Today's News

  • Vandals damage Brunswick Town tomb

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    Vandals damaged a historic grave at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site less than a week after the site’s museum was burglarized.

  • Commissioners’ split vote nixes farm stand operations change

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ split vote Monday denied a change to the Unified Development Ordinance that would have allowed local temporary farm stands to operate for extended periods.

    Commissioners voted 3-2 against changing the limitations on farm stands and farmers markets.

    In the current UDO, farmers can sell their own produce on their own property without a permit, but it is difficult for farmers to have farmers markets or farm stands off of their property

  • Grill blown over by wind blamed for Sunset Beach house fire

     By Lindsay Kriz and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire attributed to a grill blown over by wind broke out Friday, July 15, and quickly spread toward adjacent houses on East Main Street and Canal Drive.

  • Brunswick Forest gated community plan approved

    LELAND — Leland council members have approved a new gated community in the town after striking down the 2014 ordinance banning them in April.

    Concerned citizens, mostly from Brunswick Forest, filled the town council room for a contentious planning board meeting March 29 and the April 21 town board meeting to argue against amending zoning ordinances that would allow Brunswick Forest to add a gated community in one of the development’s phases.

  • Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts resigns after selling house

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has announced his resignation effective in August after selling his house.

    Watts, 58, and his wife Adrienne plan to move out of Brunswick County after closing on the sale of their Sunset Beach house in late August. Watts said resigning was the next step since he will no longer be a resident of the town.

  • Two men charged in shooting death of Holden Beach woman

    Two men sought in the slaying of a Holden Beach woman in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were arrested four days after the crime.

    Nicholas Mciver, 20, and Terrell Freeman, 29, were arrested Wednesday, July 13, in Charlotte and are awaiting extradition to South Carolina each on a murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Amanda Fisher, according to a North Myrtle Beach news release. No information about a possible motive has been released.

  • County offers free hepatitis C testing

    BOLIVIA — As the number of hepatitis C-positive Brunswick County residents increases, Brunswick County Health Services knows more action needs to be taken.

  • Oak Island warns of police impostor

    The Oak Island Police Department is warning Brunswick County residents and visitors about a man who is claiming to be an off-duty police officer.

    Police Chief Greg Jordan said his office has received many complaints from people about a man who threatened them with violence during road rage incidents, telling people he’s an off-duty Oak Island police officer.

    Jordan said the man is about 5-foot-9 with red/brown hair, mustache and beard and drives a Subaru Tribeca SUV. He said none of his officers match this description.

  • ‘Mazematician’ creates sandy sensations for Sunset Beachgoers

    SUNSET BEACH — It’s morning, before the crowds arrive.

    Aaron Gutknecht surveys Sunset Beach’s pristine sands, unscathed by ocean water at low tide.

    He finally picks a spot, roughly the size of half of a football field, puts his homemade shovels to the sand and begins his work for the day as the Mazematician.

    Gutknecht, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been coming with his family to Sunset Beach for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until eight years ago he began to bring his unique talent of creating sand mazes to the area.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher resigns amid drug investigation

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium resigned.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the Brunswick County Board of Education approved the resignation of 49-year-old Kelly Higgins Hansen during the executive session of their July 12 regular meeting.

    Hansen’s resignation took effect Wednesday, July 13, the day she was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.