Local News

  • Commissioners approve $194.1 million county budget with no tax increase

     BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a $194.1 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Commissioners approved the 2012-2013 budget three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The budget takes effect July 1.

    The $194.1 million budget is 1.8 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget, county manager Marty Lawing said.

    The property tax rate will remain the same at 44.25 cents per $100 of assessed property.

  • Ordinance change finalizes adoption of Sheriff Animal Protective Services

     BOLIVIA—With an ordinance change approved Monday, county commissioners replaced what was formerly the county’s animal services department with Sheriff Animal Protective Services.

    Beginning July 1, all animal control, including enforcement, shelter operations and adoptions, will now be under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

    Commissioners approved the switch at their June 4 meeting, but a unanimous ordinance change approval, which came Monday night, was required to make the move official.

  • Statewide unemployment less than 10 percent for May

    For the fourth consecutive month, statewide unemployment in North Carolina is less than 10 percent.

    According to unemployment estimates recently released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina’s unemployment rate for May was 9.4 percent—the same statewide unemployment rate as April.

  • Public hearing on sewer assessment scheduled for July 16

    BOLIVIA—A second public hearing has been scheduled to solicit comments about the assessment method of the Brick Landing Plantation sewer improvement project.

    The total project cost to be recouped by an assessment is $805,066, and there are about 510 parcels in Brick Landing included in the Special Assessment District, Brunswick County Engineering Director Bill Pinnix said.

    Commissioners unanimously approved a 50 percent per-parcel and 50 percent lot acreage assessment method at their meeting Monday night.

  • Possible shark bite on Ocean Isle Beach

    A possible shark bite has been reported on Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to Daisy Ivey, town administrator, an emergency call for an animal bite on the beach strand went out before noon on Monday. 

    Ivey said the incident involved a young girl who is about 6 years old. The girl's mother said she saw a school of fish jumping in the water and a shark.

    The girl was swimming in the water on the east end of the island near the inlet.

  • One dead in Monday morning wreck

    One person is dead after a wreck on River Road (N.C. 133) near Leland Monday morning.

    According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the wreck was reported at about 7:50 a.m. Monday, June 18. 

    Few details about the wreck were immediately available, but Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said one person died.

    In addition to the person who died, a second person was extricated from a vehicle by emergency crews and taken to a hospital for treatment.

  • 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.