Today's News

  • Sunset Beach calls bond on Jaguar’s Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially notified the bond company for Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, aka Jaguar’s Lair, of its claims against surety bonds for infrastructure work in the Phase VI development.

    The announcement came Tuesday morning by way of a news release from the town of Sunset Beach.

    “The town’s claim asserts that work remains incomplete,” reads the statement issued by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • Shallotte Middle duo and lifelong best friends earn medals at state competition

     SHALLOTTE — Two Brunswick County students among several who competed in the state Science Olympiad finals came home with Top 10 medals.

    Shallotte Middle School eighth-graders and Powell Palmer and Madison Ward captured sixth-place honors in a team event.

    On April 25-26, the self-proclaimed “BFFs” — or “best friends forever — made the trip to Raleigh weeks after claiming first-place honors at the regional level.

  • Leland approves resolution to support, annex development in Belville

    LELAND — Leland officials approved a resolution of support for developer Urban Smart Growth LLC’s planned development along the Brunswick River adjacent to the town.

    But the development is Belville’s proposed downtown project, which the town contracted to build with Urban Smart Growth in 2007 for a 20-year period.

    At Leland’s town meeting May 21, the resolution was discussed without any talk of Belville’s agreement being a hindrance.

  • Belville explores more cost cutting to keep tax rate steady

    Belville officials have proposed holding the town’s property tax rate to $0.0683 per $100 valuation for another year, but continued to look for areas to trim expenditures for 2015-16.

    At its May 18 town meeting, Belville’s board of commissioners reviewed the donations it would make as part of the annual budget.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the town received requests for $7,250 in donations in the upcoming budget.

    “The total was $5,200 for all donations (in 2014-15),” Williams said.

  • Navassa awaits updates on budget, CSX and Superfund site

    Navassa will announce the scheduled time for a public hearing on the 2015-16 budget at its June 18 regular town council meeting.

    “We are still working on our budget, but (the staff) are scheduled to have our numbers by Friday,” Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said Monday, June 1.

    After the public hearing on the budget, council could choose to vote on the budget at the same meeting or schedule more budget discussion.

    The town budget must be approved by June 30.

  • County takes over Calabash rescue

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved taking over the assets of the Calabash Volunteer Rescue

    The county will take three vehicles and a building, and assume the debt on the assets.

    County Manager Ann Hardy asked commissioners to approve a budget amendment of $400,000 to cover the total assumed debt of $358,000 and any unforeseen additional costs at the Monday, June 1, board meeting.

  • County prepares for busy hurricane season

     SUPPLY — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but that’s not preventing local, regional and state officials from preparing for a busy season.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season “will likely be below normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy,” according to a news release issued May 27. 

  • Employees resign after child left on school bus

     Two Brunswick County Schools employees in the transportation department have resigned after a two-week investigation about an incident when a sleeping student was left on a school bus unattended.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said bus driver Evelyn Miller and bus monitor Roswitha Delts resigned May 18 and May 22, respectively, after spending more than two weeks on paid administrative leave after a Virginia Williamson Elementary School first-grade girl was left on a school bus at Cedar Grove Middle School on May 13.

  • Students, parents rally to make second prom a success

     SHALLOTTE — Nearly 30 students from West Brunswick High School missed their junior and senior prom in April as they competed in state and national events, including a business and marketing DECA international competition in Orlando, Fla.

    Many of the students — and their parents — lobbied West Brunswick High School and school district officials to move the prom date, but their attempt was unsuccessful.

  • Man accused of escaping from county jail awaits trial

     A Southport man accused of escaping from county jail in January is awaiting trial in Brunswick County Superior Court while his girlfriend and aunt, who are charged with aiding him during the escape, are scheduled to face charges in district court this week.