Local News

  • Animated crowd fills Odell Williamson Auditorium for Rouzer visit

    BOLIVIA — Congressman David Rouzer’s town hall packed Odell Williamson Auditorium on Monday with an audience that was more interested in disagreeing with their representative than hearing what he had to say.

    Rouzer took in stride the crowd’s animated reactions to each public comment and his responses to them from the auditorium stage.

  • Leland hosts twin events – Bark in the Park and Youth Arts Day March 11

    Kids and pets are the focus of Leland’s two events Saturday, March 11.

    The dogs will have the run of Leland Municipal Park at the town’s seventh annual Bark in the Park.

    The dog-centric, free event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

    The Leland Municipal Park is at 102 Town Hall Drive across from the new town hall building.

    Bark in the Park features a free rabies clinic presented by Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue of Brunswick County.

  • Agreements offset de-annexation in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council approved two memorandums of agreement Monday night that will forego de-annexation efforts for areas where future development is planned.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said council was being asked to consider the agreements in light of rezoning approved for the Ocean Club Estates property on Riverside Drive.

  • Developer sues Ocean Ridge Master Association for more than $600K

    Coastal Communities, the developer of Ocean Ridge Plantation, has filed a lawsuit seeking return of $650,511 in what it claims are wrongfully billed and collected assessments by the Ocean Ridge Master Association (ORMA).

    The lawsuit filed Jan. 19 in Brunswick County Superior Court identifies Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation the “plaintiff declarant,” who claims ORMA from 2010 to 2016 “billed and collected assessments from the Plaintiff, notwithstanding that the Plaintiff was and is exempt from such assessments.

  • School board OKs recommended calendars for 2017-18

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County School Board approved recommended calendars Tuesday night for Brunswick County Schools, plus a separate schedule for Early College for 2017-18.

    At the start of the March 7 session, Stuart Smith, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, outlined issues with voting on Election Day at several schools that are in session.

    He said for the past 14 years he’s been involved with “three extremely serious problems” with traffic as voters leave polls at Town Creek Elementary School.

  • Sunset Beach ERC member shuns council meeting over Riverside Drive

    SUNSET BEACH — A member of the town’s Environmental Resource Committee stayed away from the March 6 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting because she said she didn’t want to witness what she deems an inevitable “travesty” to allow development on Riverside Drive.

    “The council has sold the island out behind closed doors,” ERC member Jan Harris charged in an email sent Saturday, March 4, referring to development along the road on property abutting the North Shore Drive feeder canal on the northeast side of the island.

  • Carolina Shores pursues stormwater improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater work continues to be foremost on the town’s goals list.

    At their monthly workshop Monday, town commissioners mulled at length work that is being done as well as a schedule of future work as funding permits. Town engineer Robert Tucker also outlined details.

    Mendenhall cited a summary sheet and map showing where the town is on spot improvements. He also talked about a prior meeting Monday with the county about the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • WWAY plans move to Leland after purchasing Thunder Alley bowling building

    Something was in the air when Leland Town Council approved a zoning change Feb. 16 permitting television tower use in the town’s planned unit development districts.

    Morris Network Inc., the parent company of Wilmington television station WWAY, announced March 1 the reason for the zoning change request: the station will move into the former Thunder Alley bowling building in Leland.

  • Carolina Bays highway meeting set for March 28

    CAROLINA SHORES — The North Carolina Division of Transportation will host a meeting March 28 in Carolina Shores to review the process that would extend S.C. 31 from South Carolina into North Carolina.

    Members of the NCDOT and South Carolina Department of Transportation and local representatives serving on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) board are funding an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine if there is a need for a highway other than U.S. 17 and where to locate it.

  • Fire department decision looms over Leland budget

    LELAND — Leland officials began reviewing budget items they want to pursue for fiscal year 2017-18 in November 2016.

    The review of what they can afford to pursue began at a March 1 budget workshop.

    Leland’s anticipated total revenues are $10.13 million, Town Manager David Hollis told town council members, but expenses are estimated at $11.3 million.

    Hollis said another $230,000 is projected to roll over from the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, although it isn’t guaranteed.