Today's News

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County records requests are individual and assorted

    Public records requests are a mixed bag at the county level.

    “None of them are routine,” says county attorney Huey Marshall, who strives to point people making requests in the right direction.

    He also doesn’t keep a record of records requests by citizens.

    “It’s none of our business what they’re asking, why they’re asking,” Marshall says. “If you start keeping a log, it looks like you’re riding herd on them.”

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Obtaining public records from area town governments

    Ever wanted to know where you needed to go to get public information from the town where you live?

    Town halls in our area have resources available to assist you with your requests. Many town hall officials in Brunswick County request a form be completed before records are distributed, however, state public records law does not require these forms to be filled out, nor does a requester have to state a reason for making a public records request.



  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County applies open-meetings rules for nonprofits that get funding

    Nonprofit groups applying for funding from Brunswick County this year may notice something different.

    At their budget retreat this past February, county commissioners approved implementing new open-meetings regulations and expectations for nonprofits that receive county money.

    It was an idea posed by Brunswick County assistant administrator Steve Stone.

    “I made a suggestion to commissioners at the retreat just generally in regard to transparency,” Stone said.

  • Two charged after altercation with Sunset Beach officer

    Two Sunset Beach men have been charged following an altercation with a town police officer.

    Donte Bellamy, 20, of 607 Magnolia Drive, is charged with resisting a public officer and assault on a government official. Robert Perry, 24, of the same address, is charged with resisting a public officer.

    An officer responded to a noise complaint at the address and ended up in an altercation with the two subjects, according to a police report. The incident was reported March 6.

    Town police also investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach patrol for another season

    SUNSET BEACH—Town beach patrol officers will still be on duty this next season, perhaps with a few tweaks to their duties.

    At their monthly meeting March 5, town council members unanimously approved not switching from beach patrol to reserve police officers.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott, who made the motion, added a caveat that council take a closer look at the officers’ hours and that program’s organization. Fellow councilwoman Karen Joseph suggested that include employee interviews based on new needs by the town.

  • Arbor Day Celebration Friday in Carolina Shores

    Carolina Shores will have its fourth annual Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The celebration will include a tree planting and a short ceremony with Mrs. Parton’s second-grade class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The event will begin with a welcome by Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough, followed by the tree-planting ceremony with the class and town tree committee.

  • Brunswick health board tables nonprofit's animal shelter proposal

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health has tabled a second proposal by a nonprofit rescue group to take over management of the local animal shelter.

    The decision came Monday night after the board discussed for about an hour the proposal by Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE). It is tabled for the next 60 days. Board member and county commissioner Marty Cooke said RACE needs to come up with guidelines.

    Board chairman Flint King said he wants to know RACE can do what it says it can.

  • Coupon Obsession helps people in need

    Brandy’s Coupon Obsession started small, as a way to save cents on the weekly grocery bill.

    Now Brandy Marti, owner of Good Looks Beauty Studio in Calabash, organizes donations from hundreds of local women to help families throughoutBrunswick County.

    Marti started clipping coupons in late 2009 to save money on groceries. Itquickly became an obsession.

    “You start getting a lot of free things,” Marti said.

  • UPDATE: Calabash teen charged with attempted robbery, break-in

    A Calabash man has been charged with an attempted armed robbery of a Calabash restaurant and an attempted break-in at a gas station.

    Rhyan Lynn Inman, 18, of 1188 Riverview Drive, Calabash, was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.

    He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    The incident occurred around 6 a.m. Monday at George’s Pancake House on Beach Drive.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational schedule April 9-11

     Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational

    At West Brunswick High School


    April 9: 10 a.m.: Durham Riverside vs. North Brunswick (Game 1); 1 p.m.: Scotland County vs. South Brunswick (Game 2); 4 p.m.: South Stanly vs. West Brunswick JV (Game 3); 7 p.m.: Harrell’s Christian Academy vs. West Brunswick (Game 4).

    April 10: 10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 3 (Game 5); 1 p.m.: loser Game 2 vs. loser Game 4 (Game 6); 4 p.m.: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 3 (Game 7); 7 p.m.: winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Game 8).