Today's News

  • Bolivia men accused of stealing 1,000+ Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation

    Two Bolivia men were arrested Saturday, Nov. 21, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they stole more than a thousand Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation.

    Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, each are charged with taking a Venus flytrap, second-degree trespass and 149 counts of taking certain wild plants, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Saturday night.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over Ocean Isle Beach airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has dismissed a lawsuit against Ocean Isle Beach filed by Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator.

  • Sunset Beach 'old council' debates process for vacant seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Old council or new council?

    A tug-of-war erupted among Sunset Beach Town Council members at their standing-room-only Nov. 17 workshop about how to best fill the vacant council seat of Terry Johnson, who abruptly resigned on the afternoon of Election Day, Nov. 3, after serving less than two years on council.

    Council voted to accept Johnson’s resignation at its next meeting in December rather than at the work session.

  • Leland rezones lot on U.S. 17 for proposed apartment complex

    LELAND — Leland Town Council approved rezoning part of the Brunswick Forest planned unit development, which the owner proposes to use for an apartment complex built just off U.S. 17. The move came during their regular meeting Thursday night, Nov. 19.

    Funston Land & Timber, the developer/owner of the property, requested the town rezone a 22.35-acre parcel from the C-2 Regional Business, Commercial Business District and add it to the M-F Multifamily District.

    The area proposed for the development is just west of the Lowes Foods shopping center,

  • Hunger and Homeless Banquet addresses need

    SOUTHPORT — Less than a week before Thanksgiving, a roomful of concerned residents and representatives convened to discuss local need at the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition’s fourth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet.

    The “banquet” consisted of a simple soup-and-water lunch, but there was much to discuss beforehand as the meeting got under way at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

  • Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment grants Riverside North setback variance

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment has approved a setback variance for 44 Riverside North lots on Riverside Drive.

    Approval came at a Nov. 18 hearing continued from October.

    Chris Stanley, designated agent for the applicant, sought a variance to reduce the required 25-foot front yard setback in the BR-2 beach residential district covering Riverside Drive to 15 feet for all lots in the proposed project.

  • Noise ordinance could come back to Holden Beach’s new board

    A new noise ordinance for Holden Beach could be ready in time for the new town board to review in December.

    In January, town commissioners asked the planning and zoning board to look into a situation involving a 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season with up to 150 people in attendance.

    In February, the planning and zoning board reported the vast majority of the complaints are covered by the existing ordinances, including the noise ordinance, and can be enforced by the police.

  • NCDOT continues N.C. 211 lane closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will continue nighttime lane closures on N.C. 211 in Southport at N.C. 87 to the Ferry Terminal through Tuesday, Dec. 15, excluding the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-30. The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday each week for milling and resurfacing, weather permitting.

    During the work, no on-street parking will be allowed within the work zone and towing will be enforced.

  • Carolina Shores work session canceled

    The town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners monthly pre-agenda meeting for Dec. 7 has been canceled.

    The board’s monthly meeting is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, when new Mayor Joyce Dunn and newly elected commissioners Bill Brennan, Gere Dale and Mary Timothy will take the oath of office.

  • Open house Dec. 10 on Ocean Isle Beach Park

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which is beginning phase two construction for Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach, is hosting a drop-in public open house Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    This meeting will offer citizens an opportunity to provide valuable information to parks and recreation representatives as well as park planners about the future development at Ocean Isle Beach Park.