Today's News

  • County position on drilling expected March 19

    While Brunswick County commissioners’ stance on offshore oil and natural gas drilling is expected at their March 19 meeting, state officials have spoken against the federal plan.

    Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein submitted formal comments to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on March 9 reiterating North Carolina opposes oil and gas leasing for offshore drilling on North Carolina’s coast.

  • Shallotte riverwalk construction could begin in November

    SHALLOTTE — Construction on Shallotte’s riverwalk project could begin at the end of November.

    Shallotte aldermen approved a service agreement for the riverwalk with Paramounte Engineering for architectural design and construction, subject to review by Town Attorney Laura Thompson, during their regular meeting March 6.

    Construction could begin at the end of November following the design and permitting processes, according to the schedule provided by Paramounte.

  • Cabana rental ban kicks up Sunset Beach sand

    SUNSET BEACH —A backlash has arisen after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to ban commercial cabanas on the beach at the March 5 board meeting.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton made a motion that the town prohibit retail “sale and assembly” of cabanas on the beach by any commercial company, which was seconded by councilwoman Jan Harris.

    Benton, Harris and councilman Richard Cerrato voted in favor to councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern’s dissenting votes.

  • Harrington Village developer announces more businesses while first tenants move in

    The first mixed-use development on Village Road in Leland has added retail tenants and its first apartment resident.

    Harrington Village developer D Logan and Shirley Logan of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast announced Monday that Sandalwood Shoppes and Axis Fitness + Training will open in the spring.

    The Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

  • Brunswick County ABC store approved for move closer to Leland

    Brunswick County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board received state approval to move its U.S. 74/76 ABC store from the Brunswick-Columbus county line to the highway intersection at Maco Road, near Northwest.

    The NCABC Commission approved the store relocation request at its regular meeting March 7 in Raleigh.

    According to state ABC Investigator James Casteen’s report to the NCABC Commission, the Brunswick County ABC board requested approval to relocate the ABC Store from 5211 Andrew Jackson Highway (U.S. 74/76) to 3660 Maco Road in Leland on Jan. 24.

  • Rule change allows alligator hunting in county

    After two years of study, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted a rule for alligator hunting in an area that includes Brunswick County.

    In February 2016, the NCWRC created an alligator task force to create a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan.

    The alligator plan, approved last October, identified a 10-county area called an Alligator Management Unit (AMU) where alligator populations are larger than in the rest of the state, which could more often lead to conflicts with humans.

  • Brunswick Plantation golf resort, resort rentals sold for $2.8 million

    Brunswick Plantation golf course, its clubhouse and about 120 resort rental villas and condos have been sold for $2.8 million to Atlantic Golf Management of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Chip Smith, managing partner with the company, confirmed Monday the Feb. 28 sale from Caw Caw Land Corp., original developer of the Calabash area golf course consisting of partners Mason Anderson, Jimmy McLamb and Tripp Sloane, who built the golf course in 1990 and opened it with its original 18 holes in 1992.

  • OIB couple makes rare find on Sunset Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — What first caught the eye of Ocean Isle Beach couple Pam Parisian and Paul Howes about the object was that it looked like a rock in a place where rocks just aren’t.

    The couple was walking along on the far east end of Sunset Beach on Feb. 6 when they came up on the object that seemed out of the ordinary.

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    An Ash man died in single-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.

    Casimiro Barron, 50, was driving a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder east on N.C. 904 near S.R. 1300 shortly before 1 a.m. when he lost control of it after leaving a curve in the road, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release.

    The SUV ran off the right side of the road before flipping, hitting a tree and stopping in a yard off N.C. 904, King said.

  • OIB sets hearing on senior living site

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will let residents have their say about rezoning land for a senior living community site, approving a public hearing for the request to be held at their next meeting at 8:45 a.m. April 10.

    Coastal Vineyard Church requested rezoning the vacant lot at 5573 Beach Road SW, east of Duck Pond Road. The lot includes 10.65 acres the church requested rezoned to C-3 for the purpose of adding a 60-unit residential building for moderate-income seniors.