Local News

  • New OIB traffic light

    The new stoplight at Causeway Drive and Culpepper Road (in front of Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department) is planned to become fully active Thursday, March 1.

    It will operate in flash mode until that time.

    Motorists are asked to use caution entering that intersection when the new light becomes active.

  • Insurance commissioner warns of Medicare scams

    North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams.

    Beginning in April 2018 and running through April 2019, old Medicare cards will be replaced with ones that no longer show Social Security numbers. Instead, cards will have a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and to check eligibility and claim status.

  • Orton Plantation announces beginning of controlled burn season

    Orton Plantation will begin its annual controlled burning between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres to improve forest health, restore longleaf pine habitat.

    Trained experts conduct the controlled burns at Orton in close coordination with the North Carolina Forest Service, the North Carolina Department of Air Quality, Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments and 911 services.

  • OIB plans to review senior living apartments rezoning

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed Feb. 13 to send a rezoning application for a site intended for a senior living community to the town’s planning board.

    Coastal Vineyard Church requested the rezoning of a vacant property at 5573 Beach Road SW, east of Duck Pond Road, which is split zoned with 2.85 acres along N.C 179 zoned C-3 and the rest R-2M, Assistant Town Administrator Justin Whiteside said.

  • Leland pursues second public-private partnership

    LELAND — Leland officials will consider another public-private partnership that could kick-start new phases of development in Brunswick Forest.

    Commissioners agreed at their Feb. 15 meeting to accept a petition to establish a Brunswick Forest Special Assessment District (SAD) to help Jeff Earp’s Funston Land & Timber LLC, developer of Brunswick Forest, build the infrastructure for new homes and businesses sooner than later.

  • County’s December unemployment rate creeps above 6 percent

    The Brunswick County unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in December.

    The last unemployment rate recorded above 6 percent was February 2017’s 6.7 percent.

    Unemployment numbers have increased for Brunswick County each month since September’s rate dropped to 4.9 percent.

    October numbers rose to 5.2 percent and November’s rate reached 5.8 percent.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December 2016.

  • RO system begins testing to remove GenX from county water

    Brunswick County Public Utilities’ low-pressure reverse osmosis pilot water treatment system is up and running at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    County officials learned last June the Cape Fear River, the county’s source of drinking water, contains a number of previously unknown contaminants including GenX.

  • Elections board sets one-stop voting sites, schedule

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to add the Belville Town Hall as a 2018 primary election one-stop early voting site for the north end of the county during a special meeting Feb. 20.

    Belville offered its commissioner meeting room for use after Leland officials said the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Town Hall would not be available for early voting sites this year.

  • Commissioners delay coastal drilling decision until March

    BOLIVIA — Dozens of opponents to seismic testing and coastal oil drilling converged outside Brunswick County’s David R. Sandifer Administration Building before the Feb. 19 county commissioners’ meeting.

    While they protested under a covered walkway to avoid the Monday evening rain, a handful of testing and drilling supporters were the first to sign up to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

  • Four people face drug charges in separate cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people on drug charges in separate cases.

    ·      Jenna Lynn Cerniglia, 25, of Gores Landing Road SW in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Cerniglia had 4.8 grams of cocaine and a plastic baggie Feb. 14.