Local News

  • Smoke from Pender County wildfires moves into northern Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the county’s 911 center has received numerous calls Thursday morning about heavy smoke in Northern Brunswick County.

    There are no wildfires in Brunswick County, Marzano said.

    North Carolina Forestry Services officials have said the smoke is from a wind shift that occurred Thursday morning, causing smoke from the Pender County wildfires to move into Brunswick County.

  • Local teen fights for his life

    SHALLOTTE—A teenage boy in his last semester of his senior year of high school is supposed to be making plans for prom, graduation, vacation, college, the future—not undergoing radiation treatments at Duke.

    Eighteen-year-old Shallotte resident Tyler Scott began radiation treatments May 2 and completed them June 15. This is just the first phase of treatment for the young man. He will begin chemotherapy in the early winter.

    Earlier this year, Tyler began to have abnormal pains and was not feeling well.

  • Bills signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the following bills into law:

    HB 12: Stop Methamphetamine Labs—increases regulation of the sale of pseudoephedrine products to curtail the production of methamphetamines and establishes a study to find ways to mitigate the costs of cleaning up meth labs.

    SB 125: Regional Schools—allows school boards to establish regional schools with other school districts.

  • A look back at the legislative session


    The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned for the session—at least until legislators come back in mid-July to consider veto overrides and tackle redistricting House and Senate districts.

    The state Senate adjourned Friday, June 17, and the House adjourned the following day on June 18. Both chambers will reconvene July 13.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the Republican majority was pleased with what it was able to accomplish this session, including adopting and then overriding a two-year state budget.

  • Future of property insurance structure study unclear

    WILMINGTON—A bill designed to study the property insurance structure in North Carolina may have to wait a little longer.

    Senate Bill 716, A Statewide Property Insurance Study, was co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick.

    In April, the bill was moved to the committee on insurance, and after several revisions, hasn’t made it onto the floor of either chamber.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison released on parole

    RALEIGH—Just shy of 26 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    On Thursday, June 9, Stamper, now 49, was released on parole, according to a state-mandated letter sent June 13 from the state’s Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission. He was released from the Catawba Correctional Center in Hickory.

    Previous correspondence from the parole commission said Stamper was eligible for parole through the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • Stanley takes reins at county health department

    BOLIVIA—For David Stanley, who was recently named Brunswick County health director, June 27 was no different than any other Monday.

    Technically, it was different, as it was Stanley’s first day as director, but for him, it didn’t feel any different, he said.

    Outgoing director Don Yousey will remain at the health department until August, when he officially retires after 14 years as director.

    Stanley credits Yousey with the success of the health department, which he hopes to continue.

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Terminal groin bill becomes law

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—More than 30 years ago, one of the island’s first residents and now-mayor Debbie Smith bought a fourth-row beach house on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The house is long gone, as is the row of houses on which it sat. The house was moved; the street was swallowed into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Over the years, more rows of house went—some moved off the island, two of which also fell victim to the ocean.

    What was then fourth row is now oceanfront.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested two people for impaired driving last week.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 20-26, ACE deputies issued 81 total arrests and citations, including nine driving while impaired charges and 13 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged: