Local News

  • Volunteers come to aid (and spirit) of Bird Island mailbox

    SUNSET BEACH—You might say a group of residents were moved by the spirit—the Kindred Spirit, that is—when they ventured out last week to come to the aid of a legendary mailbox damaged by Hurricane Irene.

    The group of seven left 40th Street in Sunset Beach promptly at 9 a.m. on the first day of September, headed west to make repairs at the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

    The mailbox and its bench were damaged when Hurricane Irene passed through the area Aug. 26-27, said Jack DeGroot, a Sea Trail resident who was one of the volunteers.

  • Parking issues part of Sunset Beach special meeting Sept. 15

    A special called Sunset Beach town meeting has been changed to Sept. 15.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein has called a special town council meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the town hall conference room.

    Council’s previously scheduled meeting for Sept. 13, as well as its monthly work session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, have been cancelled.

    Council will discuss parking issues and postponed parking committee recommendations at the Sept. 15 meeting, according to town clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • 'Events center' still up for debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Do residents want an outdoor “events center,” or don’t they?

    That was a point of contention at town commissioners’ monthly workshop Tuesday, when a majority of board members seemed ready to move forward with developing a plan for the outdoor facility.

  • BCC south-end facility nearing opening date

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is nearing its opening date.

    A sneak-preview of that occurred last month when the Brunswick County and Little River, S.C., chambers of commerce took part in a special business after-hours event Aug. 16, at the future continuing education facility and conference center.

    A temporary certificate of occupancy enabled that event to occur, said Jerry Thrift, vice president of operations at BCC.

  • Hurricane Katia to remain offshore

    Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Hurricane Katia will stay far offshore North Carolina’s coast.

    Early models showed a more westward direction for the Category 3 hurricane, but Tuesday’s National Hurricane Center update had Katia weakening in strength. The storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday and Thursday.

    Even though she will remain offshore, Hurricane Katia will cause strong swells and rip currents along the East Coast.

  • NAACP plans Sept. 11 memorial event

    The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a memorial service in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    The memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, near the P.O.W. Memorial at 30 Government Center Drive in the county complex in Bolivia.

    Former Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson will be the keynote speaker. State Sen. Bill Rabon will also be part of the program.

  • Brunswick County residents eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    RALEIGH—N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday announced Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available through the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina for 33 counties.

    On Tuesday, Perdue added additional eligible counties, including Brunswick County to those eligible for assistance after Hurricane Irene.

    “We continue to aggressively press for assistance for those affected by the storm. By adding more counties, individuals and business owners in those areas can begin to receive aid to help get them back on their feet,” Perdue said.

  • County responds to discrimination suit; seeks dismissal

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for Brunswick County have responded to a discrimination suit filed against the county.

    Represented by the Raleigh-based Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, the county’s attorneys deny any discrimination by county officials or county commissioners.

    In their answer, filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Aug. 24, attorneys for Brunswick County seek dismissal of the discrimination lawsuit filed in June by a concerned citizens organization.

  • Board of education attorney search on hold

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met to interview candidates for board attorney last week, but they have yet to make a decision on who their next attorney will be. 

    Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Jessica Swencki said no decision was made after board members interviewed only one of two finalists for board attorney Tuesday afternoon after a daylong docket of committee meetings.

  • Sheriff’s office air unit locates body of missing diver in Southport

    SOUTHPORT—The body of a missing diver was found Monday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Danny Ben Stump, 59, of Wilmington, was reported missing Saturday, Sept. 3. He was last seen in the Intracoastal Waterway near Southport, where he had been SCUBA diving.

    Stanley said the sheriff’s office air unit located Stump’s body around 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, nearly half a mile from the location where he was last seen.