Local News

  • State chosen for FAA pilot drone program

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the N.C. Department of Transportation has been selected as one of only 10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drones) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative that will shape the future of drones in America.

    “We are looking forward to helping today’s winners unlock the enormous potential of drone operations, which will create new services and jobs in their local communities,” Chao said in a news release.

  • Holden Beach system development fees public hearing May 23

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the town hall public assembly at 110 Rothschild St. to hear a presentation on the study of system development fees the town could levy.

    This hearing, the study and the presentation are in accordance with NC Administrative Code 15A NCAC 18C.0409 and 15A NCAC 02T.011.

    McGill Associates will present the study results, which is posted on the town website, hbtownhall.com.

    All interested are invited to attend.

  • Carolina Shores flood maps information session set for May 21

    The town of Carolina Shores will hold a public information meeting on flood maps at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, is in the process of updating flood maps for Brunswick County, including the town of Carolina Shores.

  • School board OKs referendum project updates

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved updates May 1 to projects funded through a $152 million school bond referendum voters passed in November 2016.

    Board members first approved early work site authorization to proceed for Town Creek Middle School.

  • School board members OK personnel lists

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes after its May 1 closed session.

    Under administrative retirements, the board approved the retirement of Tina Child as assistant principal at Bolivia Elementary School, effective July 1.

  • Third person rescued from mud at park ramp since July

    Leland Fire Rescue Department personnel have pulled three people from mud at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park boat ramp since July.

    The most recent incident happened April 28 when a group of people on a boat attempted to drive up the boat ramp at and ran aground because of the mud, Fire Chief John Grimes said.

    A man jumped out to free the boat, but got stuck. Another man got out of the boat to help him and got stuck briefly, too, but was able to get back to the boat before Leland Fire Rescue personnel arrived.

  • Bolivia felon accused of selling cocaine

    A Bolivia felon is accused of selling cocaine last year.

    Rashen Georgell Bellamy, 26, of Old Ocean Highway was arrested May 3 and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and four counts of selling or delivering cocaine.

    Warrants show Bellamy sold .3 grams of cocaine Aug. 14 and sold .4 grams of cocaine Aug. 17.

    He was booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $75,000 bail May 3.

  • Roam + River bloggers traverse Brunswick County

    Stefani Jacoby and Johnny Brooks, aka bloggers Roam + River, left March 19 from the Atlanta area to visit every state they can in a 1996 refurbished Dodge Ram van.


    They’re both 25.

    They have the least amount of responsibilities.

    It’s time.

    Last week, their travels brought them to Brunswick County. Their journey together began after they met in 2011 as students at Georgia College & State University, or GCSU (“Not the University of Georgia,” they both clarify), in a dorm study room.

  • Customers discover new Leland restaurants

    LELAND — A few businesses that opened in Leland in the spring will spend the summer establishing themselves with a new customer base because they are all new to northern Brunswick County.

    Panera Bread Co. came over from Wilmington so customers don’t have to, opening at 2024 Olde Regent Way in front of the Harris Teeter shopping center.

    Manager Jeremy Spencer said the new restaurant opened March 22 “but people are still learning that we’re here.”

  • OIB officials begin flood map, ordinance approval process

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials placed the town’s new Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) flood map on the wall in the commissioners’ meeting room to show off the upgrades.

    Most of the island was redesignated AE zones, areas with flood rates substantially lower in those zones than homes in VE zones that are considered volatile flood hazard areas.