Today's News

  • Leland looks at 20-cent tax rate to add police officers

    LELAND — Leland’s town council received an update on budget preparations April 5, with staff making cuts in several areas while adding costs for the fire department.

    In December 2016, Leland ended its contract for services with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department with the intent to either acquire the LVFRD as the town fire department or create a town fire department separate from LVFRD.

  • Rap concert denied twice

    A Rick Ross rap concert touted the past two weeks did not go off as planned April 7 because the event didn’t receive permit approval from Brunswick County.

    Concert promoter Alonza Mitchell failed to provide information required to complete the permit application process, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Concert promotions begun in March originally announced the show would take place April 7 at Navassa Park.

  • New ladder truck finalized for OIB fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After two years of planning, Ocean Isle Beach is finalizing the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho sought a grant for a ladder truck since 2015 but after applications were denied over several grant cycles, the town decided to move forward with financing the replacement truck.

    The fire department bought its first used aerial truck, which had been in service since 1972, in the early 1990s and then replaced it with a 70-foot ladder truck in 1995, which is still in service with the town.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center needs community’s help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now front-page news. Many who pooh-poohed the whole addiction thing are now dealing with loved ones in the throes of a slow death.

    We all have someone in our family or close by who is in the battle of their lives.

    When you are on drugs, that’s all you think about.

    You certainly don’t spend time checking on the purity or quality of what you are about to snort or inject.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections and we passed school calendar bills I opposed.

    Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time. For example, the House Transportation Committee on April 4 handled seven bills.

  • We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

    There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out.

  • Council should try to preserve natural beauty of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    In response to Sunset Beach Town Councilman Peter Larkin’s comments to “muzzle” the Environmental Resources Committee (ERC), the committee is working on the issue of dredging in the tidal marsh on the east end of the island and the canals on the mainland.

    It should be noted Larkin is one of three council members who were appointed by the council instead of being elected by Sunset Beach residents. That is two too many appointees. There should have been an election.

  • Developer should go to court, not Rabon

    Sunset Beach annexed property where Sunset Creek Commons was built, on the town’s mainland, nine years ago at its owners’ request.

    Now its current developer, Holly Smith, wants it back out of the town because of what she claims are exorbitant inspection fees.

    Instead of taking the matter to court, as most people would have to do, Smith has called upon Sen. Bill Rabon — again — to make it happen.

  • Winnabow woman dies in head-on crash

    A Winnabow woman died last week in a head-on collision on N.C. 87.

    Elizabeth Jordan Cain, 59, died about 5:30 p.m. April 4 after her 2012 Nissan Altima crossed the center line and collided with a cement truck driven by David Lee Shaw, who survived, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

    Funeral services for Cain were Saturday, April 8, at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Winnabow

  • Sunset Beach approves tweaks in personnel policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council has approved changes in the town personnel policy that give council input in the process for hiring department heads.

    Changes were proposed and outlined by councilwoman Carol Scott at council’s April 3 meeting.

    “I can understand not wanting to tie (Town Administrator Susan Parker’s) hands, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second set of eyes on resumes and applicants,” Scott said.