Local News

  • Longtime state representative retires from Raleigh; focuses on future, businesses

     WHITEVILLE—After 20 years in politics, state Rep. Dewy Hill, D-Whiteville, is retiring.

    Well, not exactly.

    Hill is not seeking re-election to the General Assembly, but the Whiteville business owner has no plans of settling down in his business ventures any time soon.

    “There’s life after Raleigh,” Hill joked during a recent interview in his Whiteville-based business headquarters.

  • Hospital authority takes steps to dissolve

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have begun the process to dissolve the board.

    Authority members have been tasked with overseeing the operations of the former Brunswick Community Hospital since it was first built in 1977 until last July, when Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center, replacing Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Also in July 2011, authority members reverted the ownership of the 74-bed hospital and its 30-plus acres to the county.

  • New traffic pattern for N.C. 87 north

    Officials with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have realigned the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, creating a new traffic pattern.

    According to NCDOT, the intersection was realigned Monday, July 16, from the former N.C. 87 to Old Town Creek Road just north.

    The new intersection, at U.S. 17 and Old Town Creek Road, was opened to motorists Monday afternoon.

  • School system to implement facilities master plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are moving forward with a comprehensive facilities master plan that goes beyond traditional bricks-and-mortar.

    Steve Miley, director of operations for Brunswick County Schools, said board of education members approved a consulting firm at their last meeting July 10 to assist with the plan.

  • Commissioners seek review of county’s jobs, salaries

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to address a salary increase for county employees.

    At their meeting Monday, July 16, commissioners approved a comprehensive review of the county’s jobs, salaries and benefits. They also agreed to address salary increases, which were not included in the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which began July 1.

    Commissioners have scheduled a workshop for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to discuss options for a salary increase for county employees.

  • Autopsy results of mom's death released

    SUNSET BEACH—Megan Elizabeth Tysinger died from a single bullet wound to her chest from a 9-mm gun, according to autopsy results released this week.

    Tysinger, 28, was pronounced dead after being found by her ex-husband, Brandon Tysinger, on the morning of April 23 in a bedroom at her home at 9063 Sea Lane.

    The report states an autopsy was conducted the following day at Onslow County Hospital because her ex-husband was at the residence at the time of the incident and was the only witness.

  • Officials say winning lottery ticket obtained illegally

    The Oak Island Police Department, working with security officials from the N.C. Education Lottery, has arrested the husband of a $1 million lottery claimant, charging he obtained the winning ticket illegally.

    The husband, Sean Mewherter of Wilmington, was charged Wednesday with larceny by employee and possession of stolen goods more than $100,000.

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets a boost

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Mike Hargett has received a favorable review and a raise to go with it.

    At the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 5, commissioner Joyce Dunn said Hargett passed his July 2 review and was bestowed the maximum allowable merit raise to go with it.

    In fact, Hargett’s review was “outstanding,” Dunn said.

  • Sea Trail up for sale for nearly $10 million: Any takers?

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sea Trail resident is trying to rally interest in the sale of his community’s golf courses and other amenities.

    Marty Friedman learned three weeks ago the “crown jewel of Sunset Beach”—its golf courses, convention center and other properties not owned by residents or the Sea Trail Master Association—are for sale for $9.9 million.

  • Garbage rollbacks "aren't playing nice" in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The garbage rollback issue on the island has reared its messy head again with a councilman complaining people aren’t abiding by the rules.

    “People that said they were going to play nice aren’t playing nice,” Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita said at the July 2 council meeting.

    Fellow council member Carol Scott said the idea was that if people “very egregiously did not follow” the town ordinance, they could still be fined.