Local News

  • Officials share plans to transform their towns

    SUPPLY — Carolina Shores, Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte representatives shared updates on projects that are transforming their towns at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Biz breakfast Nov. 8.

    Town officials, Chamber members and others gathered at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Supply where Randy Thompson welcomed the representatives from towns in District 1, the district he represents on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioner.

  • Navassa Superfund site already marketable

    NAVASSA — While there is still work to be done to prepare the Navassa Superfund site for redevelopment, town officials learned Nov. 8 they could start work on rezoning the location to insure the development they want comes there.

    Superfund site officials said they are still testing 368 soil samples and 53 monitoring wells, but a clear idea of what could be used for new development is coming into focus.

  • Annual banquet focuses on hunger and homelessness

    SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosted its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet in Shallotte to share information about poverty-related problems and their impact on Brunswick County.

    The Nov. 10 event was held as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 10-18.

    Brunswick County commissioner Mike Forte presented organizers with a resolution that was approved at the August county board meeting proclaiming Brunswick County recognizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the efforts of the BCHC.

  • Sand added to Ocean Isle Beach in spring eases erosion loss

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials received their annual update on sand monitoring at their meeting Tuesday morning.

    Adam Priest of Coastal Planning and Engineering/APTIM presented the results of beach sand monitoring for 2018, but APTIM doesn’t monitor the entire 5.5 miles of beach on the island.

    The Federal Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project performed by the Army Corps of Engineers covered 3.2 miles in the middle of the strand.

  • Oak Island mayor’s son indicted on exploitation charges

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted the son of Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure on child exploitation charges Nov. 5.


    Justin Adam Brochure, 36, of Maple Tree Drive in Leland remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where he was booked Oct. 12 on a pretrial release violation after he had been ordered not to have contact with anyone younger than 18. His $50,000 bail was reduced from $2 million bail.

  • Substance use and addiction commission meets for first time

    BOLIVIA — The newly formed Brunswick County Substance Use and Addiction Commission held its very first meeting Nov. 8 to elect officers, consider meeting dates and specify what its purpose and goals are.

    Brunswick County commissioners approved a resolution Oct. 1 to establish the commission to “address the crisis of substance addiction and advocate to improve treatment options for individuals with substance use disorder for the betterment of health and well-being of our communities.”

  • More than 57 percent of county’s voters cast ballots in general election

    While election controversies continue to play out elsewhere, Brunswick County’s election is expected to wrap up on schedule Friday.

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will certify the Nov. 6 midterm election numbers during its post-election meetings Nov. 16.

    County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said board members will meet at 9:30 a.m. that day to review about 120 absentee ballots and 746 provisional ballots.

    The four board members will meet again at 11 a.m. Friday to canvass the ballots and sign off on the results as accurate.

  • Environmentalist wraps up cross-country bike ride in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Mario Cristiani first got the idea of biking across the country to bring environmental education to others at his Silicon Valley job’s philosophy group. Cristiani, of San Jose, an employee of Varian — a radiation oncology treatments and software maker — told his fellow philosophers he was wanting to make a trip across the United States to make people aware of their impact on the environment, but wasn’t sure how to do it.

  • Sunset Beach to send out dredging letters

    SUNSET BEACH — Town Council last week approved sending out a letter about island dredging and its estimated costs to all residents.

    Approval at council’s Nov. 5 meeting came following months of discussion and debate on how to proceed when costs aren’t definite.

    Interim Town Administrator Hiram Marziano said it’s “legal to put a number, but I’m not sure you should” for reasons cited by council members. He said a potential amount could be included.

  • Town sues Carolina Shores POA for liens on lots

    The town of Carolina Shores has filed a lawsuit against the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association claiming the POA illegally placed liens on two town-owned lots.

    The action filed Oct. 16 in Brunswick County Superior Court states a lien in the amount of $395 plus costs was placed July 5 for an unpaid 2018 assessment on a town lot at 64 Carolina Shores Parkway.

    The POA filed a second lien of $6,495 on July 17 for an unpaid assessment on a town lot at 96 Persimmon Road.