Local News

  • Sunset Beach residents come out to talk to town at community meetings

    SUNSET BEACH—Only one resident showed up for the town’s first community meeting last week.

    Linda Barber, a resident of The Regency, met with town officials at the first in a series of meetings July 19.

    But nearly 50 people showed up for the town’s second community meeting for residents of Sandpiper Bay Tuesday, July 24, bringing with them questions about the future town park, available parking at the new boat ramp, the size of the new fishing pier and other concerns.

  • Calabash Town Hall day talks about the weather

    CALABASH—Town Hall Day this Friday will focus on the weather.

    This year’s event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at town hall on Persimmon Road, will center specifically on storm history and hurricane preparedness.

    Highlights include experts from the weather bureau in Wilmington, a hurricane simulation trailer, a WECT-TV meteorologist and weather-related prizes. Weather experts will also be on hand to program weather radios.

    The new Brunswick County mobile emergency command bus will be at the event as well.

  • Meeting about Sunset Beach proposed park is Aug. 2

    SUNSET BEACH—Withers & Ravenel consulting firm will have a public meeting from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input on what should go in the proposed 5-acre public park site on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The meeting will be in the form of a “charrette,” in which the public will have an opportunity to sit down at tables and participate in the design of the park, according to Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • Sunset Beach council puts itself in charge of state of emergency

    SUNSET BEACH—At the suggestion of Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Lou De Vita, town council has approved a change granting authority to council, rather than the mayor, during a state of emergency in the town.

    Unanimous approval came at council’s monthly workshop July 17.

    Town ordinances 91.02 and 91.03 previously empowered the mayor to declare and issue restrictions in a state of emergency. Council approved changing wording in those sections to “town council” and “council” to replace “mayor.”

  • Charges dropped in case against visiting priest

    BOLIVIA—Prosecutors have dropped charges against a visiting Catholic priest who was arrested in Brunswick County in 2010.

    The Rev. Edgar Sepulveda, 49, was arrested in January 2010, charged with one count of second-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual battery. Sepulveda was suspended from the priesthood when he was arrested more than two years ago.

    According to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Michael Burbidge suspended Sepulveda on Jan. 8, 2010.

  • Jackson, Hewett re-appointed as chair, vice-chair of DSS board

    BOLIVIA—With the assistance of an attorney for the first time in more than a year and a half, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services appointed a chairman and vice-chairman at their meeting Tuesday.

    Tina Jackson was re-appointed as chair of the county’s DSS board, and Bernest Hewett was re-appointed as vice-chairman.

  • State unemployment remains at 9.4 percent in June

    RALEIGH—Unemployment in North Carolina was 9.4 percent in June.

    June marks the third consecutive month North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, according to information released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    June’s 9.4 percent unemployment tops the nation’s 9.1 percent rate for June. It’s more than a point lower from the same time last year. North Carolina’s unemployment rate in June 2011 was 10.6 percent.

  • 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.