Local News

  • Sunset Beach Park public input meeting Thursday

    A public input meeting concerning the Sunset Beach Town Park design is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Sunset Beach Town Hall Council Chambers, 700 Sunset Blvd. N., Sunset Beach.

    During this meeting representatives with Withers & Ravenel, engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the town park, will present a revised park design including estimated costs of proposed amenities. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and offer comments on information provided.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson to play at BCC's OWA on Dec. 7

    Tickets for county music legend Willie Nelson's upcoming Dec. 7 concert in Brunswick County have sold out.

    Nelson's concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Brunswick Community College's Odell Williamson Auditorium in Supply.

    Auditorium director Mike Sapp anticipated tickets would sell fast. Ticket sales launched last Friday morning, Oct. 12, at the OWA box office and also online via the auditorium website at www.bccowa.com.

  • Two serious wrecks under investigation

    A one-vehicle wreck on Friday afternoon claimed the life of an Ash man and injured his passenger.

    Melvin Ray Hines, 58, of Ash, was killed on U.S. 17 near Red Bug Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

    According to Trooper Ransom with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Hines was driving a motorcycle with a passenger in the north-bound lane.

    “Traffic was flowing when he hit his brakes to stop in time,” Ransom said. “He ran off the road to the right and the motorcycle overturned. He and his passenger were ejected.”

  • Pink Party today in Sunset Beach

    The sixth annual Pink Party fundraiser to aid in the fight against breast cancer kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include a silent raffle and 50/50, along with pink cocktails and pink desserts.

    Show your support and wear pink.

    Twin Lakes Restaurant is at 102 Sunset Blvd.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate more than 10 percent

    For August, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent.

    That’s a minor dip from July when the county’s unemployment rate was at 11 percent. It was a little less than that, 10.9 percent, in June.

    For August, of the county’s 50,003 eligible workers, some 5,262 were unemployed. The county’s unemployment percentage exceeds the state’s unemployment rate for the same month, which was 9.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August 2011 was 11 percent.

  • Neighbors try to steal woman’s peace but its later restored


    She thought she’d never see her stuff again after “friends” turned out to be enemies, but a group of area detectives saved the day.

    At 83-years-old, Lillian Gray is always on the go. Most days she can be found in her garden, tending to her flowers or sitting on the porch. She enjoys being outside.

    “I’d rather stay out there (in the yard) than in here,” she said with a smile from inside her historic Shallotte-area home.

  • 16-year-old West Brunswick student fighting brain cancer

    Sixteen-year-old Randy Rhodes was spending his summer vacation enjoying Brunswick County when his whole world turned upside down.

    The Shallotte resident and rising 10th grader at West Brunswick High School spent his summer going to the beach, hanging out with friends, playing video games and fishing with his sister and her boyfriend.

    An avid football lover, he was practicing with the WBHS football team hoping to play this season.

  • Sleep-out to raise awareness for homeless in county

    Several area ministries have joined together to bring awareness to the homeless problem in Brunswick County.

    In an effort to share their story, Brunswick County Streetreach, Building Hope Ministries, Unleashed Ministries, Sonburst Youth Ministry, Breath of Life Ministries and the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition are inviting the community to participate in a sleep-out called One Homeless Night.

  • New bid for old hospital accepted

    BOLIVIA—It may not be the first bid for the old hospital, but it is the largest one to date.

    At $1.75 million, the offer from East Coast Lands One LLC is the highest one made for the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility and its 32.308 acres.

    “It is more than the last offer,” said county manager Marty Lawing during Monday’s commissioners meeting.

  • How big can you build it? Commissioners answer that question and more at meeting


    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners tackled the issue of accessory structures Monday night during a long debate.

    They eventually voted against planning board recommendations and modifying the amendment.

    Commissioners took on the wording of the amendment that read “the total square footage of all accessory structures (associated with residential uses) located on the parcel must be less than the total square footage of all primary structures located on that parcel.”