Local News

  • Sunset Beach 'old council' debates process for vacant seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Old council or new council?

    A tug-of-war erupted among Sunset Beach Town Council members at their standing-room-only Nov. 17 workshop about how to best fill the vacant council seat of Terry Johnson, who abruptly resigned on the afternoon of Election Day, Nov. 3, after serving less than two years on council.

    Council voted to accept Johnson’s resignation at its next meeting in December rather than at the work session.

  • Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment grants Riverside North setback variance

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment has approved a setback variance for 44 Riverside North lots on Riverside Drive.

    Approval came at a Nov. 18 hearing continued from October.

    Chris Stanley, designated agent for the applicant, sought a variance to reduce the required 25-foot front yard setback in the BR-2 beach residential district covering Riverside Drive to 15 feet for all lots in the proposed project.

  • Hunger and Homeless Banquet addresses need

    SOUTHPORT — Less than a week before Thanksgiving, a roomful of concerned residents and representatives convened to discuss local need at the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition’s fourth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet.

    The “banquet” consisted of a simple soup-and-water lunch, but there was much to discuss beforehand as the meeting got under way at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

  • NCDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, be safe in travels

    It is no secret Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays with people visiting their families to enjoy food and fellowship. Increased traffic leads to a greater potential for more danger on the roads. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding people: Don’t be a turkey, stay safe and buckle up — every seat — every time. It’s the law.

  • Carolina Shores work session canceled

    The town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners monthly pre-agenda meeting for Dec. 7 has been canceled.

    The board’s monthly meeting is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, when new Mayor Joyce Dunn and newly elected commissioners Bill Brennan, Gere Dale and Mary Timothy will take the oath of office.

  • Open house Dec. 10 on Ocean Isle Beach Park

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which is beginning phase two construction for Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach, is hosting a drop-in public open house Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    This meeting will offer citizens an opportunity to provide valuable information to parks and recreation representatives as well as park planners about the future development at Ocean Isle Beach Park.

  • NCDOT continues N.C. 211 lane closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will continue nighttime lane closures on N.C. 211 in Southport at N.C. 87 to the Ferry Terminal through Tuesday, Dec. 15, excluding the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-30. The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday each week for milling and resurfacing, weather permitting.

    During the work, no on-street parking will be allowed within the work zone and towing will be enforced.

  • Bolivia men accused of stealing 1,000+ Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation

    Two Bolivia men were arrested Saturday, Nov. 21, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they stole more than a thousand Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation.

    Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, each are charged with taking a Venus flytrap, second-degree trespass and 149 counts of taking certain wild plants, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Saturday night.

  • Five men charged in Bolivia assault, robbery, kidnapping

     Five people accused of beating, robbing and kidnapping a man Oct. 3 on Easy Street in Bolivia were arrested last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 24-year-old Ali Harris Gardner and 19-year-old Sharone Dionte Chapman, both of Bolivia, 21-year-olds Erik Hunter Manis, Monjharvis Montarion Walls and 18-year-old Antoine Deshon Gore, all of Southport, each on charges of assault to inflict serious bodily injury, common law robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

  • Raleigh man arrested, charged in Leland robbery

     A Raleigh man is accused of robbing a man in Brunswick County last month.

    Raleigh police arrested 24-year-old Dietric Lamont Taylor Jr. on Nov. 4 and took him to Brunswick County, where he was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Taylor is accused of threatening a man with a semi-automatic pistol before stealing his Samsung Galaxy cell phone, valued at $620, and $160 cash Oct. 15, warrants show.