Today's News

  • OIB agrees to roundabout at N.C. 179 intersection

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials made the N.C. 179 roundabout official by agreeing to put $250,000 in town funds into the project.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve moving forward and using town funds, if necessary, to cover the town costs.

    “I’m going to work diligently to raise some of that money,” Mayor Debbie Smith said of searching for grants to cover the $250,000 the board agreed to pay for the project.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham was the lone board member to vote against the roundabout.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials approve budget, CIP priorities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the town’s 2015-16 budget at Tuesday’s June meeting.

    The budget increases the town tax rate to .1875 per $100 valuation for the next fiscal year.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s tax rate for 2014-15 was .155 per $100 valuation.

    The tax increase was the town’s response to the tax revaluation that decreased the town tax base by 7.21 percent or $128,320,613.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 28

    Assault on a female on Village Road.

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Ocean Gate Plaza resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash in Village Road parking lot resulting in property damage.

    Financial card transaction fraud by someone who used the victim’s credit card without authorization.

    Identity theft at Ocean Gate Plaza.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 1

    Call for service; someone who wanted to cash an IRS check called and threatened the victim.

    June 2

    Larceny; someone pushed a shopping cart with $442 worth of products out of Wal-Mart.

    Lost or stolen wallet reported by victim who could not locate the wallet, containing items valued at $180, after leaving store.

  • Leland scraps plans for use of old town hall

    LELAND — Leland officials have scrapped plans to reuse the old town hall, and the buildings may be next.

    The town administration anticipates moving into the new Leland Town Hall by August.

    For the past year, town commissioners have considered repurposing the old town hall.

    At a March 2014 town meeting, the board reviewed possible options once the staff is relocated, which included leasing the building or demolishing it. The estimated demolition cost was $30,000.

  • County unemployment continues fall

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    In April 2014, the county had a 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

    The NCDOC reported the state’s unemployment rate continued a month-to-month fall, reaching 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 in March, 5.7 in February and after a high of 5.9 percent in January.

  • Sea turtles advocates forced to relocate nests after storm causes erosion

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A month after Tropical Storm Ana swept through Brunswick County, local turtle patrols are still feeling the effects of the beach erosion it caused.

    Jim Boyce, island coordinator for Ocean Isle Beach’s Sea Turtle Protection Organization, spoke about the “devastating” effects Ana had on Ocean Isle Beach’s west end and the subsequent impact it had on sea turtles.

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 26, 27, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Tuesday, May 26

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Teacher of the Year addresses LGBT bullying issue

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Kayce Smith has publicly addressed the school board several times with concerns about bullying in the school system.

    At the June 2 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, Smith spoke about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group she feels has been “marginalized” in recent years.