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Today's News

  • SB 875 passes Senate committee in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — A controversial bill to de-annex three portions of Sunset Beach was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.

    Senate Bill 875 Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation, introduced by District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government after parties on both sides of the issue, including Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, spoke at a midday hearing in the Legislative Office Building.

  • District presents $152M bond plan to school board

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County School administrators presented their long-range plan for the proposed $152 million bond referendum to the Brunswick County Board of Education, along with the recommended project list by school.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Tuesday morning’s presentation was held so administrations could secure the school board’s approval before they forward the information to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. All school board members except Charlie Miller attended.

  • Deputies seek man reported missing from Shallotte

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find a Virginia man last seen a week ago in Shallotte.

    Arpad "Arpi" Carl Nagy
, 53, was with family about 5 p.m. May 15 at a Kinlaw Drive residence before he disappeared, according to a news release issued Saturday afternoon, May 21.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Belville sets hearing on proposed tax increase

    BELVILLE — Belville residents will have the chance to sway the town board’s decision on whether to increase taxes for fiscal year 2016-17 during a public hearing at the June 27 town meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed an $816,000 town budget with no tax increase during the May 23 town meeting. Belville’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

  • Coast Guard rescues man near Oak Island

    The Coast Guard rescued a man Saturday, May 21, after his kayak capsized near Oak Island.

    Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from the distressed 38-year-old Monroe man via his handheld VHF-marine radio at 9:38 a.m., according to a Coast Guard news release/ The man said he was fishing when his kayak overturned near Yaupon reef about 1.5 miles south of Caswell Beach.

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.

  • Holden Beach asks county to ‘co-sign’ financing

    BOLIVIA — Holden Beach is seeking Brunswick County’s help to receive financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    The town’s Central Reach beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett told county commissioners May 16 the town needs their help to start the beach renourishment project by the end of the year.

  • School bus involved in May 20 accident

    A Brunswick County Schools bus was involved in an accident Friday, May 20.

    No students were on board at the time and no injuries were reported, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

     Trooper T.D. Wheeler of the North Carolina State Highway said the school bus was turning left at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue when was it was sideswiped by another vehicle. He said neither driver was injured.    

  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.