Local News

  • State park on proposed port site not attractive to commissioners

    Brunswick County officials would still rather see a state port than a state park go on property near Southport.

    The idea of a major port created from scratch in Brunswick County was born and died between 2005 and 2010.

    The Port Authority spent $10.2 million in 2006 to buy 600 acres along the Cape Fear River for the project, but the project never reached the study stage after the General Assembly rejected paying millions for a five-year feasibility study in 2010. 

  • OIB sets public hearing for roof deck limits

    Ocean Isle Beach officials set a public hearing for 8:45 a.m. at the Sept 10 meeting to address the exploitation of roof deck building rules.

    The Ocean Isle Beach planning board made a recommendation at its July 16 meeting to propose changing the town ordinance regarding the living area, floor and size limitation for a roof decks or widow’s watch.

    A roof deck or widow’s walk is described as a raised observation platform on the roof of a house and enclosed by a railing sometimes having a view of the sea.

  • County commissioners try paperless meetings

    Brunswick County commissioner ran a “paperless” board meeting Aug. 5, testing the Novusolutions agenda system for the first time.

    Instead of a paper packet, each of the commissioners, County Manager Ann Hardy, Assistant County Manager Steve Stone, Attorney Huey Marshall, Finance Officer Julie Miller, Clerk Debby Gore and Deputy Clerk Margie Stephenson followed the agenda on county-supplied iPads.

  • Brunswick pulls new tax administrator from New Hanover County

    Brunswick County commissioners approved Jeffrey Niebauer as the next Brunswick County tax administrator at their Aug. 5 meeting.

    Niebauer, the assistant tax administrator in neighboring New Hanover County, will take the oath of office at the Sept. 3 meeting.

    The current tax administrator, Ken Perry, notified the administration earlier this year that he intended to retire effective Dec. 31.

    Commissioners authorized staff to advertise the position and the replacement search began in late spring.

  • Beach representatives to talk rip currents at consortium meeting

    Rip current safety will be a topic of conversation when the Brunswick Beaches Consortium meets again.

    The BBC meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the conference center of the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

    The consortium is made up of representatives from the beachside towns, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County.

    The Baptist Assembly is at 100 Caswell Beach Road.

  • Woman who was reported missing Friday found safe

    A 28-year-old woman reported missing in Brunswick County on Friday has been found safe.

    Brunswick County deputies were looking for Niesje Maria-Nicole Estrada, who is on vacation in Carolina Shores with her family from California.

    She was last seen about 2 p.m. Friday at the Carolina Shores Resort and was found safe about 6 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Five face drug charges from sheriff’s office

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force arrested five people on drug charges in separate incidents Friday in Supply.

    Deputies arrested three Supply residents after searching a residence at 2194 Ellis Road early Friday morning, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The search followed a two-month investigation.

  • Lewis appointed to North Carolina School of Science and Math Board of Trustees

     Alan Lewis, an alderman for the town of Shallotte and former chairman of the Brunswick County planning board, has accepted an appointment to serve on the board of trustees at the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM).

    He was elected by the UNC Board of Governors to serve on the board of trustees at the NCSSM.

    “I got the call from the chancellor (of NCSSM) about a month ago,” Lewis said of his appointment. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and honor. I’m excited to serve the youth of our great state.”

  • 'Something's Fishy' at Calabash art gallery

    The Seafood Capital rightfully teems with sea art.

    Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is celebrating with “Something Fishy’s Going On,” an end-of-summer, multi-media exhibit showcasing the gallery’s array of fish and sea-life-themed work.

    Exhibit highlights include an aluminum wall sculpture, a folk-art fish bench and artist Marilyn O’Conner’s fanciful watercolors displayed in brightly hued sea-foam frames.

  • Resumes, tents on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council will review administrator resumes and revisit its shading devices ordinance at its monthly workshop next Tuesday at town hall.

    The 9 a.m. session will conclude with a closed session for council members to review resumes that have been submitted for town administrator. Current town administrator Gary Parker plans to retire by the end of January at the conclusion of his sixth year with the town.

    At last count, the town received 130 resumes in its search for a new administrator.