Local News

  • Sunset Beach Parking Committee sets four meetings in early 2011

    The Sunset Beach Parking Committee has scheduled the following meetings in the New Year.

    The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.

    All of the meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Sunset Beach Town Hall Conference Room.

  • Sunset Beach still pursuing grant money for first town park

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach is still in the process of trying to secure grant money for a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site being eyed for a future town park.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at a Dec. 16 planning board workshop, said no contract is in place as yet for the property, priced at an estimated $3.5 million, in order for the town to acquire it.

    “But in anticipation of possibly getting one in the very near future, we’re proceeding to apply for grant funding,” Parker said.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge being dismantled

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill Prince is starting to feel nostalgic about an old bridge that sparks as much affection as it has consternation over the years.

    Prince is the only operator of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge still on duty since the new $44 million high-rise bridge officially opened to traffic Nov. 11. In about two more weeks, the permanent NCDOT employee will revert to other duties after the old bridge is completely removed from the Intracoastal Waterway to a mainland site for a future museum.

  • Firefighters respond to blaze at J2 Custom Cabinetry

    Smoke could be seen high in the sky north of Shallotte Monday afternoon after several local fire departments responded to a blaze on Mount Pisgah Road. The fire engulfed a building at J2 Custom Cabinetry at 703 Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.

  • Former DSS director files suit against accusers

    Former Brunswick County DSS Director Jamie Orrock has filed a lawsuit against the three women who had previously made sexual harassment claims against him.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed suit for defamation, libel and slander. He is seeking punitive damages for more than $10,000.

  • Commissioners to host workshop Monday afternoon

    Brunswick County Commissioners will have a workshop at 3 p.m. today (Monday) to discuss the proposed landfill expansion and recycling options in Brunswick County.

    The meeting will be at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer Building at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners’ regular meeting will follow with a closed session at 6 p.m., and regular session at 6:30 p.m.

    The meeting will include a public hearing on affordable housing incentives in Brunswick County.


  • County attorney, DSS chairman have heated exchange over letter

    BOLIVIA—It began with a letter.

    Last month, Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter to commissioners chairman Bill Sue outlining what he called “inappropriate” behavior by county attorney Huey Marshall.

    Tuesday, during public comment at the DSS board’s regular meeting, Marshall had the opportunity to ask about the letter.

  • County's first Christian recovery facility opens

    A new recovery center has opened with the purpose of helping people rise from the misery of addiction to a Christ-filled life free of drugs and alcohol.

    Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC) opened doors to a new Christian recovery center with the first resident checking in Monday.

    BCRC offers a six-month Christian based ministry for men voluntarily seeking assistance for active addiction.

    “It is the first facility like this in Brunswick County,” said Ronnie Holden, board member.

  • The final call

    More than 10 fire departments responded to the final call of Civietown Volunteer Firefighter Kimberly Dyer Hewett Saturday.

    Her family was escorted to Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory by her brethren firefighters.

    “They were at every corner, standing in the rain. At the first corner, I started to cry,” said Sandy Dyer, Hewett’s older sister.

    “She would have been proud,” said June Decker, Hewett’s mother.

  • Free Christmas meal

    Do you or someone you know need a hot meal on Christmas Day?

    One local organization is uniting volunteers to make sure anyone in the area who has a need for a meal has a place to come.

    Faith Building Missions (FBM) will pass out meals from noon-2 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    A sit-down meal will be served at 4 p.m. at the Ocean View Family Life Center in Ocean Isle Beach.