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Today's News

  • Jet Ski fatalities reported in Sunset Beach

    A father and son have died after their Jet Ski struck the Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier in Sunset Beach, according to town officials.

  • District presents $152M bond plan to school board

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County School administrators presented their long-range plan for the proposed $152 million bond referendum to the Brunswick County Board of Education, along with the recommended project list by school.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Tuesday morning’s presentation was held so administrations could secure the school board’s approval before they forward the information to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. All school board members except Charlie Miller attended.

  • From Holden Beach to Haiti: Couple holds garage sale to benefit orphanage

    HOLDEN BEACH — Sometimes, interruptions in life are a good thing.

    That’s what Suzanne and Tim Roseberry, of Holden Beach, soon realized after learning about an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, and how they could help the 27 children living there from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

    “We’re thankful for the interruption,” Tim said. “We’re thankful for God for stopping us long enough and saying ‘Hey, these kids need help.’”

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.

  • SBHS senior dies in Wednesday morning traffic collision

    A South Brunswick High School senior has died following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, May 25.

    Lily Beatini, 18, was on her way from the Southport area on N.C. 87 near Cougar Road to the school at the time of the accident, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki and Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said. 

    Shirley said the preliminary investigation shows Beatini lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, overcorrected, crossed the center line and was immediately struck by a waste industries vehicle.

  • SB 875 passes Senate committee in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — A controversial bill to de-annex three portions of Sunset Beach was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.

    Senate Bill 875 Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation, introduced by District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government after parties on both sides of the issue, including Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, spoke at a midday hearing in the Legislative Office Building.

  • Holden Beach asks county to ‘co-sign’ financing

    BOLIVIA — Holden Beach is seeking Brunswick County’s help to receive financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    The town’s Central Reach beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett told county commissioners May 16 the town needs their help to start the beach renourishment project by the end of the year.

  • Shallotte trio arrested after drug investigation

    Three Shallotte residents face drug charges after a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in April.

    Sabrina Lavonne Brewer, 27; Carly Sue Turbeville, 38; and David Carl Marlow Sr., 54, were arrested May 25 after agents seized four bags of heroin and needles from their residence on Tyron Road, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council nixes reducing tax rate

    SUNSET BEACH —Sunset Beach Town Council has defeated 3-2 a motion to reduce the town’s ad valorem tax rate from the current 16 cents to 11.8 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The vote came at the board’s May 17 meeting after the reduction was proposed by councilman Richard Cerrato and seconded by councilman Mark Benton.

    A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for council’s upcoming meeting Monday, June 6.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.