Local News

  • 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.

  • Leland partners with Unity Group to expand Christmas festival and parade

    Leland and the Unity Group of North Brunswick have agreed to partner on an expanded North Carolina Christmas Festival and Parade.

    Leland Assistant Town Manager Niel Brooks updated a joint meeting of the town council and parks and recreation board April 25 about recent discussions with the Unity Group.

    “For years the town has done a tree lighting and the North Carolina Unity Group has done the parade. The town has had a desire to boost our Christmas activity but we do not control the parade. It is not our event,” he said.

  • County releases latest GenX water sample test results

    Brunswick County announced the latest results of testing for GenX in the water supply April 30.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    Results from water samples taken April 5 show raw water entering the Northwest Water Treatment Plant had GenX levels of 6.78 parts per trillion, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. The finished water was reported at 5.99 ppt.

  • New Calabash senior center nears completion

    CALABASH — Jim Fish’s vision for Brunswick County’s latest senior center in Calabash is beginning to take shape.

    The new façade is up on the former Calabash Marketplace building at 10050 Beach Drive and Gigi Smith is ready to reopen The Briar Patch Floral and Gift shop inside the building from the portable structure parked out front.