Local News

  • Senate bill threatens Brunswick County sales tax with redistribution

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County and municipal officials are keeping an eye on a Senate bill proposed for a second year that threatens to cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues.

    Senate Bill 126 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • Sunset Beach environmental committee quits on one-year anniversary

    SUNSET BEACH — All five members of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee tendered their resignations last week after Sunset Beach Town Council took action regulating what they can do.

  • Leland to acquire Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department

    LELAND — Leland officials intend to acquire the Leland Volunteer/Fire Rescue Department by July 1.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD, a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care, since April 20, 2000.

  • Digital literacy computer lab launches at Navassa Community Center

    NAVASSA — Local leaders cut the ribbon April 20 on a new computer lab at Navassa Community Center, officially launching a digital literacy initiative to “help people feel at home and successful” in the online world.

    “In today’s digital economy and society, familiarity with a computer is almost essential,” Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said. “We are excited about this program and impact it will have on families and individuals throughout our community.”

  • Task force tackles opioid epidemic

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    ST. JAMES — Brunswick County Opioid Task Force host and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ mission is to get back to a Brunswick County where residents do not see the words “opioid epidemic” in the same sentence ever again.

  • Leland officers honored for Dec. 9 actions, heroism

    LELAND — It was an emotional ceremony as two Leland police officers were honored last week for their actions and heroism in a Dec. 9 shooting.

    Officer Jacob Schwenk was shot six times and injured by assailant Brent Matthew Quinn, who was killed when Schwenk returned fire. Fellow officer Charles McGee was also recognized for his actions that night and for saving Schwenk’s life.

  • Sewer remedies could cost millions in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — It could cost the town anywhere from $330,000 to $6.1 million to remedy vulnerabilities in the town sewer system.

    That was the assessment of two engineers hired to do a sewer study for the town.

    Michael Norton of Compass Pointe Engineering and Doug Chapman of McGill Associates presented their findings during an hour-long presentation at the town board of commissioners meeting April 18.

  • County questions dredging Lockwood Folly Inlet

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners said Tuesday they’re tired of repeated issues and costs dealing with shoaling at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “We’re looking at $450,000 per year to keep this inlet open,” commissioner Mike Forte said at the April 25 afternoon agenda meeting following a presentation about dredging costs by Jim Medlock, shallow draft navigation program project manager for the Wilmington district of the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Forte said he understands there are problems at Shallotte Inlet as well.

  • School bus driver dismissed for driving on closed road

    A Brunswick County Schools bus driver is facing disciplinary action after a recording showed her driving through standing water on a closed road Tuesday morning while students were on the bus.

    School district Jessica Swencki said Tuesday the Board of Education approved a recommendation to dismiss Marsha Bellamy McMillian, 49, after school officials received video footage that showed South Brunswick High School Bus 372 driving around road closure barricades on N.C. 133 at Funston Road in Winnabow. It’s not clear how many students were on the bus when it happened.

  • Leland man dies after Monday boating accident

    A Leland man died after a boat he was operating in Rices Creek on Monday hit a tree, causing him to be partially ejected.

    Martin Scott McDonald, 58, died as a result of the accident in the Winnabow area, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard said.

    The emergency call came into dispatchers at 4:43 p.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.