Today's News

  • Bill could eliminate ETJs before Leland can ask for one

    Leland officials want an extraterritorial jurisdiction just like other Brunswick County towns, but a bill proposed in the new legislative session could eliminate every ETJ in North Carolina.

    Town board members discussed how to sway Brunswick County commissioners to allow ETJs again at their first goal-setting workshop in January.

    North Carolina statute G.S. 160A-360(e) requires that the county approve the extension of city extraterritorial jurisdiction into any area where the county enforces zoning, subdivision regulations and the state building code.

  • Leland Police report

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

    Feb. 9

    Injury to a multi-unit mailbox on Village Road.

    Two-vehicle crash in Goodwill parking lot resulting in property damage.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a cell phone from an unsecured vehicle parked on Blake Circle.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last month. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 22

    Breaking and entering — non-forced entry and vandalism to a refrigerator in a Brunswick Avenue West residence.

    Jan. 29

    Breaking and entering and larceny of $200 from a Highpoint Street residence.

    Feb. 2

  • Mayors, others question wind energy strategy for offshore North Carolina

     CAROLINA SHORES — At least two island mayors from Brunswick County have concerns about future development of offshore wind energy off the North Carolina coast.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts and Bald Head Island Mayor Andy Sayre were among residents bringing questions and comments to a public hearing Feb. 12 conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Sunset Beach residents concerned about proposed OIB terminal groin

    Two weeks prior to an upcoming public hearing, some Sunset Beach residents are expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, which they deem an environmental threat to the Sunset Beach island to the west.

    With the hearing on the Ocean Isle terminal groin project scheduled March 3, Sunset Beach island resident Jan Harris said proper public notice about the meeting was not given.

  • Calabash in gear for Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot

     CALABASH — The town board of commissioners has given permission for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot this year in the Seafood Capital.

    Commissioners voted in favor of the proposal following a presentation by Johnna Hall with Coastal Race Productions at their monthly meeting Feb. 10.

  • Wedding house report under review in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners sent back a report for further review to the planning and zoning board about the wedding house controversy during their meeting Feb. 10.

    Commissioners had asked at their January meeting for the planning and zoning board to look into the situation involving the 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season.

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act aims to improve students’ futures

    By Nancy Lamb

    Guest Columnist


    As parents, educators and community leaders, now is the time. Want to improve our schools? Want to help our children? In the next few weeks, the Congress is going to consider the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is the federal government’s single largest funding pool for K-12 education. The bill represents the best opportunity to address not only poverty, but also to close the achievement gap and improve our schools for kids, educators and the community.

  • Lent gives us time to go ‘into the woods’

     Fairy tales have always fascinated me. I loved reading them as a child. I “became” Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Rapunzel was more difficult, since my hair was neither yards long nor shining with platinum beauty. There were wicked stepsisters who plagued my life...individuals who blocked my path with boulders of alienation, lack of acceptance heaped with ridicule. It was easy to see how fairy tales would be an impelling force, a call to what is beyond our immediate vision.


  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the General Assembly in Raleigh, we honored the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, the scouting honor society; had many discussions on the gas tax issue and saw the Senate pass a bill stabilizing the gas tax; and heard the presentation of the all-important revenue forecast for 2015-17.