Local News

  • Police arrest Leland man after struggle

    By Jackie Torok

    Managing Editor


    A 41-year-old Leland man is accused of assaulting two Leland police officers during a struggle Thursday night.

    Joseph Allan Lambert, of 1335 Randal Floyd Drive, is charged with assault on a government official, felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired, Leland Police Lt. Joseph R. Pierce said in a news release.

  • Bridge repairs cause detours in Town Creek, Leland

    The N.C. Department of Transportation planned to close two bridges in Brunswick County beginning this week, requiring months-long detours.

    NCDOT will close the Galloway Road bridge over Pinch Gut Creek for bridge preservation work. The work was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 11, but has been delayed because of utility work. It is not yet clear when the work will begin.

    The existing bridge, which was built in 1966, was identified by NCDOT as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

  • Committee formed to review sales tax distribution to towns

    Commissioners have created a committee to review sales tax distribution to the towns.

    Brunswick County distributes sales tax to the municipalities based on population. Bald Head Island representatives have proposed the county consider changing to ad valorem method or a hybrid of the two.

    County Manager Ann Hardy recommended putting together a committee to review the distribution of sales tax and present any problems that exist.

    The proposed committee would consist of:

  • Local officials discuss rip current safety measures in wake of drownings

    The rip currents that caused four deaths on Brunswick County beaches last week have local officials taking another at preventative measures to keep beachgoers safe.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Rick Cerrato began contacting officials from Brunswick County and the beach communities to organize a larger discussion of what should be done.

    Cerrato said that conversation could take place at the next Brunswick Beaches Consortium meeting, set for Aug. 16 at N.C. Baptist Assembly in Fort Caswell.

  • Rip currents blamed in four deaths on Brunswick County beaches

    Rip currents replaced thunderstorms as the main concern on Brunswick County beaches after they were blamed for four deaths within 36 hours.

    William Nicolaro, 72, of Palm Harbor, Fla., drowned at Ocean Isle Beach the morning of Wednesday, July 3. Nicolaro was the pastor and bishop of his church Holy Apostles Charismatic Church in Dunedin, Fla., reports show, and he had just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Mary Ann, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

  • Tailgate farmer’s market allowed at county complex

    A mini farmers’ market will operate at the Brunswick County government complex once a week through Thanksgiving.

    Mark Blevins, North Carolina Cooperative Extension director for Brunswick County, proposed that county commissioners allow the market at the complex every Thursday from 11 a.m. to1 p.m.

    Blevins described it as “a quick tailgate market at the corner of the walking track.” He said cooperative extension staff will supervise it.

    “Several farmers have already expressed interest,” Blevins said.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate stays under 10 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate yoyo-ed from March to May, but remained under 10 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.0 percent in May 2012, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The rate almost reached that point again in March, hitting 9.9 percent. But unemployment dropped to 8.9 percent in April. The latest statistics from NCDOC for May 2013, which were released July 2, saw Brunswick County creeping back up to 9.6 percent unemployment.

  • Sheriff’s office assumes control of 911 center after commissioners’ vote

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is overseeing the county’s 911 call center following a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Board of Commissioners on July 1.

    The central communications department includes the 911 dispatch, Viper radio maintenance and technical support.

    Until the commissioners’ action, the division had been under the supervision of Emergency Management Director Anthony Marzano. The commissioners’ vote happened after a closed session during the July 1 meeting.

  • Ovensik named Ingram Planetarium manager

    Edward Ovensik has been named new manager of Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, chose Ovensik to succeed Mark Jankowski, who has left to help with his church ministries and a new business.

    For the past few years, Ovensik has worked as education and outreach coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium. Ovensik said he worked two-and-a-half years as an employee and two-and-a-half years as a volunteer.

  • Carolina Shores discusses future election charter change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is mulling the possibility of a charter change that would evenly split town board elections.

    It isn’t something that would happen right away, however, and a referendum would likely be required.

    Town commissioners discussed the possibility at their board workshop Monday, July 1.

    The idea is to have three board seats up for renewal in one election year for the six-member board, and the other three up for renewal in the next election year two years later, Mayor Walter Goodenough said.