Today's News

  • World War II bomber pilot, family of crewman take flight with B-17

    OAK ISLAND — One of the last World War II era B-17 bombers still flying came to Brunswick County last weekend and with it came visitors to remember the men who served in them.

    The B17 Aluminum Overcast, crewed by pilots Bob and Lorraine Morris of the Experimental Airplane Association, was hosted by Oak Island’s EAA Chapter 939 at the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port, April 30-May 3.

    The B17 flew into Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport from Lakeland, Fla., where the EAA group participated in the annual Fun in Sun air show.

  • School board meeting raises dispute with county over funding

     BOLIVIA — Contentious debate about a funding agreement between Brunswick County Schools and the county highlighted the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 5, inside the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    During a liaison committee meeting Monday, May 4, county officials told Superintendent Les Tubb the county would remain revenue neutral, meaning they wouldn’t raise taxes and the schools won’t get additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Neighboring districts team up to hold Veteran’s Amnesty Day

     WILMINGTON — For the first time in North Carolina history, court officials will hold a Veteran’s Amnesty Day afternoon session in New Hanover County where veterans, military members and their spouses can get a fresh start in the court system.

    Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Fifth and 13th judicial and prosecutorial districts in southeastern North Carolina, they will have a day when they can address all of their legal issues under one roof.

  • Ash man pleads guilty to assaulting officer, rape and kidnapping charges dismissed

     Rape and kidnapping charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement that will send an Ash man to state prison for at least three years.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 32-year-old Richard Tremaine Gore to 41 to 77 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty April 23 to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of firearm by a felon and fleeing to elude arrest.

  • SBI finds no wrongdoing in county’s $3.5M land buy

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has found no criminal wrongdoing in Brunswick County’s $3.5 million Holden Beach land purchase.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said Monday, May 4, citizens’ concerns prompted the SBI to review the buy and the circumstances that led to it. The county announced the SBI’s findings May 1.

  • Sunset Beach looking at tax hike to at least 16 cents

    SUNSET BEACH — A majority of town council has indicated it favors increasing the town tax rate at least 5½ cents, to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The informal poll came at the board’s last workshop April 29 before the proposed fiscal 2015-2016 budget public hearing at council’s upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, May 11.

  • Girl Scouts hope to find dog a home

    WINNABOW — Girl Scouts with Troop 285 gathered ‘round this past weekend to greet John Boy, one of the homeless dogs at Paws Place Dog Rescue.

    The Leland-based troop came bearing dog food, bleach and laundry detergent.

    “We bought stuff at Wal-Mart,” said scout Ellie Doyle, one of the fourth- and fifth-graders in the troop who for the past four to six weeks have been trying to help John Boy, a rescued walker hound mix, find a new home as they work to earn their Bronze Award.

  • West students rally to make Relay for Life a success

     SHALLOTTE — On the 2015 Brunswick County Relay for Life web site, survivors were given the opportunity to share stories about their courageous fight.

    “I will proudly walk the Survivors Lap at Relay for Life this year,” one survivor wrote.

    “This is me, and I am a survivor,” wrote another.

    Those cancer survivors and more took center stage at Brunswick County’s annual Relay for Life event Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at M.H. Rourk Stadium on the campus of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Local leaders discuss ways to create funding source for beach projects

     SUPPLY — The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) announced earlier this year that one of its legislative goals was to establish a dedicated funding source to beach nourishment and renourishment projects.

    The organization took its first step in that direction Monday, May 4, as local leaders convened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to discuss how Brunswick County could contribute in establishing a beach management program for the Tar Heel State’s coastal communities. 

  • County for, Belville against bill to end sanitary districts

    The bill proposed to eliminate Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO has received the support of county commissioners and opposition from Belville’s town board.

    In March, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    House Bill 516, sponsored by Brunswick County Reps. Susi H. Hamilton and Frank Iler, was filed April 1 and referred to the Committee on Local Government and directed to the Finance Committee.