Local News

  • Local woman's purse recovered in suspect's car in Virginia

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman’s stolen purse was recovered in Virginia, after the suspect was involved with a shootout with sheriff’s deputies there.

    According to Detective Ken Bellamy of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach resident Ginny Pridgen’s stolen purse was recovered after Virginia authorities apprehended John Benton Hodges, 32, of Pulaski, Va., on June 20.

  • UDO hearing draws non-controversy in Calabash

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents turned out for a non-controversial town commissioners meeting Tuesday to hear and speak out about proposed rezonings in the town’s draft Unified Development Ordinance.

    As preparation of the UDO winds down, residents were given an opportunity to speak at the public hearing.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said it was a meeting for the board to hear comments only about the UDO and accompanying zoning map. He said the board wouldn’t take any action at the evening meeting.

  • DA’s office appeals Superior Court decision to dismiss fire chief’s DWI

    BOLIVIA—District attorney Rex Gore announced last week his office filed a notice of appeal over the granting of a motion to suppress evidence, which led to a dismissal in the state’s driving while impaired case against Oak Island Fire Chief John House.

    According to the appeal filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 16 by assistant district attorney Erin Holden, Holden is appealing Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ June 8 dismissal of House’s appeal of a 2009 District Court driving while impaired conviction.

  • County budget OK’d with no tax increase, layoffs

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which included no tax increases and no layoffs of county employees.

    Commissioners approved the $196 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which takes effect July 1, at their regular meeting Monday. The budget keeps the ad valorem tax rate at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation—29.5 cents in tax and a 1-cent repayment for a Brunswick Community College bond approved by voters in 2004.

  • Board of equalization and review votes to stay Coastal Companies’ property assessments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Equalization and Review on Tuesday denied nine appeals filed with the board challenging county-assessed property values on behalf of developer Mark Saunders’ various enterprises.

    The board denied eight appeals that included 930 parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, Ocean Ridge SeaWatch and Eagle Point.

  • County approves contract for new medical provider for detention center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a three-year contract with Correct Care Solutions for comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services for inmates at Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Correct Care Solutions replaces Southern Health Partners for jail medical services beginning July 1, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

  • Sweepstakes workers decry town fees, threaten lawsuit

    Beach Internet Café beside Lowe’s Foods in Shallotte is a brightly lit storefront stocked with 46 computer screens, open from 9 a.m. to midnight, where people come in, buy Internet time and receive sweepstakes entries that could result in cash winnings.

    But come July, the shop could be out of business, now that the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has enacted a $1,000 per-machine fee effective July 1.

  • Shallotte approves budget with no tax increase; water, sewer fees will rise

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has approved the 2010-2011 budget, with a total of $3,839,532 in the general fund and $3,365,927 in the water/sewer fund.

    The new budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    “This will be a tight budget year in many respects as a result of the slow economy and the recession that began nationwide in January of 2008,” Hughes said in his budget message to the board Tuesday night.

  • YES! for summer camps at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—More than 30 children took to the stage Monday morning at Odell Williamson Auditorium. They rehearsed lines, music and staging for their upcoming production of “Dreamers.”

    Across the Brunswick Community College campus, another group of children began to learn how to speak Spanish.

  • ‘No major issues’ but town reminds beachgoers safety first

    It’s been several years since Ocean Isle Beach town commissioners voted to ban cabanas from the beach, but John Goodwin, police chief, said it’s a violation beach patrol officers address daily.

    “We don’t allow cabanas on the beach, and people are still trying to use them,” Goodwin said. “There’s nothing the officers can do. [They] have to go along with what the town ordinance says.”

    Although officers have to remind people daily, Goodwin said most everyone is cooperative and understands the rule.