Local News

  • Retirement party Saturday for St. Brendan's Kathy Doyle

    For nearly 13 years, Kathy Doyle has been a vivid presence at St. Brendan Catholic Church, overseeing social ministries for the largest church in Brunswick County and its diocese.

    That will soon change now that Doyle has announced her retirement.

    A party in her honor is planned for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Brendan Hall at the church tucked between the Harley dealership and Brunswick Funeral Service on U.S. 17.

  • Town Creek Elementary dedicates Peace Pole to promote safety at school

    WINNABOW—Town Creek Elementary students have pledged to make their school safer, and kinder.

    Stella Tucker, parent and community involvement coordinator at Town Creek, said during the current school year students are participating in the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee’s Project: Do Something, which encourages activities in keeping with the philosophies and principles of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Leland rolls out new logo

    LELAND—To present a new image of Leland, officials have unveiled a new town logo.

    Leland has used its town seal as its main symbol, but town manager David Hollis was interested in rebranding with a new logo—one that represents the things that make Leland an appealing place to visit or to live.

    The logo was originally created in 2009 by Southern Sign Co. in Wilmington for the then relatively new Parks and Recreation Department, which the town formed in 2008.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Feb. 11

    Misdemeanor larceny; a chainsaw valued at $800 was taken from a business on Towne Lake Drive.


    Feb. 14

    Ashley Hutchins, 28, 139 Westover Drive, arrested on an outstanding warrant.

  • School board will award county’s teacher of the year $2,000

    The Brunswick Board of Education has added a $2,000 performance bonus to the Teacher of the Year award.

    But they expect more than a thank you in return.

    School board member John Thompson proposed the monetary award after witnessing the past two Teacher of the Year recipients, Melissa Warren in 2011 and Laura Hunter in 2012, work tirelessly to represent their fellow teachers, often attending as many meetings as he does as an elected official.

  • School system finding funds for elementary SROs this year and next

    School board members have finalized funding School Resource Officers (SROs) in Brunswick County Elementary Schools through the end of the year.

    Just in time to begin budget planning to keep them there next year.

    The board of education has approved the use of $245,838 from the fund balance to pay for deputies for the rest of the school year.

    On Feb. 5 the board voted unanimously to update the county’s agreement with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Commissioners add code enforcement officer

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners are a week away from hearing the results of a salary study that’s been in the works for the past six months.

    But at Monday’s county meeting, they decided one position couldn’t wait another day.

    County manager Marty Lawing reported that due to recent economic conditions, the code enforcement office staff has dwindled from a one-time high of three officers, one administrator and an assistant to only one officer and an administrator.

  • Commissioners support drug treatment grant as long as county doesn’t cover cost

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners showed Monday they are willing to support Brunswick County treatment court, as long as it can support itself.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis came to the commissioners’ meeting to ask for their support for a grant.

    Lewis and Dr. Carrie Menke intend to submit a grant application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding of the Adult Drug Court.

    Lewis runs treatment courts for drug, mental health and alcohol treatment programs.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church celebrates Black History Month

    Look for a multimedia presentation including interviews, music and more online at http://youtu.be/RWpqUPvaDiM

    Ladies wore fancy hats, ushers were clad in white, and the choir was in colorful African garb in celebration of Black History Month.

    It was a typical Sunday morning in February at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on U.S. 17 near Calabash.

    In the midst of morning singing and prayers, church pastor Douglas Moss emerged at the pulpit to launch the day’s announcements and message:

  • Sunset Beach Town Council talks finance, future at daylong retreat

    SUNSET BEACH—The town’s five-year financial forecast and capital improvement plan were among agenda items outlined at town council’s annual retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker kicked off the daylong session at Sea Trail by reviewing projected numbers with the town board and staff.

    Parker cited a “steadily decreasing fund balance” through fiscal year 2014-15, after which it goes up. He said that was planned because of capital improvement projects that are under way and completed.