Local News

  • Chmielenski receives Leland’s COTY award

    LELAND — Mayor Brenda Bozeman had to plan for two months to make sure her Citizen of the Year was in the audience and unaware he was the 2016 recipient.

    “This is unexpected. I don’t believe it,” Walter Chmielenski, chairman of the parks and recreation board said after Bozeman announced the award at Leland’s Dec. 15 town meeting.

    “Do you know how hard it is getting good people here without spilling the beans?” Bozeman said.

  • Commissioners approve Belville town hall financing

    BELVILLE — The North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) approved the Belville’s financing agreement to build a new town hall.

    The LGC, which is part of the state treasurer’s department, approved the financing plan Dec. 9, commissioner Joe Breault said during Dec. 19 town meeting. The move opens the door for the town to move proceed with stormwater permitting, planning certification and construction contracts.

  • RoboCon demonstrates STEM efforts in schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts on display Dec. 17 by hosting RoboCon 2016 at Brunswick Community College.

    The event showed off the new robotics programs that began in the 2016-17 school year at the elementary, middle and high schools.

    Claire McLaughlin, Brunswick County STEM Council chairwoman, helped organize the robotics programs to show students the opportunities STEM courses provide.

  • Two businesses seek one operating room

    Two medical providers are vying for one opportunity to add an operating room in Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services determined in the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan that Brunswick County needs an additional operating room.

    The county has seven operating rooms: five at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia and two at J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

  • Sunset Beach throws shade on 'cabana confusion'

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has delayed until January review of its recent reversal and decision to continue to allow cabanas on the beach.

    At a special meeting called Monday by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton “to address the procedural and process confusion regarding the town’s reversal to allow cabanas,” board members took issue with a thick multi-page report distributed by the two at the start of the session.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said there had been no time to review it.

  • Calabash OKs plat for Kingfish Bay phase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a preliminary/final subdivision plat for revived phase work in Kingfish Bay.

    Approval of the “Kingfish Village” phase came at the board’s last meeting of the year Dec. 13.

    The phase consists of two existing townhouse units and plats 14 more single-family lots along Kingfish Boulevard and Tilapia Way off N.C. 179 (Beach Drive).

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project delayed a week

    Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project was delayed one week because of rough seas the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

    The project will place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Man escapes Bolivia house fire that killed pet

    A man escaped a Bolivia house fire that killed one of his pets Thursday, Dec. 15.

    Bolivia Fire Chief Marcus Crisco said his department received an alarm about the fire on Shady Loop Lane at 10:35 p.m.

    He and 11 other members of the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 10:41 p.m. and left at 1:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

    The man who was home when the fire started escaped safely with all but one of his pets, Crisco said. The chief couldn’t say what kind of animals any of the pets were.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of about 10,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a 12-inch force main sewer at 301 Forest St. Ext. NW in Shallotte on Wednesday, Dec. 14, according to a county news release.

    The discharge was caused by a joint gasket failure. County personnel isolated the sewer spill and removed the wastewater from the surface area and applied lime to stabilize the area.

    An unknown amount reached the waters of Mulberry Branch and testing will be done to determine the impact.

  • Southport-Fort Fisher ferry Christmas schedule announced

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will be running on amended schedules Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25. All North Carolina ferry routes will resume their regular schedules Monday, Dec. 26.

    The schedule for the Southport-Fort Fisher route is:

    Saturday, Dec. 24

    From Southport: 7 a.m., 8:30, 9:15, 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15 p.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45 and 6:15.

    From Fort Fisher: 7:45 a.m., 9:15, 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15 p.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 7.

    Sunday, Dec. 25