Local News

  • Man accused of hitting woman with bulldozer in OIB

    A Bolivia man is accused of hitting a woman with a bulldozer in Ocean Isle Beach then leaving the scene Aug. 29.

    The woman, 30-year-old Melissa Joan Sasser of Calabash, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she was taken after she was struck.

  • Leland board rezones Waterford property as potential apartment site

    LELAND — Five years ago, Leland Town Council denied a request to rezone a property near Waterford for multi-family development.

    A lot has changed since 2012, as council members approved rezoning the same property for multi-family use at their Aug. 24 meeting.

    Leland Economic Development director Gary Vidmar told council members Bert Exum of Exum Holdings applied for rezoning of 8.55 acres on two parcels in the Waterford Commercial area from Regional Business District (C-2) to Multifamily district (M-F).

  • County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to a low for the year of 4.8 percent in June.

    The unemployment rate decrease continued a downward trend in Brunswick County for 2017 that stalled at 5 percent unemployment for April and May.

    The rate fell from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February, then 5.8 percent in March.

  • H2GO talks RO systems in schools

    Brunswick County and school system officials put a dampener on the idea of adding reverse osmosis water treatment systems in northern county schools, despite not yet hearing a proposal for the concept.

    County Manager Ann Hardy and Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb released a joint statement Aug. 23 after reading a media report about RO plants considered for the schools served by Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO.

  • H2GO moves forward on plant before financing approval

    Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO board members won’t wait for a financing decision to begin building a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    For the past few months, H2GO officials have approved almost all the steps needed, including contracting all the projects to build the plant, while saying they would wait for approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission to finance the $26 million project.

  • Officials speak on water quality issues

    Plans for dealing with GenX and other drinking water contaminants remain on the minds of local and state officials.

    John Nichols, Brunswick County’s director of public utilities, recently presented county commissioners with a review of potential short-term and long-term treatment methods for water contaminants by Pete D’Adamo of engineering firm HDR.

  • See you later, alligator

    Thank you to Ocean Isle Beach resident Bobby Pidgeon for sharing these amazing images he captured of an alligator protecting her hatchlings Monday morning, Aug. 28, in his backyard pond.

  • Leland man accused of shooting into home

    A Leland man is accused of shooting into a Castle Hayne home with three people inside. No one was injured.

    James Leayon Tallman, 29, of Pinecliff Drive NE was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property.

    A warrant shows Tallman used a 9mm to shoot into a home in the 2200 block of Chair Road on Aug. 20. New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said the shooting was reported at 6:15 p.m. that day.

    Tallman also faces larceny, resisting a public officer and traffic violations in Brunswick County.

  • Coast Guard suspends search for missing men

    The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday night, Sept. 2, for two men reported missing after they launched their boat from Oak Island on Aug. 27.

    Steve Chaney and David Hambrick left the South Harbor Boat Ramp on a black 22-foot Trophy Pro fishing boat at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup of Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs said. The wife of one of the men called for help about 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, when they had not returned home.

  • Three men arrested, fourth sought in separate drug cases

    Investigators arrested three men and are seeking a fourth in two separate drug cases prompted by community complaints

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit agents arrested Melvin Washington McCray, 62, of Tree Acres Circle in Calabash and Jamal Abdul Beasley, 20, of Scilabro Lane in Longs, S.C., on Aug. 25 after two searches following a two-month investigation.

    McCray is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm by a felon.