Local News

  • Taxes, town hall, critters among hot topics at Holden Beach election forum

    Keeping the tax rate the same, continuing to add sand to the beach and reducing the “critter population” of deer and rats appeared to be top concerns for voters at the Holden Beach Meet the Candidates Night Sunday night at the new town hall.

    A packed house in the assembly room watched seven candidates—six running for five commissioner seats and the mayor running unopposed—give opening and closing statements and, in between, answer questions from the audience.

  • Calabash approved 20-year vested rights for The Pearl

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a 20-year vested rights agreement for The Pearl development.

    Approval came at a special meeting Oct. 21.

    At an Oct. 1 workshop, owner/developer DeCarol Williamson and his attorney requested the agreement for the future 900-acre residential and resort development at The Pearl Golf Links along Old Georgetown Road.

    They came armed with drawings illustrating Williamson’s vision for the proposed “garden park”-style development they said would take time to build.

  • Carolina shores P&Z board recommends changes in stormwater rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—A paragraph-long rule about homeowner stormwater maintenance is being recommended for replacement by more detailed rules in a recently approved resolution.

    Monday, the town planning and zoning board voted to repeal the old ordinance and replace it with a new policy outlined in a resolution approved Oct. 8 by the town board of commissioners.

    The recommended replacement amendment draws on the resolution addressing the town’s involvement in maintenance of roadside ditches and swales.

  • Municipal elections set for Tuesday in Brunswick County

    Voters in all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County will turn out next Tuesday, Nov. 3, for elections in their respective towns.

    Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Early, one-stop voting continues from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through this Friday, Oct. 30, and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office, Building F at 10 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    Absentee ballots are due at the board of elections office by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. The last day to request an absentee ballot was this past Tuesday, Oct. 27.

  • Tracking H1N1: Brunswick County woman dies of H1N1 complications

    A Brunswick County woman died last week from complications of the H1N1 influenza.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the Brunswick County woman died after doctors delivered her baby at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

    Michael said he did not know the specifics surrounding the woman’s death, because her death was reported to health officials in Durham rather than Brunswick County, but confirmed it was due to complications of H1N1.

  • Home sales increase, affect other parts of the economy

    Brunswick County agents sold 209 homes in September, up from 170 homes last September but down from 213 sold in August, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Realtor Mary Ann Bechtel, who owns her own company in Ocean Isle Beach, said her office has been “extremely busy” since the end of July. She said her customers are mainly people seeking primary residences.

    “People are beginning to sell their homes in other parts of the country. Isn’t that good news?” Bechtel said.

  • One year in, ACE teams nets 167 DWI arrests

    It’s been one year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a grant that allowed them to start a four-man team aimed at reducing speeding and aggressive driving on Brunswick County’s roadways.

    A little more than 11 months into the endeavor, and the Brunswick County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team has arrested 167 drivers for driving while impaired. The squad also issued 1,202 speeding citations.

  • Motion to dismiss lawsuit against board of education filed

    BOLIVIA—Legal representation for the Brunswick County Board of Education has asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former central office employee.

    A motion to dismiss and answer to complaint was filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 22, in response to a lawsuit filed Aug. 28 on behalf of Sherry Dove.

  • Woman beats breast cancer while pregnant with second child

    Ellen Granade was looking forward to the next nine months after finding out she was pregnant with her second son in late February 2008. While consumed with the joys of a second pregnancy, she never expected to be carrying a baby and battling breast cancer simultaneously.

    A month after finding out she was pregnant, Granade, then 31, found a lump in her breast while lying in bed. After an ultrasound, a mammogram and an unsuccessful needle aspiration, the doctors decided to surgically remove the lump. Granade was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.

  • Shallotte officer under investigation

    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an assault allegation against a Shallotte Police officer. No charges have been filed.

    An N.C. Department of Justice spokesperson has confirmed that officer Kyle Jones is being investigated for assault. The Shallotte Police Department requested the investigation Oct. 20, spokesperson Jennifer Canada said.

    The allegation was made after an arrest, according to Police Chief Rodney Gause.