Local News

  • OIB Surf & Java expands in new space at same shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — OIB Surf & Java is twice the surf/coffee shop it was just a week ago.

    The three-year-old business owned by Jesse and Callie McCrery has moved from one end of The Landing at Ocean Isle Beach (the Lowes Foods shopping center) to the other.

    The switch has opened things up for the small business, with more space for seating and merchandise and a brighter, more open feel to encourage visitors to hang out for a while.

  • Town Creek Park senior center site opens

    WINNABOW — Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. opened its 10th senior site Tuesday Sept. 15, in the community building at the recently revamped Town Creek Park.

    In nine months, the senior site went from a grassroots movement spearheaded by area residents to a county-funded, two-day-a-week program.

    “It’s always nice when the community approaches you,” BSRI president and CEO Jim Fish said.

  • Holden Beach Beautification Club celebrates 25th anniversary

    HOLDEN BEACH — Current and former members of the Holden Beach Beautification Club came together Sept. 9 for a celebration of the club’s 25th anniversary at Holden Beach Chapel to start their September meeting.

    Gayle Todd, president of the club, introduced several guests and members, including several past presidents who reminisced about their time in the club, which was founded Aug. 15, 1990.

  • County addresses Shell Point property condemnations

    A Shell Point Road property owner is concerned about the impact a sweep of notices of condemnation in the neighborhood could have on residents.

    The Brunswick County Code Administration Department posted notices of condemnation on 20 properties on Shell Point Road, five Gray Bridge Road lots, three Partridge Place properties, two Riverview Drive and a Pelican Place property, Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said.

  • School board: Engaging community is a must

     SUPPLY — Brunswick County Schools staff and county school board members said engaging the community remains one of their top priorities during a board retreat Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Superintendent Les Tubb said the district can’t fulfill its mission of creating college and career-ready graduates if it doesn’t first receive support from the community.

    Staff and board members agreed on principle during the first day of the board’s two-day retreat at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

  • Judge hands down sentence for brother of escaped inmate

     The younger brother of Brunswick County Detention Facility escapee William Hewett was sentenced to jail time for his role in the escape.

    Curtis Hewett pleaded guilty in April to felony escaping from a county jail facility and was sentenced Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, in Brunswick County Superior Court, District Attorney’s Office administrative assistant Ashley Bullard said.

  • MacCallum appointed to commission organized to improve state courts

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s Clerk of Court will serve on a commission that will comprehensively evaluate North Carolina’s justice system.

    Jim MacCallum, who was first elected in December 2010, was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve on the inaugural North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.

  • BCAR: Total residential sales increase in August

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released Monday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price “saw another increase,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in a Sept. 14 news release.

    BCAR also reported total sales increased 25.3 percent between August 2014 and August 2015, from $48.23 million last year to $60.9 million this year.

  • Local pastors organize rally to support Kentucky clerk

     The impact of a federal judge’s decision to incarcerate a court clerk for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses has stretched into Brunswick County.

    A day after Rowan County, Ky., clerk of court Kim Davis was released following her incarceration, two Brunswick County pastors hosted a support rally for her Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Rourk Gardens off Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Waccamaw fire chief dismissed, firefighters resign

     Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department chief has been dismissed following a special meeting Friday, Sept. 11.

    After department’s board of directors fired Jason Coveyou, several firefighters “immediately resigned,” according to a news release from Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts that did not identify Coveyou by name.

    Gregg Warren has been appointed the department’s new chief, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.