Local News

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • Sunset Beach work session March 17

    Discussion about beach patrol operations is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly work session Tuesday, March 17.

    The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the town hall conference room.

    Other agenda items up for discussion include the town budget calendar and adoption, a board of adjustment term expiration appointment, planning board membership structure and a Sunset at Sunset staff member assignment.

  • Fish and Wildlife kills county utilities for Sunset Beach project

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    A threat to federal funding has spurred Brunswick County commissioners to rescind a plan to extend water and sewer to a proposed oceanfront development in Sunset Beach.

    At their Feb. 16 meeting, board members revoked a policy to expand utility lines to Sunset Beach West, a controversial 21-lot subdivision developer Sammy Varnam plans to build beyond Mad Inlet at the west end of the Sunset Beach island.

    Varnam said this week he will continue with plans to build Sunset Beach West and have it be self-sustaining.

  • Residents voice concerns about Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ten of 14 people who spoke at a March 3 public hearing expressed concerns about proposed plans to have a terminal groin installed at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement (EIS), the town of Ocean Isle Beach is seeking state and federal permits to allow for the proposed shoreline protection project to help mitigate chronic erosion on the eastern portion of the town’s oceanfront shoreline tying into Shallotte Inlet.

  • Citizens question Sunset Beach appearance requirements

    SUNSET BEACH — Landscaping, or the lack thereof, is creating a problem along 27th Street.

    Sunset Beach resident Jan Harris, speaking at a town planning board meeting last Thursday, March 6, urged the board to take a closer look at language in the town unified development ordinance.

    Harris also distributed photographs of the condos on the island street.

  • Carolina Shores budget retreat is Friday the 13th

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for its annual retreat.

    The once-a-year daylong budgetary planning session starts at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13, in town commissioners’ chambers in Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Announcement of the upcoming retreat came at commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, March 5.

    Commissioners will begin preliminary steps toward mapping out and planning the town budget for fiscal 2015-16.

  • Two men accused of sexually assaulting children

    Two Brunswick County accused of sexually assaulting children in separate cases were arrested Thursday, March 5.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 19-year-old Shimon Curtis Hales, of T Street, and charged him with three counts of statutory rape, three counts of sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

    The incidents, which involve a girl younger than 14 and a girl younger than 16, occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5, warrants show.

  • Sunshine Week open house March 16 in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores will have an open house to coincide with Sunshine Week.

    The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 16, at Carolina Shores Town Hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

    One the event agenda is an educational program followed by an open-house tour of town facilities.

  • Warren named interim director of administrative courts office

    Brunswick County District Court Judge Marion Warren has been named interim director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

    Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Warren to the post Friday, March 6.

    Warren will begin duties effective upon the retirement of current director Judge John W. Smith on May 1, according to an Administrative Office of the Courts news release.