Local News

  • Leland looks at uses for old town hall buildings

    LELAND — While Leland officials will have to wait at least another month to move into the new town hall, they are making plans to use the old town hall for economic development.

    At the Thursday, March 20, town meeting, parks and recreation director Niel Brooks provided an assessment of the buildings the town staff will leave behind when they move into the new town hall.

    The old town hall is made up of three modular buildings that include the commissioners’ meeting room and staff offices.

  • Sales tax referendum presentations scheduled through April

    Catch county and school officials on tour for the next five weeks pitching the benefits a quarter-cent sales tax increase can provide.

    After county board members voted 4-1 to add a voter referendum for the sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot Feb. 24, the commissioners were asked to help publicize the referendum.

  • County board approves time extension for community hospital sale

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners extended a medical company’s option on the old community hospital property in hopes a purchase agreement will come through.

    County officials agreed to accept a $750,000 offer for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property from Excel Medical Group last September.

    The agreement is the first step in the process of selling the hospital, but other attempts to sell the hospital have fallen through in the past.

  • Second Street residents mind the gap caused by Ocean Isle beach renourishment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Richard Donovan, of 436 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, and a number of his neighbors are reaping the benefits of the beach renourishment project that is under way on Ocean Isle Beach, but there is a down side.

    Raising the level of the beach with 640,000 yards of sand that is being spread onto the strand between Shallotte Boulevard and Leland Street has left a large ditch along the property line.

  • At-risk teen program to clear Belville Riverwalk trails

    BELVILLE — The first cost-saving measure Belville officials envisioned for the Riverwalk project came through at the Monday, March 24, town meeting.

    Commissioner Joe Breault gave an update on plans from the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville beginning with a low-cost method to clear debris and cut the walking trails into the park.

  • Gore applies for driveway permit at west end of Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — As Mad Inlet continues to be a hot topic, the town has signed off on a driveway permit application from developer Ed Gore at the west end of Main Street.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin confirmed last week town building inspections director Sandy Wood signed a permit application to be directed to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    “Driveways that connect to a state road are permitted through NC DOT not the municipality,” Anglin wrote in an email response March 21 to the Beacon.

  • Residents question work at Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH —Two island residents are asking about permit applications for dredging work in a local canal.

    Earlier this month, resident Jan Harris requested from the town copies of permits for fill to be placed on Riverside Drive, an undeveloped peninsula that runs off Sixth Street just north and parallel to North Shore Drive on the east side of the island.

    Fellow resident Sue Weddle also requested information.

  • BSRI director gets hero's serenade for rescue

    SHALLOTTE — Jim Fish was being a Good Samaritan when he stopped to assist with the rescue of a man who had driven into freezing water on an equally frigid day.

    When Fish, president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., along with fellow Ash resident Glenn Biddle, happened up on the Jan. 7 scene off Four Mile Road, he disregarded the cold and jumped into cold waist-deep water to save the man’s life.

    Last week, the Coastal Harmonizers launched into song to pay tribute.

  • Marlowe earns state’s highest civilian honor

     In 1993, Sgt. Donnell Marlowe received a call about a car that had driven off the road south of Shallotte.

    “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he said.

    A car carrying two adults and their four children pulled off the side of the road to allow an emergency vehicle from Calabash to pass. As the vehicle pulled off, the tires slipped and the car became submerged in a ditch.

    Marlowe rushed to the scene to the find only the bumper sticking up from out of the water.

  • Tart accepts new position, CIS seeks to fill executive director role

     One of the county’s largest and most effective community-based organizations is searching for a new executive director.

    Cynthia Tart, who had served as founding executive director of Communities in Schools in Brunswick County since 1995, accepted a position in the organization’s state office.

    Nearly 20 years later, Tart, who resides in Oak Island, thought it was time for a change.