Local News

  • County accelerates courthouse parking lot construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved accelerating construction of a parking lot across Government Center Drive from the courthouse to replace parking that will be lost in the upcoming courthouse expansion.

    Engineering director William Pinnix told commissioners May 7 the courthouse renovation design has begun but it will take about a year for construction to begin.

    He proposed in the meantime the board approve building a new courthouse parking lot that will be open when courthouse staff members lose their parking spaces.

  • Jinks Creek dredged up again in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek continues to be a hot water topic, taking up more than half of town council’s nearly three-hour meeting Monday night.

    Council’s hour-long discussion and debate during a presentation by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol was followed by comments from many affected residents from the area who spoke in favor of dredging to enable better boat navigation as well as to enhance their property values and amenities for visitors.

  • Carolina Shores set for new budget, neutral tax

    CAROLINA SHORES — Commissioners are poised for a first reading and public hearing Thursday of the town’s proposed $2.3 million fiscal 2018-19 budget calling for a neutral tax rate.

    At their monthly workshop Monday, board members and Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall combed through revenue and expenditure numbers for the proposed balanced $2,321,787 budget that takes effect July 1.

  • Brunswick Arts Council brings back 4x4 Mini Masterpiece Gala

    After a seven-year hiatus, the Brunswick Arts Council reactivates its 4x4 Mini Masterpiece Gala showcasing art, dance, music, cuisine and auctions.

    Festivities for this black-tie-optional event take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Only 250 tickets, priced at $80 each, will be sold for this event in quantities from one to 10.

  • Hands Across the Sand at Brunswick County beaches May 19

    Those concerned about the potential impacts offshore drilling might have on the East Coast are organizing Hands Across the Sand events at every Brunswick County beach.

    At noon EST May 19, people will join hands for 15 minutes on beaches and parks around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our coasts from oil and gas development. These events are particularly timely given current federal plans to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic coast.

  • Coastal reserve site committees to meet

    Local advisory committees for eight coastal reserves, including two in Brunswick County, will meet this month.

    The Bird Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. May 22 at Sunset Beach Town Hall, 700 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    The Bald Head Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. May 23 at the Bald Head Island Conservancy Auditorium, 700 Federal Road on Bald Head Island.

    All meetings are open to the public.

  • Leland man accused of raping child nearly a decade ago

    A Leland man is accused of raping a child nearly 10 years ago.

    Curtis Steven Pryor, 59, of Cottonwood Trail was arrested May 1 and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense with a child.

    Warrants show Pryor committed the crimes against a child younger than 13 between June 1 and July 2, 2008.

  • Former law enforcement officer faces drug, embezzlement charges

    A former law enforcement officer faces drug and embezzlement charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested 42-year-old John Blasingame, of Amber Pines Drive in Leland, after a traffic stop on Chappell Loop Road in Leland on Thursday night, May 4.

  • Carter named to state Environmental Justice and Equity Board

    Veronica Carter of Leland was named to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board during a May 2 ceremony in the agency’s Green Square Lobby.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Park expansion under way

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Expansion of Brunswick County’s Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road SW will limit the public to a playground and tennis courts for nearly a year.

    The notice to proceed was delivered April 2 to Carmichael Construction Co. of Southport after county staff finalized a 360-day contract for the project, county parks and recreation director Aaron Perkins said.