Local News

  • Mad about Mad Inlet?

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of people brought questions to a Nov. 6 public hearing about a proposal to remove an inlet hazard designation from a Sunset Beach island site previously occupied by Mad Inlet.

    Mike Lopazanski, policy and planning section chief for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, said his division is in the process of gathering public input and will be taking public comment until Dec. 12.

  • Carolina Shores approves Marlowtown Road rezoning

    CAROLINA SHORES — The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning measure that will allow more than one dwelling per lot in a section of the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, to adopt amendments to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance text and zoning map. Specifically, the change is to rezone the Marlowtown Road area from residential (R8) to manufactured home (MFHII) to allow for mobile homes.

  • Nov. 5 elections include tight races, add new people to boards

     Below are capsules of Nov. 5 election results that were not available in time for the Nov. 7 edition. Highlighted are races that were contested or where someone new was elected.



    Voters in the Belville commissioners’ race kept the status quo, or at least the status of the past two months, by re-electing Donna Schardien and voting in recently appointed commissioner Noreen Slattery.

    The race only had two candidates on the ballot as Schardien and Tony Huskey filed to run during the filing period.

  • Shallotte to issue grants to beautify businesses

     Shallotte business owners may be eligible for a reimbursement grant of monies used to enhance and beautify their existing business.

    The town is offering mini-grants to business owners willing to invest in dressing up their businesses and helping to beautify Shallotte.

    “Shallotte has basically an asphalt downtown. We don’t have a lot of green space,” said Mayor Sara McCullough. “We’re trying to get everybody on the same page to dress up our downtown area.”

  • Brunswick County’s test scores dip in 2012-13

     Test scores in Brunswick County schools saw a considerable dip because of increased standards across North Carolina.

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) released results Friday, Nov. 8, that show a drop statewide in performance on the new Common Core assessments, which students took for the first time last school year.

    The annual exams were changed for 2012-13 testing cycle to match the Common Core curriculum.

    School district leaders in Brunswick County say those changes historically cause a decrease in scores.

  • Leland police officer resigns after incident in Navassa

     A Leland Police Department sergeant resigned last week after berating a Navassa officer for making a stop just inside the Leland city limits.

    On Oct. 27, a Navassa police officer made a traffic stop on South Navassa Road, just inside Leland’s town line, when Sgt. Anthony Nathan and two other Leland police officers responded to provide backup.

  • Tempers flare at board meeting over ‘The Color Purple’

     Brunswick County’s Board of Education monthly meeting Nov. 5 became heated as community members shared their opinions on “The Color Purple.”

    Board member Catherine Cooke expressed concern with the book’s content to the media and shared her desires to remove Alice Walker’s novel from the Advanced Placement English reading list for 11th-grade students.

  • Brunswick County teachers thank board, ask for help

     When members of the Brunswick County Board of Education looked into the audience Nov. 5, they saw a sea of red.

    The voice of Brunswick County teachers was heard loud and clear as more than 100 educators within the county system wore red in support of public education.

    The display, organized by the district’s Teacher of the Year Karen Walker, was their expression of ongoing displeasure with the direction of education in the Tar Heel State.

  • Two charged in Bolivia break-in, firearm theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested a Bolivia couple in a Nov. 4 break-in.

    Jamie Ann Rivenbark, 34, and Jeffrey Wayne James, 40, both of Clemmons Road, are charged with larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, according to a sheriff's office news release.

    They were arrested Monday night and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility each on $10,000 bail.

  • Two sought for Bolivia break-in, theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for two in connection with breaking and entering in the Bolivia area.

    Jamie Ann Rivenbark, 34, and Jeffrey James, 40, both of Clemmons Rd., Bolivia are charged with larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering for an incident that occurred on Nov. 4 at a home in Bolivia.