Local News

  • Brunswick Catch bids farewell to co-chairwoman Varnam

    HOLDEN BEACH — In late 2008 a group of people passionate about the preservation and promotion of Brunswick County’s local fishing industry came together to form Brunswick Catch.

    On June 8, Brunswick Catch members came together at Main Street Grill in Holden Beach for their annual meeting and to bid farewell to Jackie Varnam, who stepped down as their co-chairwoman.

  • Detectives to host scam awareness meeting June 20

    With communication as fast as our fingertips and satellites, the danger of scams remains a constant and Brunswick County is not immune.

    Leland Police Department detectives will host an educational program to help senior citizens be in the know should they be approached by scam artists. In particular, detectives will expose current schemes, including scammers posing as the IRS over the phone and demanding money, for example, and teach residents how to deal with someone who is trying to gather their personal information.

  • Shallotte woman sheds light on 100 years of life

    SHALLOTTE — The Great Depression. Two World Wars. Astronauts landing on the moon. A marriage. Children. Grandchildren.

    These are but some of the events witnessed by Josephine Chebat of Shallotte, who celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, June 14.

    Chebat was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Queens by a Russian father, Joseph Roubo, and a Lithuanian mother, Antonia Roubo, meaning initially English wasn’t her first language.

  • Shallotte streamlines conditional use process

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Board of Aldermen voted June 7 to remove the planning board from the town’s conditional use process.

    Town planning director Robert Lewis said this will streamline the process for applicants and developers.

    Aldermen will approve or deny all conditional use applications and stipulate conditions on any approved permit.

  • New budget adopted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have adopted on second reading a $2,343,950 budget for the town for fiscal year 2016-17.

    The general fund budget that takes effect July 1, approved at the June 9 town board meeting, calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 10 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Sunset Beach battles bill to de-annex island ends

    While Senate Bill 875 stalls in a state House committee, Sunset Beach residents are continuing to question and take action against Sen. Bill Rabon’s controversial measure to de-annex either end of the town island.

    Island resident Jan Harris planned to turn over to the town Wednesday more than 4,200 petition signatures opposing the bill Rabon filed May 11 in Raleigh to de-annex three portions of the town, including its island ends and a mainland site where a senior apartment complex is under construction.

  • Edmunds leads race for re-election in primary

    The four-way race for the North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice seat that was the only item on the Brunswick County ballot June 7 leaned heavily toward the incumbent at press time Tuesday.

    With 17 of 26 precincts reporting, Judge Robert H. “Bob” Edmunds had 56.19 percent of the 2,266 ballots reported.

    Edmunds ran for re-election against Michael R. “Mike” Morgan, Daniel Robertson and Sabra Jean Faires.

    Morgan had 748 votes for 33.07 percent of the vote, but trailed Edmunds by 523 votes.

  • Commissioners to decide on farmers markets/farm stand rules

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance amendment to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands Monday night, but will decide on whether to make the changes at their July 18 meeting.

    Following a public hearing on the text change, commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Randy Thompson each expressed concerns they said would keep them from voting for the amendment.

  • Supply man accused of punching deputy

    A Supply man is accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    Someone called 911 to report a drunk driver on Sword Street in Supply on Friday night, June 3, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. A deputy found 64-year-old Terry D. Sossamon, of Ocean Boulevard West, driving a golf cart and pulled him over.

    Sossamon refused to follow the deputy’s commands before trying to step away from him and punched him in the chest, Flax said.

  • Argument at Lincoln Elementary leads to gunfire, two arrests

    An argument between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland led to gunfire off campus and the arrest of a Delco couple Friday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the school’s resource officer, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Huggins, and staff intervened until those involved in the argument left campus.