Local News

  • Sunset Beach: Bustling businesses line Queen Anne Street in Village Center

    SUNSET BEACH—With wheels in motion for a new merchants association, local Realtor Fred Thorne says things are looking up along his little stretch of commerce.
    For the first time, all the shops along Queen Anne Street in the Village Center are rented, Thorne said at a Dec. 5 meeting to discuss formation of a town-wide merchants association.

  • Foreclosure filed on Saunders' properties

    BB&T Bank has filed a foreclosure motion against developer Mark Saunders and several of his Brunswick County companies The bank charges Saunders defaulted on nearly $4.5 million in loans.
    On Dec. 20, a continuance for the case against Saunders’ MAS Properties and Eastern Carolinas Construction and Development was granted for May 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court.
    The action by Branch Banking and Trust Co. cites loans dating back to 1997.

  • Leland, Wilmington missing teens found

    Two teenagers reported missing Dec. 27 have been found.

    The Leland and Wilmington Police departments requested help finding Aynton Clemmons, 16, of Leland, and Kelsey Harmon, 14, of Wilmington last week. They had not been seen since about 1 a.m. last Thursday morning.

    According to Leland Town Manager David Hollis, Clemmons was back with family in Leland by Dec. 31.

    Wilmington Police Departmernt Public Affairs Officer Lucy Crockett said the Kitty Hawk Police Department confirmed Harmon was found Dec. 29.

  • Leland rejects apartment text change

    LELAND—There was a packed house at Leland’s Dec. 20 town meeting where residents were ready to argue against a unified development ordinance text change. Many believed the change would lead to unwanted apartments near the Waterford development.

    But the town council decided one small change was unnecessary when they have a new zoning plan on the horizon.

  • Property owner says county’s land grab ruined development plans

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A Boiling Spring Lakes property owner who lost one of his lots to Brunswick County because of eminent domain says the condemnation killed his development plans.

    Dan Lichty spoke to county commissioners Dec. 3. He said he was surprised to learn that morning the county was digging up a lot to install a pump station for the Boiling Spring Lakes Wastewater collection project.

  • County will seek Waccamaw Park grant, but won’t rush to renovate

    BOLIVIA—Two weeks after Brunswick County commissioners approved a Waccamaw Park master plan outlining potential improvements, the parks and recreation department is ready to start fundraising.

    On Dec. 3 commissioners approved a plan for upgrading Waccamaw Park that could cost $2.9 million, but the board didn’t commit to spending money yet.

    Parks and recreation director Jim Pryor told the board a master plan allows him to apply for grants that could cut down county costs.

    He said Parks and Recreation Trust Fund money could be available.

  • New name, logo for combined county health and social services agencies

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners combined the health and social services departments into a single agency to improve their image, but a logo for the new department has been a tough sell.

    The county board voted in September to combine the departments. After they were consolidated, a team of staff members from the health and social services departments selected a new name and image to promote the joint services the new department provides.

  • BFA, community make Christmas merry for many

    A line of cars started forming around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20 along Smith Avenue in anticipation of the annual holiday distribution of toys and food by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Shortly before 9 a.m., the rear doors of the old pressroom at The Brunswick Beacon swung open to start admitting clients during the annual event to dispense toys and food in time for the holidays.

    Donations came thanks to the community.

    BFA program director Lora Moree said the distribution encompasses 2,290 people, or 390 families with children who are in the program.

  • Flu to-do may include vaccine at your local pharmacy

    With the onset of flu season, there’s still plenty of time to get a shot.

    Now might be a good time.

    In recent weeks, North Carolina has become one of eight states to have an early, especially intense flu season.

    Three influenza-related deaths have been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While the Brunswick County Health Department offers flu shots, pharmacies are administering them, too.

  • Calabash second annual New Year's Eve party set for Monday night

    CALABASH—The town will host its second public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration starting at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities will take place in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River. Light refreshments, including hot cocoa, coffee, clam chowder and nachos and cheese, will be part of the event.

    There will also be a casting of messages-in-a-bottle. Participants will write good wishes and place them in the bottles, which will be taken out to the Gulf Stream by the Hurricane Fleet.