Local News

  • First noise ordinance approved for county

    Commissioners put in place the first county noise ordinance at the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office request during Monday’s county meeting.

    The sheriff’s office responds to numerous noise complaints throughout the county but had no way for deputies to encourage noise offenders to be more considerate of their neighbors.

    “We want the citizens and staff to know we needed teeth,” Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said of the county’s first noise ordinance.

  • County will purchase library books as memorials for deceased employees, officials

    Commissioners decided to honor those who served Brunswick County by placing a book in the county library in their memory.

    The board members approved a resolution at the March 10 agenda meeting establishing the memorial policy to honor the memory of a deceased employee, their immediate family member or an elected official who resided in the county.

    County Manager Ann Hardy proposed an appropriate memorial could be to purchase a library book in the person’s honor and include a sticker in the book to acknowledge them.

  • Public asks county to do more for emergency shelter

    Reggie Hucks, Brunswick County chief building inspector and director of code administration, and Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, have presented a process to allow churches to shelter the homeless in emergency situations.

  • Courthouse reopens Monday after water damage

    Brunswick County staff and contractors worked through the weekend to reopen the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday after a sprinkler malfunction.

    The sprinkler leak occurred at around 11 a.m. Thursday in Courtroom 4 on the second floor of the building, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. Water from the sprinklers then affected Courtroom 2, which is below Courtroom 4 on the first floor.

    Repairs continued in Courtrooms 2 and 4 this week while the rest of the building reopened.

  • H2GO calls Leland resolution unconstitutional

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district officials have responded to Leland’s legislative request to take over the water and sewer service, calling it unconstitutional.

    H2GO board members John Crowder, William Browning, Carl Antos, Ronnie Jenkins and Byron Poe Butler sent letters to Sen. Bill Rabon and Reps. Susi Hamilton and Frank Iler stating the Leland resolution to the legislature has failed before and will fail again.

  • County updates town officials at annual breakfast meeting

    BOLIVIA — Officials and staff from Brunswick County and several municipalities got together March 12 when the county hosted its annual municipal breakfast at the county complex cafeteria.

    County commission chairman Scott Phillips welcomed the various representatives by speaking of the importance of finding ways to work together on behalf of “the citizens we work for.”

  • Leland board approves town manager performance bonus

    Leland commissioners agreed to give Town Manager David Hollis a $15,000 bonus as part of his performance evaluation.

    The town council completed Hollis’ evaluation at a March 5 workshop, after discussions at meetings throughout the first three months of 2015.

    After finalizing their decision in closed session, the board members took action when they returned to open session voting unanimously, 4-0, to award the bonus.

    “We all agree he’s done an excellent job for the town,” Mayor Brenda Bozeman said following the vote.

  • North Brunswick service group plans three-tiered community service day March 28

    North Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council will host a community service day March 28.

    A number of civic organizations in North Brunswick, including the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club, E.G. Dale, Crosswinds Church, the Lions Club of North Brunswick, The Bridge Presbyterian Church, Manna Ministries and the Leland Area Rotary Club have partnered to assist local residents in need.

  • Ocean Isle Beach hosting April 4 terminal groin workshop

    Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public workshop April 4 on the plan to build a terminal groin.

    The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the OIB town hall at 3 W. Third St.

    Ocean Isle Beach board members voted March 20, 2014 to endorse a 750-foot terminal groin as the town recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers based on the draft Environment Impact Study (EIS) developed by Ken Willson and Tom Jarrett of Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina.

  • Bark in the Park returns in Leland

    Leland’s town park goes to the dogs Saturday.

    The town hosts its fifth annual Bark in the Park, an event centered on visitors and their dogs, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

    The event features a free rabies clinic presented by Furever Friends Animal Rescue of Brunswick County.

    The clinic can provide a one-year rabies vaccine shot or, with proof of a dog’s first rabies shot, provide a follow-up vaccine shot good for three years.