Local News

  • Wind farming draws questions

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A seminar about wind farms drew a small crowd of people to Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday.

    Brant McMullan of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center introduced speaker Jen Banks, wind project coordinator with the North Carolina Solar Center.

    “Brunswick County is ground zero regarding wind fields right off our coast,” McMullan said.

    Banks spoke about the potential and possibilities of establishing a wind farm off the North Carolina coast.

  • Suspect sought on robbery charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to re-arrest a suspect wanted in connection with a sweepstakes robbery last year in Carolina Shores.

    The suspect, Xavier Aturo Jenrette, 22, of 3032 Bird Drive, Shallotte, is sought on charges related to the Nov. 29 robbery of Winner’s World Sweepstakes, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a grand jury recently issued a true bill of indictment.

  • Cause of Calabash fire sparks investigation

    CALABASH—The cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a strip mall Monday on Carter Drive is still under investigation.

    The fire, reported after midnight Monday, gutted an eatery and three adjacent businesses.

    Calabash firefighters were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m.

  • Fire guts Calabash strip mall

    A small strip mall on Carter Drive in the heart of Calabash was gutted by quickly spreading flames early Monday.

    Firefighters were alerted to the fire at 12:20 a.m. and arrived on the scene in minutes.

    Flames were already shooting through the roof of 947 Bistro & Pub (formerly known as Nesbitt’s Bar and Grill) and spread quickly to other adjoining businesses including Head Hunter Barber Shop, Calabash Florist, and Reflections Stained Glass. 

  • Deer adopts Bolivia couple

    BOLIVIA—There are enough deer in Brunswick County that occasionally people run into them with their cars, but how often does a man run into a deer on the way to his car?

    Wayne Babson of Gilbert Road in Bolivia did while walking to his truck last Thursday around 6 a.m.

    Babson said he saw what he thought was a dog wandering around his property. Then he got an up-close look at the animal.

    “As I was getting in, I felt it touch my leg with its nose,” he said.

  • Task force could champion dredging Shallotte River

    BOLIVIA—The path to dredging the Shallotte River may be as winding as the river itself.

    County planning-board members and others took the first step Monday by requesting county commissioners form a dredging task force.

    Walter Wright, president of the Riverview Property Owners Association, spoke to the planning board at the recommendation of county commissioners Pat Sykes and Marty Cooke.

  • School officials cherry pick ideas for facility master plan needs

    BOLIVIA—Renovate or rebuild?

    That was what was on the minds of school officials at a meeting March 6.

    The Brunswick school board and staff has reached the stage in their facilities master plan discussion where gathering information turned to cherry picking the best ideas at the latest meeting with consultants KBR Building Group.

    In February, KBR made building upgrade recommendations based on interviews with 359 Brunswick County students, parents, administrators and elected officials.

  • Mystery bones on Holden Beach solved

    Unidentified remains found on Holden Beach in February have been identified.

    According to the local medical examiner at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, the bones were definitely not human, and most likely were from a spiral ham.

    Sgt. Frank Dilworth of the Holden Beach Police Department said the bones could have been a discarded dog chew toy, something a fisherman used for chum or washed away when someone used it for crabbing.

  • Leland talks signs before March 21 vote

    Leland officials gathered the town council, planning board, sign committee and local business owners for a final roundtable on non-conforming signs.

    Leland has a sign ordinance in place that allows 48-square-foot, 8-foot-tall signs in the town’s busier commercial district, zoned C2, near Village Road at U.S. 17.

    The less dense commercial area, zoned C1, allows 32-square-foot, 6-foot-tall signs.

    Shopping centers are allowed 100-square-foot, 15-foot-tall signs for multiple businesses.

  • Planning board recommends easing land restrictions along highways

    BOLIVIA—Property owners along Brunswick County highways told the planning board there are too many restrictions on their land use.

    The planning board hosted a public hearing Monday that brought dozens of property owners with land along U.S. 17, N.C. 211, U.S. I-74/76, N.C. 130, N.C. 133 and N.C. 904.

    The planning department was looking for input on its corridor development standards (CDS), additional development standards beyond the property zoning for non-residential, multi-family and mobile home parks.