Local News

  • No butts about it: Leland, Oak Island targeted for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has targeted the towns of Oak Island and Leland for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Chairman Steve Cherry said the towns were targeted to track cigarette butts and to provide the town with cigarette receptacles, which KBCB members hope will reduce cigarette litter.

    In Leland, Cross Creek Commons shopping center was selected for the program. In Oak Island, the focus was on the beach, and the Oak Island Pier was selected for the program.

  • No charges filed against former Bald Head Island mayor

    District attorney Rex Gore has declined to file charges against a former mayor who challenged the residency of several Bald Head Island registered voters last year, resulting in many of them being removed from the voter registration rolls.

    Larry Lammert, former mayor of Bald Head Island, became the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) inquiry in May, after concerns were raised to Gore about how Lammert obtained the information.

  • Jim Quick and the Coastline Band headline concert series Friday in Ocean Isle Beach

    Brunswick County’s summer concert series continues with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free concerts always take place in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul and rock, Coastline is renowned for “hard-driving Carolina backbeats, Georgia-Southern rock, Cajun-inspired grooves.”

  • Pollution solution for Lockwood Folly River is in the community, advocate says

    Improving the quality of polluted shellfish beds at the Lockwood Folly River will require a community effort, a coastal advocate says.

    Public comments recently sought about pollution of shellfish beds in the river will aid in finding solutions, Mike Giles with the N.C. Coastal Federation said.

    “The challenge is to all work together—communities and government—to try to mimic the natural hydrology,” Giles said—to soak in stormwater before it runs off and leads to pollution of the river.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council votes to salvage pontoon bridge

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has approved efforts to pursue having portions of the old Intracoastal Waterway pontoon bridge moved to a future fishing pier and, if possible, stored on an adjacent 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future park.

    The unanimous vote came at a specially called meeting Aug. 12 following debate among five council members about what the future holds for the old span once it’s replaced by the new $32 million high-rise bridge slated to open this fall.

  • New bridge may be unavailable for MS Ride

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge may not be open in time for the upcoming Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach Ride slated to end for the first time in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker, speaking at a specially called town council meeting Aug. 12, said he learned through town staff an MS official has been advised the new bridge may not be available for use when the two-day ride ends Sept. 26 in Sunset Beach.

  • Revived development 'a good sign' for Calabash

    CALABASH—After months of wrangling, site preparation is finally under way at the site of the future Calabash Town Center, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons noted last week.

    “We’re proud to see that project move forward,” Clemmons said, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Aug. 10.

    Plans by Shallotte Partners call for 216 apartments or 18 three-story buildings on a 22.5-acre tract at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads. Commercial strips fronting both those roads will be developed separately.

  • Commissioners loosen UDO regulations to benefit small business growth

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved loosening some regulations outlined in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to benefit small businesses in the county.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the proposed changes to the UDO were mainly aesthetic changes such as illumination levels, lighting requirements, building façade requirements, landscape and buffering requirements and fences.

  • Commissioners OK no-wake zone in Intracoastal Waterway

    BOLIVIA—There’s a good chance boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway will have to slow down between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach after county commissioners OK’d a request for a no-wake zone along the stretch of waterway.

    On Monday, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a no-wake zone request in the waterway in front of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club.

  • Sheriff warns about fraudulent phone calls

    A resident of Brunswick County made contact with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Friday in reference to a solicitation received through a telephone call.