Local News

  • Shallotte Middle duo and lifelong best friends earn medals at state competition

     SHALLOTTE — Two Brunswick County students among several who competed in the state Science Olympiad finals came home with Top 10 medals.

    Shallotte Middle School eighth-graders and Powell Palmer and Madison Ward captured sixth-place honors in a team event.

    On April 25-26, the self-proclaimed “BFFs” — or “best friends forever — made the trip to Raleigh weeks after claiming first-place honors at the regional level.

  • Leland approves resolution to support, annex development in Belville

    LELAND — Leland officials approved a resolution of support for developer Urban Smart Growth LLC’s planned development along the Brunswick River adjacent to the town.

    But the development is Belville’s proposed downtown project, which the town contracted to build with Urban Smart Growth in 2007 for a 20-year period.

    At Leland’s town meeting May 21, the resolution was discussed without any talk of Belville’s agreement being a hindrance.

  • Navassa awaits updates on budget, CSX and Superfund site

    Navassa will announce the scheduled time for a public hearing on the 2015-16 budget at its June 18 regular town council meeting.

    “We are still working on our budget, but (the staff) are scheduled to have our numbers by Friday,” Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said Monday, June 1.

    After the public hearing on the budget, council could choose to vote on the budget at the same meeting or schedule more budget discussion.

    The town budget must be approved by June 30.

  • Belville explores more cost cutting to keep tax rate steady

    Belville officials have proposed holding the town’s property tax rate to $0.0683 per $100 valuation for another year, but continued to look for areas to trim expenditures for 2015-16.

    At its May 18 town meeting, Belville’s board of commissioners reviewed the donations it would make as part of the annual budget.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the town received requests for $7,250 in donations in the upcoming budget.

    “The total was $5,200 for all donations (in 2014-15),” Williams said.

  • County takes over Calabash rescue

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved taking over the assets of the Calabash Volunteer Rescue

    The county will take three vehicles and a building, and assume the debt on the assets.

    County Manager Ann Hardy asked commissioners to approve a budget amendment of $400,000 to cover the total assumed debt of $358,000 and any unforeseen additional costs at the Monday, June 1, board meeting.

  • Sunset Beach calls bond on Jaguar’s Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially notified the bond company for Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, aka Jaguar’s Lair, of its claims against surety bonds for infrastructure work in the Phase VI development.

    The announcement came Tuesday morning by way of a news release from the town of Sunset Beach.

    “The town’s claim asserts that work remains incomplete,” reads the statement issued by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • UPDATE: Shallotte man who was reported missing found safe

    Detectives have found a 68-year-old Shallotte man, who was reported missing Wednesday, May 27, safe.

    John Wesley Williams was located and is OK, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release issued Saturday afternoon, May 30.

  • Sheriff's office finds missing Southport man safe

    Detectives found a 32-year-old Southport man reported missing Wednesday morning.

    William Tyler Wood was found safe Wednesday evening, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Deputies arrest teen in Leland Supermarket armed robbery

    A Leland teen has been arrested in the armed robbery of Leland Supermarket on Tuesday, May 26.

    Da’Andre Ki’heem Smith, 16, was captured with the assistance of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office about 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, after a traffic stop just off N.C. 211 near Clarkton, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • County commissioners agree on 2015-16 park priorities

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners have settled on the top park priorities to pursue in the 2015-16 budget.

    The county board members have reviewed their park options, including a review of the county pay-as-you-go policy (only using money available from the fund balance year to year), considering debt service to build several park projects at once and revising the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that prioritizes the order in which parks and other projects will be completed.