Local News

  • Ocean Isle Beach town leaders recognized for 20 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two of Ocean Isle Beach’s town’s leaders were recognized Tuesday for 20 years of service to the town.

    At the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented Town Administrator Daisy Ivey and Police Chief John Goodwin with 20-year service awards.

    Ivey began working for the town on Feb. 25, 1991, when she left a career in banking to take over the town clerk and finance officer positions.

  • Commissioners to consider moving utilities hardship program to general fund

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will revisit moving the county’s utilities hardship program for low-income water and sewer customers to the general fund at their next meeting. 

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

  • Who’s paying for legal research into code of ethics?

    With censure proceedings under way for an alleged code of ethics violation of commissioner Charles Warren, who is paying for legal research into the code?

    Warren has repeatedly refused to step down from the DSS board, which prompted the censure proceedings, even soliciting DSS attorney Gary Shipman, who county commissioners voted to fire last month, to investigate the code of ethics with the University of North Carolina School of Government

    Shipman has billed the county more than $400 to do so.

  • Supply man arrested for Shell Point area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Supply man for several residential break-ins in the Shell Point area of Supply.

    In December 2010, forced entry was made to three homes on Goldfinch and Chickadee Place. Nearly $600 worth of personal property was stolen from the homes.

    On Feb. 7, detectives arrested Corbit Lee McLean, 24, of 1722 Wood Duck Lane, Supply, and charged him with three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of larceny.

    The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

  • Mental health court graduates first class

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Mental Health Treatment Court graduated its first group of participants last week since the court’s inception nearly two years ago.

    Launched by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in April 2009, four participants were among the first group to graduate in a ceremony last Thursday, Feb. 3.

  • Stone Chimney Road expected to re-open Feb. 16

    SUPPLY—Stone Chimney Road is expected to re-open for traffic Wednesday, Feb. 16, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    The road was closed for bridge repair work to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29, 2010.

    But in December it was announced the road would remain closed for a total 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

  • Aldermen reluctantly approved budget adjustment

    Why is the town of Shallotte paying unemployment for three employees who left of their own free will and one who was terminated? And to the tune of $28,089.32.

    During the February Board of Aldermen meeting, Mimi Gaither, finance director, brought the issue to the board’s attention, requesting approval of a budget adjustment. A letter dated Dec. 10, 2010, from Phillip W. Smith, Chief Tax Unemployment Insurance Division, arrived at town hall, taking everyone by surprise.

  • U.S. 17 business expansion promises to improve appearance

    Black’s Tire Service on U.S. 17 in Shallotte is two steps closer to beginning work on an expansion project designed to enhance the business’s appearance.

    The first issue concerning the Black’s Tire Service expansion project brought before the Shallotte Board of Alderman at its February meeting was a petition for annexation of .95 acres.

  • Not giving up on the port—proponents rally to support megaport in Southport

    Since the December announcement of the state’s intent to refocus on the Wilmington Harbor Project and not pursue a megaport in Southport at this time, two new groups have formed supporting the idea of a port—Yes Port and Yes for the Port. The groups share similar missions of exploring the possibilities of the port being constructed in Southport.

    Both groups didn’t anticipate the overwhelming support they received and are encouraged.

    Yes Port

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Billy Joe Lawson, 36, of 6921 Pearl St., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested for felony possession of cocaine and driving while license revoked. The suspect was pulled over for equipment violation and consented to a search of his vehicle. Officers found a white rock substance in the driver’s side floorboard. Lawson was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.