Local News

  • Deputies to speak at Calabash meeting

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are scheduled to speak at the Calabash town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. May 14 at Calabash Town Hall on Persimmon Road.

    Deputies will be on hand to answer questions from citizens about law enforcement in the town.

  • Beach Boys tickets catching fast wave

    Tickets are selling briskly for The Beach Boys' upcoming debut concert in Brunswick County.

    Tickets for the Aug. 29 concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College went on sale Monday.

    Auditorium manager Mike Sapp said Tuesday there were only about six remaining VIP tickets, but otherwise still plenty of really good tickets available for the upcoming performance featuring Beach Boys veterans Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

    Sapp is anticipating a concert sell-out and advises buying tickets now.

  • Former D.A. to face trial in August

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore’s trial date was set for Aug. 19 in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday.

    Gore was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, on one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

    Elizabeth Carlisle, administrative assistant to current D.A. John David, said the Attorney General’s office is handling the prosecution of Gore and requested a special session for the trial.

    That trial is expected to take place in Brunswick County unless a motion to change the venue is filed, she said.

  • Movies and concerts headline Leland summer entertainment

    LELAND—The entertainment has begun in Leland’s Municipal Park.

    The Concerts in the Park series begins Thursday, May 30.

    The town’s Movies in the Park series began in April, and the family-friendly movies are shown every other Saturday through June.

    “Movies were one of the first things the town did,” parks and recreation director Niel Brooks said, adding they started before he joined the town in 2007.

  • County eliminates extra corridor development standards

    Business development won out over corridor development at Monday’s Brunswick County Commissioners’ meeting.

    Two-dozen property owners of land along U.S. 17, N.C. 211, U.S. 74/76, N.C. 130, N.C. 133 and N.C. 904 attended the May meeting in hopes board members would strip away corridor-development standards.

    They are additional development standards beyond basic property zoning for non-residential, multi-family and mobile-home parks that were part of Brunswick County’s Unified Development Ordinance.

  • Commissioners make Hardy interim county manager, select firm for job search

    Brunswick County commissioners elevated Ann Hardy from special assistant to the county manager to interim county manager at the start of Monday night’s county meeting.

    Then Hardy set in motion the plan to search for a new permanent manager.

    After former county manager Marty Lawing accepted an offer to take the same role with Guilford County March 22, commissioners voted for the special designation for Hardy, the county finance director, March 27.

  • Public restroom on OIB town board agenda

    Ocean Isle Beach officials will discuss placing a second public bathroom on the island at the May 14 town board meeting.

    Ocean Island Beach currently provides public restrooms at one location on the beach, the community center.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said the board will consider locations for a second bathroom on Shallotte Boulevard on the east end of the island, next to the museum and playground in the center of the island and on Driftwood near the water tank on the west end.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes police arrest two in prostitution investigation

    Two Brunswick County men were arrested Monday in Boiling Spring Lakes on charges related to a prostitution investigation that began in November 2012.

    Kyle Bradley Wolf, 20, 1911 Robin Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, and Shawn Christopher Conley, 20, North Twin Lakes Drive, Southport, were both charged with two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported.

    Wolf and Conley are being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Shirley said Wolf was arrested Saturday.

  • Brunswick’s secondary schools will open early on staggered start schedule

    Middle and high school students will have to set their alarms an hour earlier next school year.

    Brunswick County School board members voted 3-2 at their meeting Tuesday night to send secondary students, grades 6-12, to school before elementary students when the school system returns to a staggered start schedule in the fall.

  • Building materials make house affordable

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Housing Opportunity wants to make other homeowners jealous.

    The BHO hosted an open house Friday of the first home built in Brunswick County with USDA rural development funding and touted the building practices—hurricane-proof walls, extra long-life roofing and solar panels to cut power costs—that will make the affordable housing attractive in the communities.