Today's News

  • NCDOT to host meeting May 21 on proposed OIB roundabout

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to address improvements to the existing N.C. 904/N.C. 179/Ocean Isle Beach Road intersection in Ocean Isle Beach, where a roundabout is proposed, on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    This public meeting will be in an open house format without a formal presentation at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, at 3 W. Third St.

  • Four rescued from ocean in Sunset Beach

    Three adults and a child were rescued from the ocean Sunday, May 17, after getting caught in strong currents at Sunset Beach.

    Around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, May 17, town beach patrol was alerted about a child in distress in the water about 100 yards from the shore east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    Three adults went into the water to assist the child, who was brought safely back to shore by one of the adults.

  • UNCW brings radar to examine Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park

    BELVILLE — Researchers from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington tested out their newest technology to examine the history in Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology and Drs. Scott Nooner and Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology brought a ground penetrating radar (GPR) to the park to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.

  • Sunset Beach focuses on park work, costs

    SUNSET BEACH — To date, $687,246 has been spent on the new Sunset Beach Town Park from a total budgeted amount of $961,000.

    The total includes anticipated revenues of $418,000 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) money and $4,980 in Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grants, plus $538,020 in appropriated fund balance.

    Those were some of the numbers outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, May 19.

  • Residents and families enjoy ‘senior’ prom

    BOLIVIA — Seniors at Universal Health Care had May 16 circled on their calendars since the start of 2015.

    Once a year, the front of the assisted living facility off Old Ocean Highway is decorated for the facility’s annual prom.

    This year, 12 tables were set up under the canopy out front with balloons tied to tables and chairs. Another table accommodated a DJ who had her laptop ready to play all of the requests she received from residents and patients.

  • Sunset Beach issues alert about IRS tax scam

    The town of Sunset Beach has issued a notice to residents about an IRS tax scam.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said her department recently received several complaints about bogus phone calls. The callers identify themselves as agents from the Internal Revenue Service who tell the person answering the telephone they are being sued by the IRS.

    Joyner said the callers have been very persistent, urging call recipients to wire money.

  • DENR recommends no more emissions tests

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is recommending the state eliminate vehicular emissions testing in more than two dozen counties, including Brunswick County, in 2016.

    Emissions tests are required in 48 counties for most cars and lightweight trucks at a cost of $16.40 each.

    Citing improved air quality, DENR secretary Donald R. van der Vaart said last month eliminating testing can be done without harming air quality or violating federal standards.

  • Shallotte man arrested on drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested a Shallotte man who faces several drug charges.

    Joe Junior Bell, 34, of Hale Swamp Road, is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking MDMA, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, manufacture, sell or deliver MDMA, maintaining a dwelling house used for keeping and selling heroin and MDMA, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Oak Island man dies in N.C. 211 collision

    A third person has died since the beginning of May in a crash on N.C. 211.

    The latest fatality occurred about 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, near the RiverSea development, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Mark Gore said.

    The driver of a mid-size hatchback, 31-year-old Kenneth Paul Minnillo of Oak Island, crossed the center line, struck a concrete utility pole and died at the scene, Gore said.

  • Three charged with killing Leland mother of two

    Three people are accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old Leland woman who was reported missing more than two weeks ago.

    Detectives arrested 31-year-old Michael Jesse Williams of Whiteville and 18-year-old Kayla Turner of Leland and charged each with murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Alicia Marie Deans, a mother of two who was reported missing April 28, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher wrote in a Friday, May 15, news release.