Local News

  • 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.

  • Prayer breakfast, chaplaincy provide support to BCSO employees, families

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted its third annual Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, with more than 50 officers and government officials attending the breakfast at Southport Baptist Church’s Christian Ministry Center.

    Sheriff John Ingram initiated the event three years ago to coincide with the National Day of Prayer.

  • Governor asks for flags to be flown at half-staff today

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 10, in honor of N.C. Senator Calvin Coolidge Murrow. Senator Murrow passed away on April 30. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, May 11, in Southport.

  • Sheriff's office seeks help with vehicle on video

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the vehicle or person in the attached photo.  This is a possible person of interest in the larceny of a tractor trailer that took place within the last two weeks from Wayne's Backhoe in Calabash. Anyone with any information should contact Detective John Holman at the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office 910-253-2777.

  • First Spring Garden Fair celebrates local produce Thursday in Bolivia

    A spring garden fair Thursday in Bolivia is designed to highlight fresh produce and its benefits.

    The Brunswick County Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program and Brunswick County Health Services will feature the fair on the side lawn of the health services building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the county government complex in Bolivia.

    WIC nutritionist Maureen Hubbard said the goal is to promote eating more fruits and vegetables.

    “We’re trying to get the community eat locally versus [store-bought],” Hubbard said.

  • Sunset Beach police officer fired

    A Sunset Beach police officer has been fired for giving conflicting information in a court case.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey terminated Sunset Beach Police Officer Jamie Clemmons’ employment with the town on May 1.

    Clemmons’ departure had to do with his testimony related to his May 11, 2012, arrest of Patricia Barbour of the Seaside community on driving while impaired charges. After discrepancies in this and four other DWI cases involving Clemmons were discovered, each was dismissed last week by District Attorney Jon David.