Local News

  • Church shelters on county meeting agenda

    Brunswick County commissioners will hear firsthand the process for allowing churches to shelter the homeless in emergency situations at their March 16 meeting.

    Reggie Hucks, Brunswick County chief building inspector and director of code administration, and Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, will present the process guidelines created Feb. 20.

  • Navassa woman charged with filing false report involving her child

     A Navassa woman faces charges after claiming her parents abducted her child.

    Navassa Police Officer Barry Perez arrested 18-year-old Deborah Sparkman on Thursday, March 5, and charged her with filing a false police report.

    Initailly, Sparkman reported her parents, David and Geraldine Autry of Leland, abducted her child, a warrant shows.

  • Realtors’ association sets legislative goals for 2015

     SUPPLY — Local Realtors convened this week to discuss a way that North Carolina coastal communities can secure a funding source for beach nourishment projects.

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted the 2015 Impact Breakfast at 101 Stone Chimney Place on Monday, March 9, to set its legislative goals for 2015 and review housing statistics from 2014.

    Association of Realtors CEO Steve Candler presented the legislative goals after Rep. Frank Iler shared a legislative update with the crowd.

  • County and college team to offer flight medic prep course

     CAROLINA SHORES — The helicopter landing on one of Brunswick Community College’s satellite campuses Tuesday, March 10, wasn’t by accident.

    Brunswick Community College and county officials welcomed the helicopter — and more than 50 students — from four different states for a flight paramedic preparation course.

  • Leaders discuss ideas, plan to apply for $10K grant

     BOLIVIA — Last June, health professionals and other community leaders convened at the Brunswick County Health Department to discuss Project Lazarus for the first time.

    On Thursday, March 5,  eight months after that initial meeting, a team of Project Lazarus coalition members gathered there again to begin the preliminary stages of applying for a $10,000 grant that would be used to battle the prescription painkiller epidemic in the region.

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • Sunset Beach work session March 17

    Discussion about beach patrol operations is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly work session Tuesday, March 17.

    The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the town hall conference room.

    Other agenda items up for discussion include the town budget calendar and adoption, a board of adjustment term expiration appointment, planning board membership structure and a Sunset at Sunset staff member assignment.

  • Fish and Wildlife kills county utilities for Sunset Beach project

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    A threat to federal funding has spurred Brunswick County commissioners to rescind a plan to extend water and sewer to a proposed oceanfront development in Sunset Beach.

    At their Feb. 16 meeting, board members revoked a policy to expand utility lines to Sunset Beach West, a controversial 21-lot subdivision developer Sammy Varnam plans to build beyond Mad Inlet at the west end of the Sunset Beach island.

    Varnam said this week he will continue with plans to build Sunset Beach West and have it be self-sustaining.

  • Residents voice concerns about Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ten of 14 people who spoke at a March 3 public hearing expressed concerns about proposed plans to have a terminal groin installed at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement (EIS), the town of Ocean Isle Beach is seeking state and federal permits to allow for the proposed shoreline protection project to help mitigate chronic erosion on the eastern portion of the town’s oceanfront shoreline tying into Shallotte Inlet.