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Today's News

  • Sheriff's office seeks two missing teens

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two missing teens in separate cases reported over the weekend.

    Diamond Shorter, 16, was last seen Saturday morning around 8:30 at her home on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    She is described as a black female, 5-foot-9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with green eyes and black hair in braids. The top of her hair is tinted red.

  • Sex offender arrested on Supply Elementary campus

     A registered sex offender was arrested Monday, April 14, at Supply Elementary School.

    James Travis Fowler, 42, of Columbus County, was arrested and charged with violating terms of being a registered sex offender by being on school property, which is a felony, warrants allege.

    Fowler tried to attend an awards ceremony at the school that day but the school’s electronic visitor verification system alerted officials to his status as a sex offender, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • County commissioners focus recreation projects at Town Creek Park

    The renovation of Town Creek Park began in September 2013, but commissioners just approved a series of specific projects at the April 21 meeting.

    Jim Pryor, director of the Parks and Recreation department, said he pulled the items from the project before the general contract was awarded to make sure the county received the best bids and the right products for the specific items.

    “I like to say we wanted to get the best bang for our buck,” Pryor said.

  • Volunteers thanked at BFA breakfast

     SHALLOTTE — Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Fred Stephens called his organization’s volunteer breakfast “one of the highlights of the year.”

    With the help he receives from his volunteers year in and year out, Stephens was especially thankful.

    The Wednesday, April 16, breakfast at Shallotte Presbyterian Church drew more than 50 volunteers.

  • HEAR4NC poised to promote HOA/POA reform in Raleigh

    SUPPLY — A nonprofit group pushing for homeowners and property owners association reform is getting ready to rally and lobby in Raleigh.

    Members of Homeowners for Education Advocacy & Rights (HEAR4NC) got an update from founder Ole Madsen at a monthly meeting held in a conference room Monday night, April 21, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

    Madsen outlined plans for a May 20 rally at the state legislature for House Bills 871 and 883.

  • Victaulic to lay off 133 Leland plant employees

    Pipe company Victaulic will lay off 133 employees from its Leland plant, according to a report filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw said Victaulic makes an easy to install fire suppression product at the plant, which is in the Leland Industrial Park.

    Two of the Leland plant operations — manufacturing of rubber gaskets used in sprinkler head systems and pressfit operations — will move from Leland to another Victaulic facility.

  • Alabama retail researcher to review Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission found the company it wants to handle a retail study of the county.

    Jim Bradshaw, the EDC’s executive director, said Retail Strategies of Birmingham, Ala., will perform the study.

    According to its website, Retail Strategies uses in-depth market research to identify retail gaps, demographic trends, consumer behavior and attitudes, and opportunities for new retail recruitment in their studies.

  • Supply man faces murder charge in woman’s death

    A Supply man is charged with murder after one of the people he is accused of shooting during the weekend died, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested 36-year-old William Calvin Steward after they said he fired a rifle into an occupied vehicle Friday night, April 11.

  • GSATS moves forward on plans for transportation funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners hosted the last Grand Strand Area Transportation Study public hearing at their Monday, April 21, meeting.

    Developed by the Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization, the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan is a 25-year outline of transportation strategies within the Myrtle Beach, S.C., urbanized area, including southern Brunswick County.

    Although there were no comments on the plan Monday, GSATS can move forward on the approval process for the annual update to the State's Transportation Improvement Plan.

  • Carolina Shores board OKs subdivision for medical office

    The Carolina Shores Planning Board has approved subdividing a parcel of land for a proposed medical office complex.

    Approval came at a board workshop April 16.

    The owners of the site had applied for a major subdivision for a medical office building, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

    The parcel is outside the town’s corporate limits but within the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), Mendenhall said.