Today's News

  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”

  • Commissioner resolution opposes housing illegal minors in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s board of commissioners approved a resolution opposing the re-settling of immigrant minors within Brunswick County at the July county meeting.

    The resolution is intended to address the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Unite States, causing a reported hardship on the communities receiving the minors.

    The resolution opposes housing any of these minors in Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes requested County Attorney Huey Marshall draft the document to create a county position on the issue.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Leland Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and larcenies that occurred on Aug. 4 in the Magnolia Greens development.

    Six of the break-ins and larcenies happened in on Willow Pond Lane and four more occurred on Grandiflora Drive.

  • Sunset Beach style roundabout idea presented for NC 179 in OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – The Ocean Isle Beach board agreed to start a conversation about replacing the NC 179 intersection at Causeway Drive with a roundabout.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended Tuesday’s regular town meeting to show the commissioners a concept for replacing the signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

    Chad Kimes said his department began talking with OIB staff a few months ago to address safety issues with left turns at the intersection.

  • Two years after fatal boating accident, light will mark Cape Fear River quarantine site

    An abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Southport now has a light to warn boaters of the concrete slab in the water.

    The 19th century station was the site of a 2012 boating accident that caused one death and several injuries.

    According to reports, on Aug. 4, 2012, Ed and Barbara Lee Pierce of Wilmington and two other passengers were in the Pierce’s boat heading to Wilmington when they rammed into the concrete platform.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Be clear on oceanfront swimming pools issue

    Sunset Beach town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the oceanfront.

    The change is on a list of proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting. The proposal is to add swimming pools as a permitted use in all town zoning districts except mainland business MB2, which could pave the way for a public swimming pool.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • What a drag: Womanless Beauty Pageant pretties up Friday, Aug. 22

    At least nine local men are in the lineup of contenders dragging themselves to the Womanless Beauty Pageant on Friday, Aug. 22, for a night of fun and fundraising.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual event, when ordinary men transform into questionable beauties for the night, will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.