Local News

  • Sunset Beach dips into pool, hot tub specs

    SUNSET BEACH — Town planning director Rawls Howard has been tasked with researching specifications for swimming pools, hot tubs and spas for the town.

    Following discussion at a town planning board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 3, Howard said he would look into language and come back with better standards to provide guidance.

    Howard said the town is trying to define guidelines with its legal staff, especially in light of recent discussions and goings-on at the Sunset Beach island.

  • Sunset Beach West sparks turnout at taxpayers' meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — Concerns about a proposed 21-unit oceanfront development west of the Sunset Beach island drew more than 35 people to a Labor Day weekend meeting of island property owners last Saturday morning, Sept. 5.

  • 9/11 Memorial Service set for Friday

    On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a local annual Memorial Service is scheduled this Friday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County.

    The event will begin with the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lions Club waving flags from area bridges to welcome visitors to their city.

    An 8 a.m. Mass follows at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 1100 Eighth Ave. N. in North Myrtle Beach.

  • Leland police investigate restaurant break-in

    Police are asking for the public’s help to find the person who broke into a Leland restaurant Sept. 7.

    The break-in happened at 10:26 p.m. at Bessie Burger, 1120 E. Cutlar Crossing in The Villages at Brunswick Forest Shopping Center, according to a Leland Police Department Facebook post.

    “When officers arrived, they found that forced entry was made to the establishment,” the post reads.

    It’s unknown whether anything was stolen, but there was significant damage to the inside of the restaurant.

  • Three people charged in video gaming bust

    Three people accused of operating an illegal video gaming site were charged after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit agents seized more than $6,000 and six video slot machines during separate operations Aug. 28.

    Forty-one-year-old Charles Edward Ard Jr. and 33-year-old Tiffany Teal Ard, both of Supply, were cited on charges of operating a game of chance in which money was bet and possession of an illegal slot machine, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release issued Wednesday, Sept. 9.

  • River Road reopened after morning house fire

     A portion of River Road has been reopened after law enforcement and emergency services personnel temporarily closed the roadway this morning after a structure fire.

    A home in the 800 block of River Road caught fire about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, forcing law enforcement to close a portion of the roadway as fire crews worked to extinguish the flames, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. 

  • School bus involved in minor collision

     A school bus taking 17 students to Virginia Williamson Elementary School this morning was involved in a minor collision.

    School bus No. 319 was “rear ended” on Stone Chimney Road in Supply about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release.

    No students or staff was injured during the collision, Swencki said.

    The students were taken to Virginia Williamson after a replacement bus arrived shortly after the incident.

  • Lightning strikes pair of OIB houses two minutes apart

    Two Ocean Isle Beach homes caught fire as a result of lightning strikes in a two-minute span Thursday, Sept. 2.

    Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho said lightning strikes caused two fires on the island at 5:27 p.m. and 5:29 p.m.

    Lightning struck a home at 53 Craven St., but the damage was “fairly insignificant,” Yoho said.

    “There was some structural damage, but it wasn’t tremendously bad,” he said.

    No one was home at the time.

  • BCC Southport Center director relishes new opportunity at new campus

     SOUTHPORT — At last, students can take courses at Brunswick Community College’s Southport Center, which was opened for the first time Sept. 1.

    In the last five years, Brunswick Community College officials and board of trustees have defaulted on a contract with a construction company and postponed the opening of the new center at least three times.

    But the first day in the Southport center seemed to erase several years’ worth of frustration and delays.

    For now, the campus is only open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Search and rescue team a vital resource for county agencies

     SUPPLY — Christy Judah has done a little bit of everything in Brunswick County over the last 20 years. She’s published books, trained dogs, worked as a school guidance counselor, and perhaps most importantly, led a volunteer organization that helps local law enforcement on search and rescue missions.

    Judah, director of Brunswick Search and Rescue, a nonprofit volunteer team using canines to find lost or missing people, is constantly looking for ways to recruit team members and raise funds to keep the group functioning properly.