Local News

  • Challenge academy blazes trails for Belville Riverwalk

    BELVILLE — The first inroads into creating the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville were made by a visiting community service group Saturday, April 26.

    Belville Public Works Technician Pat Walsh updated the town board on trail-clearing efforts made by members of the Tarheel Challenge Academy.

    Tarheel Challenge Academy, based in Robeson County, runs a 22-week community service program for at-risk teens that puts them 15- to 19-years-old on a path to achieving their GED.

    Part of the program is community service projects like land clearing.

  • Exposed piling closes observation deck at Brunswick River Park

    BELVILLE — Belville officials are looking for a way to reopen the observation deck at Brunswick River Park in time for the town Founder’s Day on May 10.

    Just two months after the park switched owners, from Brunswick County to the town, the observation deck was shut down because of erosion that completely exposed one of the pilings.

    Brunswick County officials voted in January to turn over Brunswick River Park to the town of Belville at its request as part of the town’s Riverwalk site proposal.

  • Coast towns thank McIntyre for 18 years of support

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Officials from local beach towns showed Congressman Mike McIntyre their appreciation for his 18 years of work for Brunswick County’s coast.

    McIntyre, who served North Carolina’s 7th District over nine consecutive terms, announced in January he will retire at the end of this congressional term.

  • Man injured in Little River, S.C., shooting

     Members of the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department are looking for two people wanted on an attempted murder charge that involved in a shooting that took place just before 1 p.m. Monday, April 28, at a Little River convenience store.

    Alvin Diontre Johnson, 20, and Joshua Lamarcus Livingston, 19, are wanted on attempted murder charges, Lt. Robert Kegler said.

    Johnson is a 5-foot-6 black man weighing about 150 pounds. Livingston is described as a 5-foot-6 black man weighing 150 pounds.

  • New charter school will be located between Shallotte, Southport

     A Roger Bacon Academy charter school that was approved in January will be located at an interim site between Supply and Southport when its doors open in August.

    During its first year of existence, South Brunswick Charter School will be at 4128 Vanessa Drive in Southport, near the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, Roger Bacon Academy spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said.

  • Beacon founder Stanley dies at 81

     Robert B. Stanley, who founded The Brunswick Beacon in 1962, died Friday, April 25.

    Stanley, whose funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 28, at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel, grew up in Shallotte and wasted little time leaving indelible marks on the Brunswick County community.

    Through his efforts, the first issue of The Brunswick Beacon, which was then printed as The Shallotte Press, has a publication date of Nov. 1, 1962.

  • Checkpoint on U.S. 17 nets 83 citations

     SUPPLY — When 1st Sgt. Jeremiah King studies figures the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office compiles when studying trends for driving while impaired arrests, he notes locations where arrests are more prevalent.

    That’s how he and other sheriff’s deputies decide prime locations for holding a DWI checking station.

    The most recent checking stations were at four locations along U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 on Friday, April 25.

    The checkpoint resulted in nine DWI arrests and 83 citations.

  • David, Smithwick square off in race for District Attorney

     BOLIVIA — After being defeated in 2006 in his initial bid for District Attorney, Jon David was elected to the position in 2010.

    Four years later, David is trying to stave off opposition from Shallotte lawyer Ryan Smithwick in the Republican primary election Tuesday, May 6, to remain at the helm of the 13th District, which covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    David, a prosecutor for 18 years, said there is no substitute for experience, which makes him a clear-cut favorite in the election.

  • Judge deciding SeaScape litigation

    BOLIVIA — A judge is deciding a legal dispute between residents of SeaScape and the SeaScape Property Owners Association following a hearing that took place Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29, at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge David Lee of Union County presided over the two-day hearing to address attorneys’ pleas on both sides.

    Attorneys for about 360 SeaScape property owners calling themselves Restore SeaScape have filed a number of motions on the group’s behalf in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Town halts dirt dumping in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town staff last week put a stop to the transport of dirt off town park property after it was determined the proper permits for the work had not been secured.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker said the town placed a stop order on removal of dirt fill from the park site on the mainland to Riverside Drive on the island on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23, for two reasons.