Today's News

  • Lawyer: Developer’s Sunset Beach West ownership in doubt

    A developer proposing to build on oceanfront land west of the Sunset Beach island hasn’t proven he owns the land, according to a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    SELC senior attorney Geoffrey Gisler has determined the developer of the proposed Sunset Beach West development “has not demonstrated necessary property rights” and the deed included in the application is a general warranty deed, dated April 9, 2014, “prepared without opinion of title.”

  • County to build playground at park

    A new playground at Smithville District Park in Southport will be built in the coming year, thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources. The town received $350,000 after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.

  • What can Toastmasters do for you?

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Hi, I am Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, and I am a Toastmaster. How many of you have introduced yourself this way? Nowadays, I can with confidence and with comfort.

    My question is, how did I arrive at this level of comfort and confidence? What has Toastmasters done for me? More importantly, what can Toastmasters do for you? Is Toastmasters right for you?

  • Veterans’ Memorial unifies our community

    Most of the time, I don’t think we’d have much of a community, let alone a society, if we all always shared the same point of view all the time, but the bellicosity of some of the races in the Nov. 3 election left me feeling defeated. And while voter turnout was better than in years past, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections, I was disappointed by the final tally of 22.98 percent. I was starting to doubt whether anything could bring us all together anytime soon.

  • School board schism may doom bond proposal

    We said in an editorial last month there was no reason to think the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners would not allow the 2016 general election ballot to include a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools. We said there is already no doubt the school district needs money to meet the needs of its students.

    On Nov. 3, school board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen voted to approve a $175 million bond referendum request.

  • Four face felony charges in Winnabow break-ins

     Four people accused of breaking into a pair of Winnabow convenience stores face a slew of felony charges following their arrests last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 25-year-old Tell Tenant Curry, 24-year-old Crystal Darcy, 49-year-old Tama Jene Edwards and 35-year-old Jackie Glenn Naylor, all of Winnabow, on Nov. 9.

  • Longtime Oak Island police chief to retire

     Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger has held “about every position you can have” in police work.

    He recently decided it was time to make another change as he announced his retirement effective March 1, 2016.

    Eddinger said he accrued one-and-a-half years of sick time throughout his tenure in Oak Island, which allows him to retire then.

  • Middle school student goes the distance

     WINNABOW — Christian Huffman has defied odds since he was a toddler and he isn’t stopping now.

    A 12-year-old middle-school student at The Academy of Coastal Carolina, Huffman suffered from meningioangiomatosis, a “rare, benign, focal lesion of the leptomeninges and underlying cerebral cortex characterized by leptomeningeal and meningovascular proliferation” — a complication in the brain that causes frequent seizures, Huffman’s mother Judith Allen said.

  • District staff presents new bond plan to board members

     Brunswick County Schools staff and board of education members discussed options Tuesday, Nov. 17, that would trim almost $30 million off a $175 million bond referendum the board is asking county commissioners include on the November 2016 general election ballot.

  • Six men indicted on sex crimes charges

     A grand jury indicted six Brunswick County men, including three former public safety officers, during sessions Oct. 26 and Nov. 3 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Former Shallotte police officer Braxton Rushawn Strickland, former Leland firefighter Brian David Saltsgaver and former Sunset Beach police officer Jamie Lynn Clemmons were among those indicted.

    The grand jury also returned true bills of indictments for Lavonshea Fletcher, Richard James Patterson Jr. and Michael David Rivenbark, court records show.