Local News

  • No one injured in minor accident involving school bus

    No one was injured when a Brunswick County Schools bus sideswiped a garbage truck Thursday morning, Jan. 28, in a neighborhood between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    Fifteen students from West Brunswick and Shallotte Middle schools were aboard Bus 234 when it scraped the side of the truck while passing it in Lake Tree Shores, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    “There are no injuries or broken glass,” she said.

  • OIB man sought in theft arrested in Little River, S.C.


  • Belville officials vote for town hall land contract, residents vote for town hall design

    BELVILLE — Belville town commissioners voted during their Monday, Jan. 26, town meeting to agree to a final contract to purchase land for a town hall.

    For several months, Mayor Mike Allen updated residents after the board met in closed session to discuss the land purchase that the negotiations for the land were close to a final contract.

    After the board returned from Monday night’s closed session, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge said the contract is done.

  • UNCW anthropologist plans summer dig at Brunswick Park at Belville

    BELVILLE — University of North Carolina at Wilmington researchers from will return to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this summer to continue looking into Brunswick County’s history.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology, along with Dr. Scott Nooner and Dr. Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology, brought a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to Brunswick Park at Belville in May 2015 to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.

  • Leland approves on-street, cluster parking spaces

    LELAND — Two years of subdivision parking review and three rounds of public hearings led to a decision by Leland Town Council to require an additional parking space for each lot in new developments.

    The council held public hearings last fall, but held off voting until new members were seated after the November municipal election. Leland residents voted in two new members, Michael Callahan and Bob Campbell, who joined council members Bob Corriston, Pat Batleman and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on the town council.

  • County commissioners: More study needed to fix Carolina Shores flooding

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners see more study of the Caw Caw drainage district as the only viable action to address the October 2015 storm flooding impact on Carolina Shores.

    The board met in a special session Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hear from Eric Williams, a consultant with HDR Engineering of the Carolinas, who presented a summary of options that might improve general drainage issues in the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • BCC opens business and industry incubator at the Leland campus

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College officials opened the doors on the county business and industry incubator at the Leland BCC campus Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Velva Jenkins, BCC Vice President of continuing education, economic and workforce development, said is the new theme for the incubator is “All business dreams are ready to be reviewed!” as it begins accepting applications from potential entrepreneurs.

  • Carolina Shores retreat Jan. 28, community, volunteer programs under way

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have an annual board retreat at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in town hall council chambers at 200 Persimmon Road. The session is open to the public.

    Volunteer, community programs

    The town is also launching a volunteer kickoff and second speaker’s series called “Community Building Blocks: Engaging Residents to Enhance Communications and Problem Solving.”

  • Brunswick County Streetreach aids homeless in winter rain and cold

    While area communities braved last weekend’s cold with little incident, Brunswick County Streetreach was reaching out to the homeless.

    When winter rain and cold descended last week, a team of volunteers with the sheltering ministry fanned out to aid people living outside.

    “Clutching flashlights and shivering, volunteers canvassed locations across the county where the homeless are known to sleep,” reads a Streetreach press release issued Monday, Jan. 25.

    The team spent two days distributing food, gloves, coats and thermal blankets.

  • Supply man accused of setting horse stable fire

     A Supply man is accused of setting fire to a horse stable Sunday, Jan. 24.

    The stable was vacant during the fire and no horses were injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax added.

    Detectives arrested 18-year-old Hunter Anthony Howell and charged him with felony burning other buildings and first-degree trespassing, Flax said.

    Howell is accused of setting fire to a building that is used as a horse stable in the 2300 block of Boones Neck Road, warrants show.