Local News

  • Tropical Storm Andrea breezes up the coast

    Tropical Storm Andrea breezed up the Carolinas coast Friday, churning local waters and creating sandstorms at area beaches.

    “Blame it all on my mom,” joked 10-year-old Parker Henderson, visiting Sunset Beach midday Friday with his mom, Andrea, and sisters Kira and Kate.

    Andrea Henderson, visiting here with her family from Point Pleasant, W.Va., had been unaware of the approaching storm after their arrival here this week.

  • Storm delays last day of school

    June 7 was scheduled to be the last day of school for students, but thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea that date will now be Monday, June 10.
    Brunswick County Schools will be closed for students and school personnel Friday, June 7, according to a press release issued Thursday by schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

  • Storm spurs cancellations

    Due to the approach of Tropical Storm Andrea, Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, and the last day of school has been postponed until Monday, June 10. Brunswick County Academy’s graduation has been rescheduled as well, from Friday to 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.
    In addition, the free summer concert for Friday, June 7, in Ocean Isle Beach has been cancelled.

  • Family of Ryan Dilworth remembers son with motorcycle run

    The second  “Buckle Up for Ryan” motorcycle ride June 1 raised funds to bring distracted driving awareness into high schools.

    Ryan Chase Dilworth, 17, of Supply died April 21, 2012, in a single-car accident on Stanbury Road.

    The West Brunswick High School junior ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the centerline and flipped his SUV.

    North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said he was not wearing his seat belt.

  • Buried Treasure

    Holden Beach couldn’t have asked for a better person to discover an unexploded shell in the sand.

    Gerald Workman, who unearthed a Civil War-era Parrott shell there April 8, knows all about munitions handling.

    He spent 13 of his years in the Marines as a munitions expert and served in Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm making sure ammunition got where it was supposed to be.

    “I’ve handled most (types of) ammunition as an explosives officer,” Workman said.

  • Brunswick County schools opposes second charter school

    Brunswick County Schools officials oppose a second charter school in the county and put their concerns in writing to the state May 24.

    Roger Bacon Academy, the management company for the Charter Day School in Leland and the Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, has applied for a third charter school in Supply—South Brunswick Charter School—with the Office of Charter Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

  • Leland mayor and family offer town waterfront property

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman stepped away from her seat on town council last month for one issue that was too close to her heart.

    Bozeman recused herself from a board decision because her family has offered to donate land to the town.

    The property is at 158 S. Navassa Road in Leland on the Cape Fear River.

    “It’s where my mom lived the last 40-plus years after she remarried,” Bozeman said, adding the blended family included 15 children. Bozeman is the youngest of six siblings. Her stepfather, C.J. Dilda, had nine children.

  • New county manager shuffles departmental responsibility

    Ann Hardy has barely had time to change offices since she was hired as county manager two weeks ago, but is already making changes to the county departments.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, the board approved reorganizing several county departments, beginning with Health and Human Services.

    The Health Department and Department of Social Services boards were consolidated by the commissioners in September 2012

  • Tropical storm warning in effect

    A tropical storm warning and flood watch are in effect for Brunswick County and other portions of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

    At 8 a.m. Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Andrea was about 620 miles southwest of Wilmington as it moves up the coast toward the area, according to the National Weather Service.

    Rain and wind are expected to increase, especially Friday morning, although it is too early to provide exact wind, rain and surge forecast.

  • McIntyre denounces MSA decision

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre is strongly denouncing a decision by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to exclude Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “OMB’s decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense,” McIntyre is quoted in a press release issued Wednesday.

    “Anyone who knows our region understands that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area and not part of South Carolina,” McIntyre said.