Local News

  • FEMA awards $1.7M for stormwater project

    Boiling Spring Lakes will receive $1,732,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a spillway project for Allen Creek. The improvements will help protect the floodplain and surrounding properties and help mitigate erosion and flooding caused by the spillway at Sanford Dam.

    The $1.7 million grant represents a federal share of the total project cost of $2,310,000. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

  • New fund to pay for two county road projects

    N.C. 133 in Brunswick County, which has historically experienced major flooding problems, will be among seven areas of southeastern North Carolina to benefit from a new fund to pay for smaller, yet significant highway projects.

  • Leland woman safely located

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a Leland woman last seen March 29 has been found safely. Earlier today the sheriff's office asked for the public’s assistance in locatingDeidre Dannielle Watson, 28, was last seen March 29 at her home on Maco Road in Leland about 9 p.m.

  • Belville board appoints new commissioner

    BELVILLE — Belville officials filled the empty seat on the town board at the March 26 meeting by appointing Kent Goodman as the fourth commissioner.

    Pat O’Bryant resigned from the board at the Feb. 26 meeting. Goodman will serve out the 20 months remaining on O’Bryant’s four-year term that began in December 2015.

    “We know that we had a commissioner step down. We put the date and the time out (for applications) and I think March 22 was the end date,” Belville Mayor Mike Allen said.

  • H2GO board relaxes restrictions on employees

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members followed through at the March 20 meeting on an agreement they discussed in February to ease a gag rule on employees talking to the media.

  • Brunswick ranked fastest growing NC county, 29th in nation

    Brunswick County officials regularly tout the county as one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina, and the United States.

    Now they have U.S. Census Bureau population estimates to back up that claim.

    The census data released March 22 estimated Brunswick County grew from 107,431 as of April 1, 2010, to 130,897 on July 1, 2017. The 23,466 additional residents put the county at a growth rate of 21.8 percent, best in the state over the seven-year period.

  • Corps works on Shallotte Inlet shoaling

    A year after concerns about shoaling in the Lockwood Folly Inlet led to dredging projects to make it safer to navigate, Shallotte Inlet is facing the same problems.

    Shoaling is caused by sand buildup from erosion that leaves navigation channels in the inlets too shallow.

    The Army Corps of Engineers report the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlet channels can be 90 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but recent surveys show depths as shallow as four and five feet in places.

  • Sunset Beach steers toward special parking for residents

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders may soon be taking a closer look at special parking for residents.

    Near the end of the March 20 town council workshop, councilwoman Jan Harris said she would like to start discussion at council’s April 2 meeting and work toward possibilities for special parking on the island for Sunset Beach citizens.

    “I would like for us to begin discussions to make that possible,” she said.

    Councilman Charlie Nern asked whether that would entail reserved parking.

  • Sunset Beach police seek two men in separate cases

    Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two men sought in two separate cases investigated by Sunset Beach police.

    Derek Craig Leighton, 31, of Royal Poste Road in Sunset Beach, is wanted in the theft of a purse and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle last week, while Kenyon Douglas Ross faces a forgery charge in an attempt to pass a counterfeit check Monday at a local bank, police reports show.

  • Carolina Shores anticipates slightly lower tax rate

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is predicting a 10-cent per $100 property valuation tax rate for the coming fiscal year.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said that’s slightly lower than the current .1016 cents per $100 valuation rate, which has remained neutral for six years in a row without a property tax increase.

    Mendenhall’s statement to the Beacon followed a March 20 town board of commissioners budget retreat.