Local News

  • Teacher charged with animal cruelty found not guilty

    The South Brunswick High School teacher accused of starving hens and turkeys was cleared of all charges in district court Sept. 17.

    Beke Musser Lindsay, 61, of Willettes Road in Southport, was arrested July 25 by animal protective services deputies and charged with three counts of cruelty to animals.

    After a trial by judge that lasted about two hours, Judge Jerry Jolly found Lindsay not guilty on all three counts.

    Lindsay has taught agriculture in the career-technical education program at South Brunswick High School since Sept. 14, 2009.

  • Committee starts sales tax distribution review

    The first review of sales tax distribution in Brunswick County since 1989 drew a lot of interest in the middle of the day Sept. 18.

    The first meeting of the sales tax distribution committee was mostly an organizational exercise, but the numbers presented showed what’s at stake for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities if a change is made to the distribution process.

    The committee members designated Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith as their chairwoman. They also decided their next meeting will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.


  • Delayed Midway Road bridge work offers businesses best worst-case scenario

    Two delays of a bridge replacement on Midway Road saved Greenlands Farm Store’s spring and summer seasons, but the owners still dread being cut off from their customers.

    The bridge being replaced crosses River Swamp and Hog Branch on Midway Road about four miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

    Heather Burkert and her husband, Henry, own Greenlands Farm Store, which is on Midway Road about 1.5 miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

  • Grants provide Brunswick County a new business creation program

    LELAND — A newly established business incubator based at the Brunswick Community College campus in Leland already has its first tenant.

    During the announcement about the incubator Monday, Sept. 16, Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw introduced Scott Crump, owner of Arcade MFG, a surf accessories manufacturer who is starting a new business to manufacture surfboard fins called rtmlite USA.

    Crump and his wife Tia, relocated to the area to open the new business with local businessmen Matt and Todd Martin.

  • Parks and rec volunteer policy revisions approved

    Volunteer coaches in Brunswick County’s parks and recreation programs will have to meet new background check standards approved by county commissioners Monday, Sept. 16.

    The county board held off enacting the policy revision at its Aug. 19 meeting to avoid losing coaches whose seasons had already begun to the policy changes. Football and cheerleading practices began at the start of August.

  • Two Brunswick County industry sites certified to draw business

    New industry isn’t on the way to Brunswick County yet, but two companies are bringing attention to the area.

    CSX Transportation and Duke Power each announced last week they are promoting Brunswick County industrial sites.

    Clark Robertson, assistant vice president of regional development for CSX, announced a 1,100-acre industrial site about a mile from the Brunswick-Columbus County line earned the CSX Select Site designation.

  • Brunswick residents filling background of local film and TV productions

    While lots of Brunswick County residents commute to Wilmington for work, the town’s rise as Hollywood East has some locals heading over to play small roles in it as background extras.

    Mary-Jo Jackson of Leland found the extra work makes a fun part-time job when she’s not being a full-time wife and mother.

    Jackson has been an actress for 30 years, studying at Coastal Carolina University, East Carolina University and John Casablancas Modeling Agency, but she settled down to raise her children with her husband, Lee, a computer analyst with AT&T.

  • OIB creates new town logo

    With summer almost over, Ocean Isle Beach is planning for next season.

    Mayor Debbie Smith presented a new town logo at the Sept. 10 town meeting as well as proposed ideas for new souvenirs for visitors.

    The new logo is being worked into circulation in the town — on letterhead and promotional materials.

    “We’re in the process of changing as we reorder (materials),” Smith said Tuesday.

    Smith passed around design ideas for new OIB T-shirts and postcards at the meeting.

  • Wi-Fi offered at Shallotte Park

    Shallotte Park is no longer just a hot spot for recreation.

    Brunswick County has added wireless Internet to the park. No password is required to access the Internet, just a click on the county’s terms of service agreement.

    Parks and Recreation director Jim Pryor said the Wi-Fi has been up and running for about three weeks.

    He said the project came about after the department received comments about how nice it would be to have Internet access there, especially during tournaments.

  • Backpack program continues to feed kids on the weekends

    Two years ago, WINGS Ministry organizer Missy Settlemyre learned there are children in the county who don’t get anything to eat from the time they leave school Friday afternoon until they return Monday morning.

    Settlemyer said North Carolina is 10th worst in the U.S. for providing food and security to children. So, through her community outreach program, she created Backpack Full of Blessings to feed children on the weekends the way school breakfast and lunch programs do during the week.