Local News

  • Facebook page lands man in jail

    Just hours after entering a plea and returning home from jail after several months, Facebook postings have landed one man back in jail.

    Jamar Akeem Bethea, 18,  was arrested in March for felony inciting a riot involving the shooting death of 19-year-old Marcus London Hankins.

    The former South Brunswick High School football star was shot to death April 16, 2011, during a private party at the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

  • Vehicle stolen from Shallotte gas station


    SHALLOTTE—Police are looking for a 1997 gray Ford Ranger truck with a North Carolina license plate XWN7491.

    The vehicle was taken from the Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte on Thursday, June 14 around 10:15 p.m.

    According to the Shallotte police department, the victim dropped his key when exiting the truck. The suspect reportedly picked up the keys and was last seen driving through the Scotchman parking lot.

  • Helicopter crashes near Oak Island Pier

    A helicopter crashed Thursday near the Oak Island Pier. Two passengers were aboard the aircraft and were rescued by a charter fishing vessel.

    Fishermen and beachgoers gathered on the beach to watch the rescue. Several fishermen witnessed the crash and said the helicopter seemed to be having trouble before it hit the water.

    TowBoatUS recovered the helicopter and towed it ashore in the Yaupon Beach area of Oak Island.

  • Pat Sykes resigns from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioner-elect Pat Sykes has resigned from the county’s board of social services.

    County commissioners appointed Fauna Schaub to replace Sykes on the DSS board at their last meeting, Monday, June 4.

    Commissioners approved Schaub’s appointment four votes to one, with commissioner and former DSS member Charles Warren dissenting.

  • NWS unveils new tornado, tsunami warning system

    Don’t ignore your cell phone if it starts vibrating strangely. It could be an emergency message from the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service is part of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the agency to interface to the Wireless Emergency Alters (WEA) service being rolled out by wireless carriers across the country this year.

    CMAS is a partnership between Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to enhance public safety.

  • Holden Beach budget passes with some objections

    Holden Beach commissioners approved an $8.3 million budget by a 3-2 vote at their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The budget includes a $2.45 million operating fund, $3.4 million water and sewer fund and $2.4 million BPART fund.

    Commissioners Sandy Miller, Don Glander and Ray Lehr voted for the budget, which does not include a tax increase, while commissioners Dennis Harrington and Sheila Young voted against the budget.

  • Commissioners deny manager’s plea for $11,000 personnel policy revision

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied county manager Marty Lawing’s request to hire a consultant to review the county’s 16-year-old personnel policy manual. 

    Lawing wanted to hire an outside consultant to review and draft an updated personnel policy for $11,000, because he said no county department head had adequate time to devote to the project.

    Lawing said the county previously formed a committee to review the document and to draft a new policy, but the committee was unable to come up with a workable document.

  • Town Creek Park improvements, Leland senior center pushed back to 2013-2014 budget

    BOLIVIA—Two capital projects won’t make it into the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget after all.

    Commissioners reconsidered two capital projects—Town Creek Park improvements and a new senior center in Leland—at a budget workshop Thursday, June 7. But neither will be in the proposed $196.2 million budget when commissioners vote on it at their next meeting June 18.

    Instead, the projects will appear on the 2013-2014 fiscal year’s budget.

  • Sunset Beach Orchid merits an award

    SUNSET BEACH—This coastal town has its own beach, beauty and high-rise bridge.

    As if Sunset Beach didn’t already have it all, now it has its own award-winning orchid.

    The town has Atlanta resident and orchid grower David Kessler to thank for that.

    Kessler, a frequent visitor to Sunset Beach, received the coveted Award of Merit from the American Orchid Society for the photogenic, brilliant yellow-and-orange-hued orchid he developed and named “Sunset Beach.”

  • Towns set sights on urban transportation planning

    CAROLINA SHORES—Municipal leaders have plenty of questions about Brunswick County towns becoming part of the Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

    They brought those questions to an informational meeting Tuesday focused on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) based south of the border in South Carolina.