Local News

  • Cape Fear RPO seeks U.S. 74/I-140 corridor study

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization’s Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) approved a resolution asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the U.S. 74 corridor in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    Members voted unanimously for the corridor study during its Friday, July 10, meeting.

    The request follows previously adopted resolutions by the RTAC to encourage construction of U.S. 74 to the Wilmington Bypass (Interstate 140).

  • OIB board supports right to manage special tax districts, keeps cabanas off beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday opposing an item in the Senate budget bill that could impact the town’s ability to create special tax districts.

    The special tax districts are used throughout the state to provide funding to cover the costs of local projects that impact a limited number of residents or collect more funds from residents in the immediate impact area and less from those who still benefit from the service provided.

  • Elections filing period ends Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for all 19 municipalities, which opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6, will continue through noon Friday, July 17.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns in November.

  • Sunset Beach board OKs vested rights for island project

    The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment has given the go-ahead for zoning vested rights for a proposed condominium project in the island’s commercial district.

    The board voted 5-1 at a July 8 meeting in favor of the measure for a proposed multi-family development for seven lots owned by Greg and Dinah Gore on the west side of Sunset Boulevard at North Shore Drive West. The property is in the island’s beach business (BB1) commercial district.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at rehab facility

     A 12-year-old girl who lost part of her left arm during a shark attack last month near Ocean Crest Fishing Pier in Oak Island has been discharged from a children’s hospital and admitted into a rehabilitation facility where she will continue her recovery.

    Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, has been transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte to complete an inpatient rehabilitation program.

  • Novant layoffs to affect Brunswick hospital

    Announced layoffs by Novant Health of up to 400 positions, or 2 percent of its workforce, will affect its hospital in Brunswick County, a spokeswoman said this week.

    Announcement of the layoffs by the Winston-Salem-based health care system came this past Monday, July 13.

    Novant spokeswoman Caryn Klebba said system-wide elimination of some positions is part of an organizational redesign and effort to balance Novant’s workforce, including that of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • NCDOT installs safety feature at U.S. 17 intersection

     SHALLOTTE — One of the busiest intersections in the southern region of Brunswick County has been even more congested lately as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are working to install a feature meant to improve safety for motorists.

    For the last two months, NCDOT crews have worked on installing offset lefts on U.S. 17 at U.S. 17, U.S. Business 17 (Main Street) and Old Shallotte Road, NCDOT communications officer Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Carolina Shores couple relies on communication, sense of humor 65 years later

     CAROLINA SHORES — While Hank Mattutat was studying at New York University by way of the G.I. Bill following his Army service in World War II, he made the trek to Long Island one summer for a beach trip with a tight-knit group of friends.

    During the beach excursion, Hank was introduced to a pretty young lady named Marilyn.

    That’s when Hank turned to one of his close pals and told him, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

  • Jail escapee to serve more than two years in prison

     A judge sentenced a Southport man charged with escaping from Brunswick County Detention Facility to more than two years in state prison Wednesday, July 8, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 22-year-old William Hewett to serve 26 to 44 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to escaping from a county jail, felony fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

  • South Brunswick Charter School to operate on traditional school calendar

     Students and staff at South Brunswick Charter School will operate on a traditional school calendar during the upcoming 2015-16 school year instead of the year-round schedule they adopted.