Local News

  • Belville making connection to Brunswick River Park

    LELAND — Belville’s town board was down to only two commissioners for Monday night’s January town meeting.

    Commissioner Charles Bost’s resignation in December left the town board with a seat that won’t be filled until February and Mayor Pro Tem Donna Schardien was absent from the Jan. 27 meeting.

    Board members Joe Breault and Noreen Slattery did not come down on opposite sides of any agenda items, so Mayor Mike Allen did not have to deliver any tiebreaking votes.

  • Leland board will need second vote to push through donation bin and sidewalk rules

    Leland officials will bring two agenda items from the Jan. 16 town meeting back for a second vote in February.

    Council members approved implementing standards for donation bins and a new expectation for sidewalks in future developments, but both items received disputed votes.

    While Bob Corriston, Jon Tait and Jane Crowder voted in the changes, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman voted against each decision, requiring a second vote for final approval.

  • Volunteer resignations won't affect Brunswick Boys and Girls club operation

    Brunswick County’s Boys and Girls club program won’t feel any affects from a mass resignation of volunteer advisors in late 2013.

    Wayne Lofton, president and CEO of the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington that operates the Brunswick County club, described the advisory group that resigned as volunteers brought in to support the club and work on fundraising, who never had authority over the Brunswick County program.

  • Former Leland-based real estate developer gets 27 years in prison

     Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III has sentenced a former real estate developer from Leland to 27 years in federal prison.

    James Thomas Webb, 52, was also ordered Jan. 22 to pay a restitution fee of nearly $12 million, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

  • Shallotte honors employee for 40 years of service

     SHALLOTTE — After graduating from Shallotte High School, native Danny Roden enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge a few years later, Roden returned home and accepted a position offered to him by then-mayor Beamon Hewett.

    Roden’s employment began March 1, 1973, and the rest is history.

    Shallotte has had 10 mayors, including an interim mayor, since Roden first started working for the town.

    “I’ve almost seen it all,” Roden said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

  • OIB to notify concrete canal property owners to prepare for dredging

    Ocean Isle Beach officials will send a letter to all property owners on the town’s concrete lined canals recommending they shore up the bulkheads before dredging begins in the fall.

    The town has a $143,130 engineering contract in place to plan for dredging the 14 concrete canals from Concord Street to Lee Street but discussed at the Jan. 14 town meeting if there was a need to spend another $60,000 for daily inspections of the dredging results.

  • Committee upholds two policies for Brunswick County Schools

     The hotly contested debate surrounding “The Color Purple” and its inclusion in the Advanced Placement curriculum in Brunswick County Schools seems to have ended Jan. 21 when school board members rejected a motion to limit access to the controversial book.

    The board also initiated a conversation to set up a permanent advisory committee to handle future challenges.

    The vote took place during a policy committee meeting regarding policy review of challenges to instructional materials.

  • Leland won’t set ordinance for bee keeping in town

    Leland officials voted against adding bee hives rules to the town ordinances at the Jan. 16 town meeting.

    The board members heard from Waterford residents who oppose bee keeping in the neighborhood at the Oct. 27 meeting, then received a rebuttal from bee supporters Nov. 21.

    The town officials’ discussion on bees was postponed until new Councilman Bob Corriston was seated on the board, but Councilman Jon Tait asked in November if it would be easier to get Waterford to look at their policies rather than have the town take action.

  • Albemarle man indicted on child sex charges

     A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Stanly County man on child sex charges.

    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Albemarle, was indicted Jan. 21 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure. He was indicted for incidents alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at Fort Caswell in June 2013.

  • Shallotte Marine Supply to close after 46 years

     SHALLOTTE — Frank Causey remembers when his old store was on the other side of Main Street in Shallotte. He remembers returning home after a few years working on the dredge boat in Ocean City, Md., to sell chainsaw parts.

    He remembers the thousands of customers who walked through the doors at Shallotte Marine Supply since 1968.

    All of those memories are coming back to him as he and his wife, Lena Mae, owners of the store, prepare to close the doors of the business in March.