Local News

  • Rep. Hamilton comes over the bridge to represent Brunswick County

    Rep. Susi Hamilton won her second term in the state House in 2012, but this is her first term representing Brunswick County residents.

    Hamilton serves District 18, which used to cover part of New Hanover County. In the realigned district it now adds the north end of Brunswick County, including part of Belville, Bolivia, Town Creek, Hood Creek, Woodburn and Leland.

    Hamilton and Brunswick County representatives Rep. Frank Iler and Sen. Bill Rabon have discussed creating a bipartisan coastal caucus to support the needs of coastal residents.

  • North Brunswick recognizes JROTC seniors at military ball

    Taking advantage of opportunities will lead to success.

    That was the message retired U.S. Army Lt. General Joseph Kinzer told the senior class of the North Brunswick High School Scorpion Battalion Junior ROTC at their 41st annual military ball.

    In January 1959, Kinzer told his parents he was going to enlist in the Army instead of waiting to see if he would be drafted.

    “I told them I was the master of my own destiny,” Kinzer said.

    His three-year commitment sent him to Germany where he learned a new language.

  • Leland staff presents projects; budget goal is no new tax

    LELAND—Leland’s elected officials kept one rule in mind during their first budget meeting workshop—don’t raise taxes.

    Leland’s current tax rate is 15.15 cents per $100 of assessed value. The town operated on a $6.9 million budget in 2012-13.

    The Feb. 1 meeting was a chance for each town department to present an overview of 2012-13 and plans for the next fiscal year.

    The commissioners were happy with their progress, but there was a bottom line.

  • World War II sailor keeps his D-Day stories to himself for almost 70 years

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Like many World War II veterans, Bazil Geckler has quite a story about his experiences.

    But until he reached his 90s, he wasn’t interested in telling it.

    Geckler, soon to be 92 years old, served in World War II in underwater demolition, which took him to Normandy on D-Day where almost all of his unit, which included 56 men, were killed in the first 15 minutes once firing started.

    He and one other man survived.

  • 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. 1

    Bo McDaniel Biggs, 25, 529 Mill Creek Court, Wilmington, charged with driving while impaired.


    Feb. 2

    Larceny, trespassing; suspect took items from Dollar General on Village Road without paying.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach 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.


    Jan. 29

    Larceny; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and took a battery valued at $100.


    Jan. 31

    Larceny of a North Carolina vehicle registration sticker; suspect removed a registration sticker from a vehicle parked on Tarpon Drive.

  • A lifetime of love

    On Jan. 30, Betty and George “Dutch” Geesey of Sea Trail celebrated their 70th anniversary at the Pink Palace, a members-only clubhouse in the golfing community. About 40 close friends and family members joined in the festivities.

  • Sunset Beach to talk finances, parking land at Feb. 19 retreat

    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast and capital improvement plan are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual retreat next Tuesday.

    The work session is an annual planning retreat for the town’s governing body and staff.

    The daylong Feb. 19 retreat starts with breakfast from 8:15-8:45 a.m. for council and staff in Sea Trail Convention Center’s Herron Room.

    Town council’s retreat meeting then follows.



  • Economy deflates longtime Shallotte tire store

    Charles Elmore thought he knew just the place to take his flat tire last week.

    But when he rolled up in his limping purple Chevy SSR truck to Dykes Tire Co. on Main Street in Shallotte on Feb. 6, he got a surprise.

    The business was no longer open.

    Right after Christmas, store owners Ricky and Lisa Danford closed shop for good, attributing Dykes’ downfall to the faltering economy.

    Elmore expressed disappointment as he sat on a bench in front of Dykes, waiting as his daughter Laura called for help on her cell phone.

  • Carolina Shores: Residents urge town concern on gates, medians

    CAROLINA SHORES—Several residents have spoken out about future maintenance of town gates and medians.

    Residents spoke during a public hearing at the town commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, Feb. 7.

    Phyllis Hartley, a resident of Gate 6, said Carolina Shores should be concerned about what happens to the property.

    The Carolina Shores Property Owners Association recently indicated in a letter to the town it could no longer maintain such properties it believes are owned by the town.