Today's News

  • Belville considers cost to hire full-time engineer

    BELVILLE — Belville plans to research whether there is a benefit to hiring an in-house engineer rather than paying more to the town engineering consultant, Cavanaugh and Associates.

    Commissioners initially discussed the town’s contract with the engineering firm during the budget talks in June.

    The town has worked with the consultant on an annual contract for the past five years to handle planning, stormwater issues and most recently the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project, Town Administrator Athina Williams said.

  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home July 23 in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Fontella Marie Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road that night.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • BCC students achieve goals through Project Finish Line

     SUPPLY — Several students in Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education program are only a step or two away from securing their certifications in specialized job fields.

    Thanks to a $200,000 endowment grant, those BCC students will have the opportunity to finish their course work through Project Finish Line.

  • Virginia Williamson students produce anti-bullying film

     “I wonder why people hate me. Everyone finds it easy to bully me and it’s tough. It hurts me. I hate school. Some times I hate myself because of other people hating me. I wish I felt normal like other people.”

    That’s the opening monologue of a three-minute video Virginia Williamson Elementary School students produced earlier this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

    Virginia Williamson physical education teacher Nick Westfall spearheaded the effort to create the film and recruited the help of 12 fifth-grade students.

  • Leland firefighter accused of sex crimes involving girls

     A 49-year-old Leland firefighter accused of sexually exploiting girls faces 14 felony charges after his arrest Monday, July 27.

    Deputies arrested Brian David Saltsgaver, of Liz Lane, and charged him with indecent liberties, nine counts of felony disseminating obscenities and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Tuesday, July 28.

  • Lightning blamed for two Leland fires



    Lightning is being blamed for fires that destroyed a home and an amenities center in Leland last week.

    Scott Garner, Brunswick County’s fire marshal, said officials believe lightning strikes during a strong thunderstorm Thursday, July 23, sparked the two fires.

    One fire significantly damaged a home on Evangeline Drive in the Brunswick Forest community. A separate lightning strike hit the clubhouse at Waterberry Plantation in the Jackey’s Creek area.

  • Leland town, planning boards address transportation

    Leland brought its town commissioners and planning board members together July 20 for a joint meeting to address transportation issues as more development comes into the town.

    “It was held to try to get everyone on the same page,” Leland Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Each board will soon review ordinance changes that propose including a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) as part of some development planning and adjusting town requirements for connecting streets in the town developments.

  • Work starts on new medical facility for south Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — Construction of a future 20,000-square-foot medical plaza for the south end of Brunswick County has officially launched.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Novant Health facility took place Monday morning, July 27, at its future site at the corner of U.S. 17 and Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores.

    The new medical plaza will offer primary and specialty care as well as imaging services, according to Novant.

  • County commissioners hold special meeting but don’t explain why

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday night, July 28, talking for 90 minutes in closed session.

    When they finished and returned to open session, County Manager Ann Hardy announced a personnel decision was made, but said “state law doesn’t allow me to report (the decision).”

  • Questions surround reduced setbacks in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town planning board has tabled a request from developer D.R. Horton for reduced yard setbacks for an undeveloped phase in the Calabash Lakes community.

    The board decision came this past Monday, July 27, after a roomful of residents turned out to question proposed plans for 98 single-family detached dwellings in the community’s undeveloped Phase 3 section encompassing about 33 acres.