Today's News

  • Annexation bill includes controversial referendum, referred to committee

    A bill in the N.C. General Assembly that would allow property owners in towns and in areas towns plan to annex to force a referendum on the annexation has been referred to the House finance committee.

    Speaker of the House Joe Hackney broke a tie last week, sending the bill back to committee. Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island, along with other Republicans in the House, voted in favor of approving the bill.

    “I’m for anything that gives more rights to the property owners,” Iler said this week about his vote.

  • Beauty pageants paint a perception of perfection

    It wasn’t until I moved to the South that I discovered the truth behind beauty pageants.

    Growing up in Midwest suburbia, they didn’t mean much more than tuning in once a year to catch the last five minutes of the Miss America pageant, only to see who was crowned that year’s queen.

    Living in the South, I have become more exposed to them and have quickly learned beauty pageants are much more than meets the eye.

  • Resident agrees to fund beautification project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A town resident has offered to pay more than $1,400 for a town beautification project along Causeway Drive after Ocean Isle Beach board commissioners expressed concern about funding it with town money.

    Jim Myers, a resident and contractor, agreed to pay for curbing for a landscaped berm along Causeway Drive after town commissioners expressed concern for the financial end of the project.

  • Ocean Isle collects 98.85 percent of 2008-2009 taxes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Less than 1 percent of last year’s taxes remain unpaid to the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tax collector Wendy Barbee provided the board of commissioners with a settlement report from the 2008-2009 fiscal year at Tuesday’s meeting. The report shows 98.85 percent of all taxes have been paid, which leaves 1.15 percent—$43,589—uncollected.

    “Kudos to Wendy Barbee,” Mayor Debbie Smith said. “She has been diligent,” in working to collect taxes.


  • Business owner, others seek annexation to Oak Island while St. James seeks to take them in

    MIDWAY ROAD—Mike Richards, owner of Midway Trading Post at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road, is in the midst of his own annexation fight, but not in the state legislature. This fight is much closer to home.

    On May 8, Richards signed a petition to have the trading post property non-contiguously annexed to Oak Island in an effort to avoid St. James annexing the property. Other property owners in the Midway area have done the same.

    On May 12, the town of St. James called a special meeting and adopted a resolution of intent to annex the property.

  • Calabash board upholds sweepstakes denial for business

    CALABASH—The Calabash Board of Adjustment has upheld a decision to deny a business owner permission to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations.

    The action came after the owners of Nesbitt’s Jackass Saloon failed to show up for an appeals hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

    Business owner Ronald Nesbitt had filed an appeal from a previous decision by the town, seeking to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations at his business at 947-4 Carter Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office to open second substation in Leland

    LELAND—With 263 square miles to patrol in the northern end of the county, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to open its second substation in Leland.

    Headquartered in Bolivia, the sheriff’s office opened its first substation in Carolina Shores in May for residents in the southwestern part of the county.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Emergency director: Structural collapse drill deemed a success

    The victims lied motionless on the ground—bloodied, bruised and wounded—as they waited for emergency personnel to descend on the scene.

    Behind them was little more than rubble: shards of broken glass and wood in the place where a home once stood. The whirring of emergency radios grew louder as emergency crews approached the scene, where more victims were inside the mangled house.

  • No additional active tuberculosis cases reported

    SUPPLY—Wearing tightly fitting masks over their faces and jail-issued attire, shackled inmates were escorted from Brunswick Community Hospital to the jail transport van waiting to take them back to the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    The 31 inmates whose tuberculosis skin tests were reactive to TB received chest X-rays at Brunswick Community Hospital last Friday to determine if active TB developed in their lungs. County health director Don Yousey said none of the 31 inmates or two staff members with positive skin tests had active cases of TB.

  • Mass evacuation bus first in southeastern North Carolina

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department’s latest grant-funded procurement is the first of its kind in southeastern North Carolina.

    Funded by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, the emergency services department recently acquired a $324,000-mass evacuation bus, which is the first one in this part of the state, Brian Watts, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Director said.