Local News

  • Group launches to save old Sunset Beach bridge

    What do you do with an old one-lane bridge?

    Ann Bokelman and Karen Dombrowski are trying to figure that out.

    They want to save the historic Sunset Beach pontoon bridge before it’s too late.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach residents announced formation of The Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society, a group of citizens interested in preserving the 50-year-old bridge as a local historic icon.

  • Bridge breakdown snarls traffic

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the bridge was closed for about three and a half hours Sunday afternoon.

    At 12:38 p.m., a call went out for emergency aid for a woman with heat exhaustion. But the bridge was out of service, preventing an emergency crew from crossing to the island.

    Barbee said local businessman Fletcher Frink, owner of the NAPA store in Calabash, used his boat to carry emergency medical technicians over to the island and aided them in bringing the patient back across to the mainland.

  • Employing the unemployed: Seasonal jobs more sought-after than ever

    In a coastal area like Brunswick County, summer employment means staying busy—taking reservations, filling orders, making sure rooms are clean and responding promptly to tourists’ requests.

    Because of the current recession and high jobless rate, owners of tourist-dependent businesses in Brunswick County are putting more time and effort into the hiring process.

  • Families of victims sue Ocean Isle parasail companies

    The families of two women killed in a parasailing incident on Ocean Isle Beach last summer—as well as the father of children on the boat when it happened—have filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court seeking more than $10,000 in damages per person.

  • David-Wilson named new director of BSRI

    The board of directors of Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. has appointed Michael J. David-Wilson, formerly of New Jersey, as its new president/chief executive officer.

    He will replace founding president/chief executive officer, Jim Russell, who has served for the last eight years.

    Russell will retire effective July 31.

  • Local woman's purse recovered in suspect's car in Virginia

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman’s stolen purse was recovered in Virginia, after the suspect was involved with a shootout with sheriff’s deputies there.

    According to Detective Ken Bellamy of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach resident Ginny Pridgen’s stolen purse was recovered after Virginia authorities apprehended John Benton Hodges, 32, of Pulaski, Va., on June 20.

  • UDO hearing draws non-controversy in Calabash

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents turned out for a non-controversial town commissioners meeting Tuesday to hear and speak out about proposed rezonings in the town’s draft Unified Development Ordinance.

    As preparation of the UDO winds down, residents were given an opportunity to speak at the public hearing.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said it was a meeting for the board to hear comments only about the UDO and accompanying zoning map. He said the board wouldn’t take any action at the evening meeting.

  • DA’s office appeals Superior Court decision to dismiss fire chief’s DWI

    BOLIVIA—District attorney Rex Gore announced last week his office filed a notice of appeal over the granting of a motion to suppress evidence, which led to a dismissal in the state’s driving while impaired case against Oak Island Fire Chief John House.

    According to the appeal filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 16 by assistant district attorney Erin Holden, Holden is appealing Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ June 8 dismissal of House’s appeal of a 2009 District Court driving while impaired conviction.

  • County budget OK’d with no tax increase, layoffs

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which included no tax increases and no layoffs of county employees.

    Commissioners approved the $196 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which takes effect July 1, at their regular meeting Monday. The budget keeps the ad valorem tax rate at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation—29.5 cents in tax and a 1-cent repayment for a Brunswick Community College bond approved by voters in 2004.

  • Board of equalization and review votes to stay Coastal Companies’ property assessments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Equalization and Review on Tuesday denied nine appeals filed with the board challenging county-assessed property values on behalf of developer Mark Saunders’ various enterprises.

    The board denied eight appeals that included 930 parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, Ocean Ridge SeaWatch and Eagle Point.