Local News

  • Planning department adds expediter to ease permit frustration

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County planning board has created a concierge service to get customers through the permitting process.

    Planning director Leslie Bell introduced Kyna Bryant-Hardy, the point of contact for all future permit requests, to planning board members at Monday night’s meeting.

    Bryant-Hardy, who has worked as an office assistant III in the planning department since 2009, now acts as the plan review expediter—to assist clients interested in initiating property development activities.

  • Census splitting Brunswick from Wilmington an economic concern

    BOLIVIA—Officials are concerned re-categorizing Brunswick County census statistics will have a negative effect on the local economy.

    The federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) identifies Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), core areas containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with that core, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Wreck claims one life, injures two children

    A single-vehicle wreck Monday left a Columbus County man dead and his two children injured.

    Ricky Banks Watts, 54, of Delco, was killed when the Chevrolet pick-up truck he was driving overturned on U.S. 74.

    According to 1st Sgt. Troy Pope of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 3:59 p.m on April 8.

    Pope said the truck driven by Watts was headed west on U.S. 74. The wreck occurred about 5.7 miles west of Leland and 1.3 miles west of Lanvale Road. The vehicle was traveling through Brunswick County toward Columbus County.

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 179

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A fatal wreck in the early daylight hours of Thursday morning claimed the life of one Ocean Isle Beach man.
    Glenn Edward Shepherd Jr, 57, of Ocean Isle Beach was killed when the moped he was driving was hit from behind by a vehicle.
    According to Trooper Trent Chavis with the N.C. Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Blaire Whitney Anderson of Ocean Isle Beach was driving the vehicle that hit Shepherd from the back.
    “The moped and the vehicle were travelling east on N.C. 179. The vehicle was behind the moped and struck the moped from behind,” Chavis said.

  • Tee-off at The First Tee

    Sunday was a great day for golf in more ways than one.

    Not only was the spring weather (finally) lovely, it was also ribbon-cutting and tee-off day for The First Tee’s new Carolinas Life Skills and Leadership Academy (CLSLA).

    The First Tee’s new state-of-the-art $1.5 million, 11,000-square-foot academy, tucked at the end of a winding dirt road in The Golf Park at Cinghiale Creek off Royal Oak Boulevard in Shallotte, is where founders Rusty and Carol Petrea and others gathered under blue skies to celebrate its completion.

  • Beck's of Calabash nears reopening after fire

    CALABASH—Beck’s Restaurant is just about ready to reopen.

    The historic Calabash eatery, destroyed in a fire last Oct. 22, has been rebuilt and will be ready to reopen as soon as new booths and tables and chairs are delivered.

    Kurt Hardee, who co-owns the restaurant with his sisters Shaun Bellamy and Sara Frelich, said the dining room furniture is on back-order. He estimated the restaurant will be ready to reopen and launch into a new season within the next couple of weeks.

  • McIntyre makes stop in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach officials and several representatives from neighboring towns came to hear U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre give an update on sand.

    McIntyre and his family have made an Easter weekend trip to the Brunswick County coast an annual event.

    On Thursday, March 28, his visit included lunch at Pogies Waterfront Bar and Grill to speak to three dozen attendees from towns including Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Calabash and Sunset Beach, as well as a few officials from New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Leland commissioners go extra mile to support Gateway project

    LELAND—Leland commissioners went the extra mile to show they support their Gateway project despite voting against implementing it in February.

    At the March 21 town meeting, the town board voted in support of the Gateway three times and will hear the rezoning proposal again at the April 18 meeting.

    The Gateway project is based on rezoning Leland’s downtown gateway district from the U.S. 17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area using Flexcode zoning.

  • Leland recognizes police officers’ emergency service

    LELAND—Sometimes serve and protect also includes resuscitate.

    At Leland’s March 21 town meeting, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Police Chief Mike James presented Sgt. Keel and Cpl. Christopher Winder with awards to recognize their efforts to keep a resident alive.

    At the town meeting James said an elderly woman was in need of assistance.

    “Keel and Winder performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) for 37 minutes, after which the victim had a strong pulse,” James said.

  • Holden Beach parks and rec maps out $138K park plan

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members know what they want in the Brunswick Avenue park, but to get it will cost $138,000.

    The board met March 21 and 28 to determine the layout of the park across the street from town hall, and prioritize its construction based on costs.