Local News

  • County approves 4.25-cent tax increase

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s tax rate will rise to 48.5 cents per $100 following commissioners’ unanimous vote to approve the proposed budget Monday night.

    Only a few people spoke during the June 15 public hearing on the 2015-16 Brunswick County budget — all in favor of the funding decisions — so commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the budget.

    Brunswick County’s tax rate increases 4.25 cents to 48.5, up from 44.25 cents to offset property value tax losses in the 2015 property revaluation.

  • Leland expands FlexCode mixed-use development zoning

    LELAND — Leland commissioners have approved the first FlexCode rezoning of town property outside of its downtown Gateway district.

    At the town board’s June 15 agenda meeting, officials approved rezoning five contiguous parcels totaling more than 63 acres that are bordered by U.S. 17, Ocean Gate Plaza, Ploof Road and Westgate Drive from Commercial 2 (C-2) and Multifamily (M-F) to FlexCode Zone (FCZ).

    Three other parcels at U.S. 17 and Ocean Gate Plaza are not included in the FlexCode zoning as they are not part of the Leland town limits.

  • Rescuer describes second Oak Island shark attack

     OAK ISLAND — Several years ago, Randy Milligan was swimming in the ocean with his wife during their honeymoon.

    A day later, officials captured a shark in the exact location where the couple had been swimming and Milligan, a Nelsonville, Ohio resident, vowed he’d never swim in the ocean again.

    On Sunday, while on a family vacation in Oak Island, Milligan worked up enough courage to re-enter to the ocean and spent most of his time in water deep enough to reach his shoulders and neck.

  • Southport man indicted on felony death by motor vehicle charges

     A Southport man has been indicted on two felony charges after two people died in a traffic collision at N.C. 904 and N.C. 130 on May 22.

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted 45-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, on two counts of felony death by motor vehicle a week after he was initially charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

    Lee also faces a reckless driving to endanger charge, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • Minor glitch briefly delays South Brunswick graduation live stream

     BOLIVIA — For the first time in Brunswick County Schools history, the district provided a live stream online of four high school graduation ceremonies.

    More than 650 graduating high school seniors received their diplomas last week on the campus of Brunswick Community College and district staff wanted to make sure the graduates’ family members and friends had the opportunity to see the ceremonies.

  • Bolivia man charged with sex crime

     A Bolivia man is accused of sexually assaulting a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 39-year-old Bryan Lane Lanier, of Darnell Lane, and charged with him with first-degree sex offense June 8.

    Lanier is accused of “engaging in a sex offense” with a girl younger than 13 between May 19 and May 29, a warrant shows.

    Lanier is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Advisory team meets to discuss community health assessment plans

     BOLIVIA — Every four years, county health officials distribute a countywide health survey and the results are used to develop an action plan to improve community health.

    An advisory team made up of local health officials and other community leaders met Tuesday, June 16, to discuss the distribution of this year’s survey and the plans it will develop to address survey results.

  • Bolivia woman accused of insurance fraud

     A Bolivia woman accused of fraudulently obtaining $2,000 from an insurance company was arrested and charged with fraud Tuesday, June 16.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 55-year-old Meleny Tate, of 3343 Southport Supply Road, and charged her with insurance fraud, attempting to obtain money or property by false pretense and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

  • Tennessee couple indicted in OIB robbery

    A Tennessee couple accused of robbing an Ocean Isle Beach business last fall have been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Kendrick Stefon Patton, 22, and Ashley Nicole Turner, 18, both of Columbia, were each wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Patton was booked there Dec. 23, 2014, while Turner was booked there April 22.

  • Woman indicted in Shallotte robbery attempt

    An Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on March 1 has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.