Local News

  • Duo faces drug charges

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested two people, including one charged in a robbery last year, on drug charges Dec. 11.

    Jennifer Nicole Bartley, 28, of Shallotte Point Loop Road in Shallotte and Daquan Delonte Price, 24, of Taft Road in Supply are each charged with possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Bartley and Price had an unspecified amount of cocaine and an unspecified amount of alprazolam in plastic baggies Dec. 11.

  • Deputies arrest man on false imprisonment, other misdemeanors


  • Sand added to Ocean Isle Beach holds up long term

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Beach sand replacement projects benefit long-term sustainability but major storms have a big impact on erosion.

    Brad Rosov of Coastal Planning and Engineering/APTIM presented the results of beach sand monitoring since 2012 to Ocean Isle Beach officials during the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 12.

    Rosov said the report he presented didn’t cover the entire 5.5 miles of beach on the island.

  • Commissioners OK funding Lockwood Folly dredging

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved Dec. 18 spending $168,000 for the North Carolina Division of Water Resources to dredge the Lockwood Folly Inlet navigation channel.

    Commissioners unanimously approved Nov. 20 hiring Aptim Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina Inc. (APTIM) for engineering services for the project after the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) awarded a contract to Weeks Marine to perform beach restoration projects at Ocean Isle Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

  • La Niña brings dry, mild winter forecast

    For a second consecutive year, winter weather in the Carolinas will be determined by a La Niña providing dry, mild days punctuated by occasional cold arctic outbreaks.

    “The overall pattern of La Niña has been exactly as expected. The only surprise has been a bit more rain than anticipated,” said Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader for the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “We had one good rain event and another is expected Wednesday (Dec. 20), which is a little remarkable.”

  • Sunset Beach opposes proposed insurance hike

    SUNSET BEACH — The newly seated Sunset Beach Town Council took unanimous action Tuesday to join in opposition to a proposed 25 percent insurance increase for residents in coastal communities.

    The measure has to do with a letter circulating among Brunswick County mayors to oppose the rate jump, said Mayor Robert Forrester, citing a recent mayors’ meeting where a county fire service committee and GenX were among other issues broached.

  • Newly elected commissioners take seats in Calabash

    CALABASH — Two new town commissioners along with re-elected incumbent Jody Nance took their oaths of office during ceremonies at the town board’s last monthly meeting of the year last Tuesday, Dec. 12.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight conducted the ceremonies for new commissioners Michael Price and Frank Drury and for commissioner Jody Nance, who was unanimously appointed to continue serving as the town’s mayor pro tem.

  • Professor flushes out GenX details

    SUPPLY — UNCW biology and marine biology professor Larry Cahoon didn’t mince words or chemical knowledge when outlining the hazards of the perfluorinated compound better known as GenX.

    “It’s toxic, it’s corrosive — we know that,” Cahoon said at a meeting of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team on Monday night, outlining byproducts during a slide presentation in a meeting room at Brunswick Electrical Membership Corp.

    “We don’t know anything about them, but we’re drinking them,” he said.

  • LIEAP applications accepted starting Jan. 2

    Brunswick County is accepting applications for LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) at the Building B Annex (back of the Social Service building), Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.

    The program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Brunswick County Superior Court judge Lewis battles cancer

    Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Judge Ola M. Lewis is battling cancer.

    A news release issued this week by Lewis’ office in Bolivia stated Lewis has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Minnesota.

    Lewis stated in the release she has been in Rochester, Minn., since Nov. 13.