     SHALLOTTE — Some Gray Bridge Road residents are furious with the state for opting to replace the bridge.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close Gray Bridge Road, two-tenths of a mile south of N.C. 130, beginning Monday, Dec. 15, through Monday, April 13, 2015 for bridge replacement.

    Sean Barker and Tina Hewett live in a home just past Gray Bridge Road on the way to Shell Point Road, meaning the bridge closure will have its greatest impact on them and their close neighbors.