Local News

  • No upset bids filed by Monday’s deadline for former hospital, land

    BOLIVIA—No upset bids were filed by Monday’s deadline to purchase what was once Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Debby Gore, clerk to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, said no one filed an upset bid to purchase the former 60-bed hospital and more than 30 acres of land by the 5 p.m. deadline Monday, July 23.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC, restarting the clock on the upset bid process, which closed Monday.

  • Two Brunswick County men sentenced to federal prison for drug charges

    RALEIGH—Two Brunswick County men were recently sentenced to federal prison for narcotics charges.

    U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker recently announced U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced the two Brunswick defendants for their illegal activities in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation known as BuggSnatcher.

    Jay Avery Jenrette, 25, of Brunswick County, was sentenced to 92 months, or seven and a half years, in federal prison, for conspiring to distribute and possess more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

  • Dispute over Sunset Beach surveys; councilwoman doesn't care what mayor says

    SUNSET BEACH—A heated exchange ensued over a town park survey at a town council workshop Tuesday.

    At the start of the monthly session, Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato and town councilwoman Carol Scott questioned the surveys that town staff has prepared to mail out to residents.

    Scott said the way it’s worded, the survey could spur people to check off items for the town park when they may actually prefer to have the site left in its natural state.

  • DHHS grant funds new mobile operations center for Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA—With its flat-screen TVs and refrigerated coolers to store cold drinks, it would seem that the 34-foot Winnebago parked outside Brunswick County Emergency Services Department is a toy. But it’s not.

    The state-of-the-art bus with its V-10, 362-horsepower engine is a mobile operations unit, allowing for first responders and other emergency officials to be completely self-sustainable in the most severe of disasters.

  • Second primary for five races draws little turnout in Brunswick

    BOLIVIA—Voter turnout for the second primary election was low.

    Only 1,263 of the county’s nearly 80,000 registered voters cast ballots on the second primary Tuesday, July 17, which was 1.62 percent, Brunswick County Elections Director Greg Bellamy estimated.

    Statewide 220,761 of North Carolina’s more than 6.1 million voters cast their ballots in last week’s contest, which was a 3.5 percent voter turnout.

  • Very Varnam: Produce producer sells only what she grows

    VARNAMTOWN—Esther Varnam’s produce-producing philosophy is pretty simple.

    “If we don’t grow it, we don’t sell it,” says the 80-year-old, standing next to her freshly harvested tomatoes, potatoes and other edible seasonal offerings at her outdoor produce stand on a muggy Friday the 13th last week.

    “We only sell what we grow here,” she said.

    She guesstimates she’s been running her homegrown produce stand in front of her house on Varnamtown Road for the past quarter-century.

  • Back-to-school time is rapidly approaching and 178 students are still in need

    With mid-July heat and sunny skies, it’s hard to think about preparing for back to school, but one local organization is doing just that.

    Brunswick Family Assistance is in the midst of its annual Christmas in July program where it assists local parents with preparing their children for back to school.

    This year 228 students registered for assistance; last year the program served 118 students.

    The program serves Brunswick County children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

  • New fire station in Supply

    SUPPLY—It’s been a long time coming, but a new Supply Volunteer Fire Department firehouse is finally under construction.

    The fire station at 47 Southport Supply Road in Supply is undergoing a serious facelift. According to fire chief Bill Bailey, the firehouse was built in 1975 and had a few issues.

    “They built up [N.C.] 211 so much over the years that the road sat 18 inches higher than the fire station. Every time it rained it flooded out the bays,” he said.

  • Fireworks stops spark concern in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The owner of an island vacation rental company has complained to the town police chief about pre-Fourth of July stops that tied up traffic and upset vacationers.

    Former town councilman Ron Watts, owner of Sunset Properties, sent town police chief Lisa Massey an email on the Fourth of July stating he had received several complaints from paying guests regarding police checks on the island as they returned from having dinner out the previous night.

  • Community meetings start Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has scheduled a series of public meetings in its assorted communities to discuss issues with residents.

    The goal of the meetings, scheduled from July 19 to Sept. 14, is “to expand communications with town residents and property owners.”

    The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, for residents of the Regency and Colony I and II.