Today's News

  • OIB approves 2016-17 budget with no tax or fee increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials approved on the 2016-17 town budget following a public hearing Wednesday, June 29.

    “The key here is no tax increase, no increase in water and sewer fees,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said. “That shows fiscal responsibility and restraint.”

    No comments were made during the budget public hearing.

    The town board voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the budget, which Town Administrator Daisy Ivey first presented to commissioners at the June 14 regular town meeting.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in May, down from 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.6 percent. The unemployment rate from May 2015 was 7.1 percent.

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

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in May from 5 percent in April.

  • World War II letters share OIB veteran’s thoughts during the war

    A World War II veteran’s letters, one written in the hours leading up to D-Day and another from July 4, 1944, provide a window into a soldier’s mindset during the war.

    Dr. Bazil Geckler Jr. lived in Ocean Isle Beach, until his death at 93 on Nov. 23, 2014.

    Jencie Varnam, the caregiver for the Bazil and Louise Tripp Geckler from 2004-2014, is the executor of his estate who found the letters while clearing a home Geckler owned in his home state of Illinois.

  • Leland man arrested twice in three days on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested the same Leland man on drug charges twice in three days last week.

  • Agency offers tips to protect health in extreme heat

    Following the heat advisory for eastern North Carolina issued by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

  • Two Supply men arrested in thefts of motors, boats

    Two Supply men were arrested last week in a series of thefts in Brunswick County where motors and boats were stolen

    Christopher Wayne Jeffries, 35, of Varnamtown Road was arrested Wednesday, June 29, and John Curtis Smith, 29, of Weeping Oak Road was arrested Thursday, June 30. Both have been charged with three counts of felony larceny, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and three counts of felony larceny.

  • OIB police seek person of interest in cooler thefts

    Ocean Isle Beach police are looking for a person of interest in the thefts of Yeti coolers from local residents.

    Several Yeti Coolers were stolen July 2-5 from trucks, boats and houses in Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible. Flax said a white man committed the thefts at night and early in the morning.

  • Brunswick Coalition releases survey, assessment data

    In Brunswick County, overdoses over the past year were mainly a result of misuse of prescription drugs.

    This was the information gathered from the executive summary of Needs Assessment data gathered by the Brunswick County Coalition over the span of a year. And it was this information that was given to coalition members during its most recent meeting last month.

  • Wave Transit plans community forum July 13 in Leland

    Wave Transit has planned a number of community forums to help get the word out about new transportation programs for people 65 and older and those with disabilities.

    The next forum will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Leland Town Hall.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant on July 13

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, near Southport, will be tested Wednesday, July 13, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.

    This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.