Local News

  • Southport man charged in robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a man they said robbed two Southport businesses.

    Robert Anthony Nichols, 51, of Nichols Avenue, was charged with two counts of common law robbery.

    The first robbery happened Wednesday at the Murphy Gas Station. The second occurred Thursday at the Tobacco Road Outlet on Long Beach Road.

    Nichols is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $30,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County unemployment increases slightly in June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.9 percent in June.

    The increase is only one-tenth of a point above May 2014’s 6.8 percent rate, but it is the second consecutive month the numbers have gone up.

    The unemployment rate hit a two-year low in April 2014 at 6.3 percent.

    Throughout early 2014, Brunswick County’s unemployment numbers fell significantly.

  • Law change could aid Brunswick development

    A change to economic development funding Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law July 30 could offer Brunswick County another incentive for drawing industry.

  • Holden Beach playground construction a gift residents made happen

    HOLDEN BEACH — A jungle gym and swing set are in place along the Intracoastal Waterway, just across the street from the Holden Beach town hall.

    They are the first signs that the playground in the newly named Bridgeview Park is under construction.

    The idea for a playground grew out of the thought that Holden Beach residents would be willing to donate a little money for a swing set and jungle gym to give kids a place to play.

  • Brunswick icon 'Big Nell' Harrelson dies at 72

    By Laura Lewis and Sam Hickman

    Staff Writers

    She was a Brunswick County icon, the first and only woman to ever run for sheriff.

    She’s also the namesake of a popular local eatery and was renowned for her love of people, especially elderly ones and children.

    On Monday, Aug. 4, Brunswick County lost “Big Nell” Harrelson, who died at 72 following an illness.

  • Options, contract weighed for Sunset Beach twin lakes

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach leaders will discuss options with “stakeholders” as well as limits with a contractor regarding maintenance of the twin lakes on Sunset Boulevard West.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said is the consensus gleaned following much discussion about the future of the privately owned lakes at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, Aug. 4.

    A number of residents spoke, including ones living around the lakes urging council to accept an offer to have the lakes deeded to the town from the Ed Gore Trust.

  • Sunset Beach environmental activist Sue Weddle wins Pelican Award

    SUNSET BEACH — Sue Weddle remembers the day she became an environmentalist.

    She and Owen, her husband for the past 39 years, had just taken possession of their freshly built house overlooking scenic Blane Creek on the Sunset Beach island back in May 1989.

    “There was a spring rain, and I walked out on the deck and look at this beautiful marsh,” Weddle recalled. “And I thought, ‘I am the luckiest person in the world.’”

    Moments later, her gaze shifted farther up the creek.

  • Progress proceeds in Carolina Shores communities

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is poised to proceed with an amended development plan for The Farm at Brunswick.

    In accordance with state statute, an ordinance has to be adopted, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the town board of commissioners workshop Monday morning, Aug. 4.

    He cited as well an agreement to a development plan that will allow for single-family detached housing.

    Mendenhall said a walking trail is tied to the plan, citing the statue that allows the town to ensure improvements tied to the development proposal.

  • Ash-Little River Road closure starts Aug. 11

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is closing Ash-Little River Road between N.C. 130 and Number 5 School Road from Monday, Aug. 11, until Friday, Aug. 15, for storm drain replacement work.

    Motorists should follow a signed detour along N.C. 130 to Longwood Road, staying straight onto N.C. 904 to Pea Landing Road to Number 5 School Road to Ash-Little River Road and reverse for the east-to-west detour.

  • Trial set for man accused of sex crimes at church camp

     The trial date has been set for a man accused of committing sex crimes at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly last summer at Fort Caswell.

    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Albemarle, was indicted Jan. 21 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure. He was indicted on incidents alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at Fort Caswell in June 2013. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Brunswick County Superior Court.