Local News

  • BCC celebrates opening of Center for Economic and Workforce Development

    LELAND—Judith Petterson, director of Brunswick Community College’s nurse’s aides program, will be the first to tell you of the need for more nurse’s aides in the workforce and the first to show off the program’s brand new classroom and lab at the college’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development.

    The BCC Leland Center received a complete renovation and facelift using $500,000 of the $30 million bond funds county voters approved in 2004 and is now the Center for Economic and Workforce Development.

  • Shallotte sets hearing on budget, electronic gaming fees

    Shallotte aldermen are considering a 2010-2011 budget that keeps the tax rate at 27 cents and an ordinance charging $1,000 per machine at all Internet sweepstakes businesses beginning in the upcoming budget year.

    The board voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to set a public hearing for 6 p.m. June 22 on a proposed $3.8 million budget that would hold the tax rate. In addition to the general fund budget, the budget ordinance also includes a water/sewer enterprise fund totaling nearly $3.37 million.

  • Soles introduces third controversial bill for Brunswick County



    First, it was a bill to split the 13th Prosecutorial District.

    Then, it was a bill to expand pension benefits for district attorneys, followed by a bill to again split the already-split 13th Judicial District.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Cambridge Street in Bolivia; suspect stole medication from victim’s home.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect stabbed victim in the leg.

  • Nonprofit funding cut in trim county budget

    BOLVIA—At a recent budget workshop, Brunswick County commissioners voted to increase the recommended funding for several nonprofit agencies, but overall nonprofit funding is down due to a tighter-than-normal county budget.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone serves on a committee appointed to consider nonprofit agencies’ funding requests and recommend how much each agency receives to county commissioners.

  • Pantano on primary victory, looking ahead to General Election

    Ilario Pantano, the GOP nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, isn’t taking much time to celebrate his primary victory.

    Instead, he is looking forward to the future, specifically November’s General Election.

    Pantano, a former Marine, combat veteran and relative political newcomer on the national scene, secured the GOP nomination May 4 with 17,177 votes. Pantano defeated Will Breazeale, 11,629 votes, and Randy Crow, 4,862 votes.

  • Iler co-sponsors bill to prohibit felons from running for sheriff

    Should convicted felons be prohibited from running for sheriff in North Carolina?

    If a recently introduced bill passes in the N.C. State General Assembly, that question could be left up to voters in November’s General Election.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced May 25.

  • Rare nesting leatherback turtle visits Holden Beach

    Four college students on a midnight walk on Holden Beach Tuesday almost literally stumbled on a rare find—a nesting leatherback turtle.

    The leatherback is the largest sea turtle in the world, with Holden Beach Turtle Patrol officials estimating this one was 6 feet long and weighed 850 pounds. Officials believe this is the first live leatherback ever to nest on Holden Beach.

    Leatherbacks are on the critically endangered species list. They have been on the endangered species list since 1970.

  • Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith reprimanded for six-year-old incident

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission recently reprimanded Sloane Realty and Debbie Smith, broker-in-charge, for incidents that occurred nearly six years ago.

    Consent orders were issued against Sloane Realty and Smith, who serves as the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, during December 2009.

  • Memorial service Sunday for victim of fatal crash

    There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holden Beach for the victim of Thursday's fatal wreck on N.C. 211.

    The memorial service will be at the corner of Ferry Street and Ocean Boulevard East.

    Stephanie Heath, a 23-year-old Brunswick Community College student was killed Thursday afternoon after another car crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the other vehicle is suspected to have been using drugs.