Local News

  • 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.

  • Service organizations prioritize mass transit needs

    BOLIVIA— If Brunswick County ever offers mass transit, it will start with learning what are the transportation needs.

    On Feb. 6, the Cape Fear Council of Governments brought several interested organizations together to find that out.

  • Leland Police report

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


    Jan. 21

    Arthur Burton Lea Jr., 59, 334 Sea Breeze Blvd., Wilmington, one count of misdemeanor driving while impaired.

    Injury to real property, injury to personal property; suspect caused $400 damage to a vehicle bumper and $100 damage to a mailbox on Ricefield Branch Street.


    Jan. 24

  • Brunswick school board hears facilities master plan suggestions

    BOLIVIA—School board members and school staff have received an overview of the system’s facilities master plan survey.

    A consulting group has been collecting feedback for the past six months. They will present the board with a cost estimate for recommended projects
    Feb. 19.

    On Tuesday, consulting firm KBR Building Group made recommendations based on interviews with 359 Brunswick County students, parents, administrators and elected officials.

  • Sign ordinance a sticking point for Leland’s future plans

    LELAND—A tug-of-war about business signs is brewing in Leland.

    The issue took over the town council’s budget workshop Friday.

    While Robert Waring, Leland’s planning director, presented plans for the 2013-14 fiscal year, town council members had more immediate issues on their minds.

    “Do you have a miraculous sign fix?” Mayor Brenda Bozeman asked.

    At the Jan. 17 town meeting, the planning staff proposed a five-year plan to bring non-conforming business signs along Village Road back under town ordinances.

  • Graduates complete treatment court

    BOLIVIA— Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis gave 10 new graduates of the latest treatment courts some advice on their last day in the programs.

    “Stay out of my court,” Lewis said.

    She was joking, but only in the way someone with the power to put a person in jail can.

    Lewis created the treatment court in 2009 to find a way to treat alcoholics and drug addicts who repeatedly appeared in her courtroom.

    On Thursday, she could joke with former defendants who made her proud because they completed the program  

  • County’s unemployment rate more than 11 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased a full percentage point from November to December, hitting 11.3 percent.

    It rose for the second straight month after dropping in October to a three-year low of 9.5 percent.

    November’s unemployment number was 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,634 of the county’s 49,826-member work force are unemployed.

  • Small Business Advisory seats are already filled

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners created a small business advisory commission the way Henry Ford created the assembly line—to streamline business fast.

    The county board voted to form the business commission Jan. 22.

    “We’ve already started taking applications. At the next meeting we can start making appointments,” chairman Phil Norris said after the January vote.

    Commissioner Frank Williams had said he wanted to make appointments by
    Feb. 4, if possible.

  • Sen. Rabon wants cuts to regulations, taxes to make state better for business

    There are five big items N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon wants to tackle in the General Assembly.

    Those five, he said, will help the economy: education, infrastructure/transportation, energy, regulatory reform and tax reform.

    “They are the spokes of the wheel the economy turns on. Everything we do will focus on those five issues,” Rabon said. “We will go ’round and ’round on this.”

    A new legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly began in Raleigh on Jan. 30.