Local News

  • Sunset Beach tables putting police officers on beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has tabled a proposal to replace the town’s code enforcement officers with reserve police officers to patrol the beach.

    Council voted to table the matter after debate ensued at Monday night’s meeting about the idea, one that town administrator Gary Parker said was spurred by an audit by the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers found Sunset Beach is the only coastal town in the state using civilians to provide beach-patrol service.

  • Carolina Shore OKs part-time position

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved on a split vote hiring a finalist for a part-time administrative position.

    Mayor Stephen Selby cast a tie-breaking vote at a monthly workshop Monday to approve the hiring.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, who voted “nay,” said he had a problem with town commissioners not having a say-so in the applicant and interview process.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett said there were 13 applicants and eight people were interviewed, with town staff making recommendations.

  • Foreclosure papers pending for Lighthouse Cove in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A foreclosure sale on the Lighthouse Cove community has been pending since March but keeps getting delayed.

    Copies of a legal notice about a pending foreclosure sale have been posted on stakes of undeveloped lots in the Carolina Shores community, as well as posted at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The first notices were filed in March. The most recent notices called for a hearing that has been postponed until September, according to town building inspector Chuck Riggins.

  • Swearing-in

    New Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance, right, is sworn in Monday, Aug. 1, by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons during a specially called meeting at town hall on Persimmon Road. Nance previously worked 10-and-a-half years as a senior planner with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina. He has more than 20 years of experience in municipal and county government. He and his family are moving to the area from Rutherfordton.

  • General Assembly adopts state Senate, congressional districts

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives approved new congressional and state Senate redistricting maps last week, which went on to pass in a party-line vote in the state Senate last week.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, said House members passed the congressional districts 68 votes to 51 votes, and state Senate districts 67 votes to 52 votes.

    “They are not subject to a governor’s veto, but must be cleared by the federal government,” Iler said about the congressional districts.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies last week investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s pocketbook and its contents from business.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Elmer Drive in Shallotte; suspect damaged victim’s door, entered the home and stole a flat-screen TV, stereo and speakers.

  • Brunswick’s June unemployment at 10.4 percent

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for June was back into double digits.

    On Friday, July 29, county-by-county unemployment rates were released, with unemployment increasing in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties for June.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for June was 10.4 percent, up from 9.9 percent in May and 10.3 percent in April.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens its doors

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Novant Medical Center has opened its doors to patients and the public.

    Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said Sunday’s opening went smoothly, with hospital staff moving 21 patients from Brunswick Community Hospital to Brunswick Novant Medical Center is just over two hours.

    Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services and Amera-Tech assisted in moving the patients, which took between 7 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Brunswick County VA community clinic opening pushed back

    SUPPLY—On Monday, Aug. 1, the day the Brunswick County Veterans Affairs (VA) community clinic was scheduled to open, officials announced “unforeseen delays” caused the opening to be pushed back.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell announced Monday morning the clinic would not open as scheduled, saying VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

  • Leland man arrested for prescription narcotics

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a Leland man last week, which led to the seizure of prescription narcotics and money.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Christopher Douglas Caputo was taken into custody on July 25, after attempting to sell narcotics to an undercover agent in the Pizza Hut parking lot on Village Road in Leland.

    When drug agents searched Caputo, they found 128 Oxycodone tablets and $307 in U.S. currency.