Local News

  • Supreme Court ruling: Saunders says county is 'greedy, arrogant' for improper appraisal

    HOLDEN BEACH—Developer Mark Saunders has choice words for Brunswick County.

    On Jan. 25, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously found that in 2008 Brunswick County unlawfully reappraised the tax value of more than 100 undeveloped parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, one of Saunders’ developments.

    This latest ruling from the state’s highest court is a reflection of “greed, arrogance and a disregard for Brunswick County citizenry,” Saunders said in an interview Monday at his Holden Beach office.

  • Sunset Beach woman scammed out of more than $1,500

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Police Department is investigating a scam in which a 79-year-old woman was bilked out of more than $1,500.

    The incident, which involved obtaining property by false pretense, was reported Jan. 28 at the woman’s address on High Market Street.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith said the woman initially responded to an email telling her she had won $950,000 and a new car.

    The rest of her communication with the perpetrators was by phone. Callers told her she had to send money to receive her prizes.

  • Help on the way for Eagles Island causeway congestion

    At least two of the state’s yellow IMAP trucks will help ease congestion on the Eagles Island causeway this summer.

    At the Leland budget workshop Feb. 1, town manager David Hollis announced the North Carolina Department of Transportation approved bringing Incident Management Assistance Patrols (IMAP) to District 3, which includes Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties.

    But the focus of the IMAP trucks will be keeping traffic flowing on the causeway and areas affected by the high volume of traffic.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Jan. 17

    Financial card fraud; suspect used a credit card from an Ashland Way residence to make purchases that were not approved by the cardholder.


    Jan. 20

    Larceny; suspect took camera equipment, valued at $150, from a residence on Timber Lane.


  • Holden Beach Crime report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last three weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 7

    Breaking and entering with non-forcible entry and larceny; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and took a flat-screen TV valued at $800.

    Jan. 10

  • Leland leads budget talks with Friday workshop

    Leland officials will begin their budget discussions for 2013-14 at noon, Friday, Feb. 1.

    “The town hall that is being built and the cultural arts center are the big ticket items,” town manager David Hollis said. “We also want to consider in the upcoming year park properties. The gateway rezoning is an opportunity to provide incentives to lead the charge to it becoming a reality.”

  • Brunswick hires new DSS director

    Cathy Lytch is the new director of the county’s social services department.

    Lytch has worked as DSS program manager for children and adult services in Brunswick County since April of last year.

    Lytch took over the new role Jan. 21 from interim director Neil Walters. She is the first director hired by the county.

    Patricia Connelly, who was appointed to the director’s position by the DSS board, was fired in August. County commissioners subsequently disbanded the DSS board in September 2012.

  • Souper Bowl supports food banks

    SHALLOTTE—Souper Bowl Saturday might not be as popular as Super Bowl Sunday, but give it time.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club hosted the fundraiser in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church for the fourth year this past Saturday.

    “It’s a great community event,” Cindy Hewett, GFWC-NC District 7 president, said.

    This is our fourth year and it has grown every year.”

  • Veteran Seabees bring ‘Can Do!’ attitude to Leland

    LELAND—A group of veteran Seabees have brought their “Can Do!” attitude to Leland.

    Seabees is a nickname for the United States Navy Construction Battalion, or CBs. “Can Do!” is the motto they use based on the reputation the battalions earned during World War II.

    At the end of 2012, the Leland club had 18 members. It was their second year as a chartered organization as the Island X5 Cape Fear Navy Seabee Veterans of America.

    The Seabees’ veteran groups are known as Islands.

  • Commissioners sign off on funding elementary SROs

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners have agreed to help fund school resource officers (SROs) at the county’s elementary schools.

    The funding was officially approved at commissioners’ Jan. 22
    meeting, although board members had already agreed in principle when school officials and county officials met with sheriff’s office officials at a joint meeting Jan. 7.