Local News

  • Winter storm dumps snow, ice on Brunswick County

    A winter storm blanketed parts of Brunswick County in ice and snow, canceling school, court and county business Monday.

    On Tuesday, schools remained closed, but much of the county resumed business, with some agencies operating on delays. Brunswick County Schools were operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday, Jan. 12.

  • Board members consider raising the roofs

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education operations committee heard a presentation last Wednesday from professional engineer Chuck Howard, who explained how a flat roof can be turned into a sloped roof.

    Board members tabled a decision at their December 2010 meeting regarding a contract with REI Engineers in the amount of $86,800 in association with roofing repairs set to take place at eight schools throughout the county. Board members wanted additional information regarding the repairs and total cost.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials recognize late town leaders for contribution and service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach town officials recently recognized three late community leaders for their service and contributions to the town.

    At the beginning of Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented two memorial proclamations in honor of Ocean Isle Beach founder Odell Williamson and former ABC board member Wendell Hughes.

    Smith presented a proclamation to Odell Williamson’s wife, Virginia Williamson, and to his granddaughter, Marnie Williamson. Odell Williamson died Oct. 3, 2010.

  • Town asked to let Ocean Isle Palms into town’s sewer system

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—County officials have asked the town of Ocean Isle Beach to consider entering into a short-term agreement with Ocean Isle Palms and allow the development to connect to the town’s sewer system.

    At Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, town administrator Daisy Ivey told commissioners the developers were facing economic hardships and “cannot construct the force main at this time,” according to information she provided to commissioners.

  • Park-site contract approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 Monday night a contract to buy a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site for a future park for $3.4 million.

    The vote is contingent on the town securing $900,000 in grant money, with the remaining $2.5 million to come from town funds.

    The vote came following a closed session, with town councilman Lou De Vita making a motion to buy the controversial site from Tidal Ventures and fellow council member Karen Joseph seconding it.

  • Park grant pursuit gets votes in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has given its blessing to pursuing a grant for a future town park.

    The vote came at a board meeting Jan. 6 after it was sought by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker.

    Sunset Beach Town Council member Carol Scott told Parker she wanted it made clear approval was for pursuing a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant and not for the purchase of the 5.22-acre waterway site the town is eyeing for its first public park.

  • Public input sought for creation of blue trail

    Ever wanted to spend a day on the water kayaking or canoeing, but weren’t quite sure where to go?

    You needed a blue trail.

    It’s not quite the same as a hiking trail, but a blue trail (also called a water trail or a paddle trail) is a type of outdoor recreational trail that allows you to find open space with nature along a river.

    Blue trails have been catching on all over the nation. And now residents of Brunswick County have the opportunity to help lead the development of a blue trail on the Waccamaw River.

  • Thieves steal one woman's business

    One Highlands resident lost not only her irreplaceable personal possessions but also hours of her hard work and her business when a thief stole a trailer from her home.

    Last Friday Nina Clark went outside to walk her dog and discovered her trailer containing her craft business was missing.

    “I could not believe it at first and really had to stare for quite some time for it to sink in,” Clark said.

  • Cigarette butt causes Sunday afternoon fire

    A brush fire broke out in Brunswick County on Sunday afternoon, claiming more than 30 acres and blocking parts of N.C. 211.

    The fire centered between N.C. 211 and Sunset Harbor Road in Bolivia took 11 fire departments and the Forestry Service almost three hours to get under control.

    Portions of the fire continued to smoke and burn on Monday.

    The first fire department on the scene was Sunset Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, followed by St. James Fire Department and the Forestry Service.

  • Dressing for business

    Last week one Shallotte auto parts store manager wore a dress on his day off to deliver auto parts and greet customers.

    He lost a challenge with his employees, and Wednesday was collection day.

    During a tough economy, store managers are seeking ways to increase company morale and sales. One business in Shallotte did just that during December and in early January, the boss had to pay up.

    Justin Garrett, Advance Auto Parts store manager, wanted to find a way to motivate his employees and challenged his sales team.