Today's News

  • ‘Unified’ school board moves forward with bond referendum

     SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Board of Education is ready to move forward with a $152 million bond referendum.

    At a special called board meeting before a Parent Advisory Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Shallotte, chairman Bud Thorsen asked board members where they stood on the issue.

    Board members Charlie Miller and Catherine Cooke have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of moving forward in asking the county board of commissioners to include the referendum on the Nov. 8, general election ballot.

  • Sunset Beach town staff can't explain UDO fill omission

    SUNSET BEACH — Jan Harris first noticed higher ground at an east-end development site a few months ago.

    Harris, long known for her scrutiny of development and environmental issues on the barrier island where she has lived for the past two decades, noticed a significant amount of fill being used for a new house under construction in the oceanfront Palm Cove development in the conservation reserve (CR1) zone at Sunset Beach’s easternmost tip.

  • Resident lawsuit seeks flood damages from Carolina Shores

    A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town of Carolina Shores claiming the town has been negligent in maintaining its stormwater system and her home was damaged as a result.

    Glenda B. Ward of 1 Court 6 Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores, whose case was filed Jan. 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court, alleges the town is at fault after her home was flooded “on or about” Oct. 2, 2015, when a large rainstorm hit the town.

  • Events commemorate dream of MLK Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

    He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech Aug. 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    He was assassinated at 39 while rallying on behalf of black workers on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

    During the month of what would have been his 87th birthday, area events will once again celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is officially observed this year Monday, Jan. 18.

  • Report ranks OIB highly in police officers per capita

     A report published by an independent web-based consumer news and resource center ranks two Brunswick County towns among the safest in the Tar Heel State.

    Bald Head Island was ranked first and Ocean Isle Beach eighth in consumeraffairs.com’s recently released “Safest Cities in North Carolina” report.

    The rankings are based on the number of police officers per 10,000 residents, Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Natalie Donahue said.

  • 'Night Fever' Bee Gees tribute Jan. 21 @ BCCOWA

    The next best thing to the Bee Gees is a Bee Gees tribute.

    That’s just what’s happening on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, where “Night Fever: An Evening of the Bee Gees,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

  • Brunswick County Literacy Council Wine and Dine Jan. 25

    Wine from France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina and food from one of the finest restaurants in the area will highlight an evening to help further the cause of literacy.

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council is hosting a Wine and Dine experience at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at La Cucina Italian Grill at 1780 Chandlers Lane, No. 11, in Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Jan. 10, 2016

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 10

    Joseph Ivan Cortes, 29, of 7272 Bo Tuck Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with careless and reckless driving and resisting public officer.

  • Trooper’s lawsuit against sheriff dismissed

     A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant in December 2013 against Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

    More than two years ago, N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Nance and his wife, Andrea, filed the suit alleging the sheriff violated his right to free speech and inflicted “emotional distress” against the trooper and his family.

    U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan dismissed the suit against Ingram in federal court Sept. 29, court records show.

  • Two Sunset Beach meetings moved to fire station

    Upcoming meetings in Sunset Beach will temporarily take place to accommodate more people at the town’s main fire station No. 1 at 102 Shoreline Drive West.

    That includes Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming second meeting of the month scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.