Local News

  • Commissioner re-raises raise issue to no avail

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has once again re-raised the raise issue to his fellow commissioners regarding raises for county employees.

    But at the last county commissioners’ meeting July 2, Cooke was only able to raise support from one commissioner, Charles Warren, and his motion to re-address the issue of employee raises failed two votes to three.

    The 2012-2013 county budget, which took effect July 1, did not include any merit or cost-of-living increases for Brunswick County employees.

  • Man involved in K-9’s death sentenced to federal prison

    RALEIGH—A man who was arrested in connection with the death of a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 has been sentenced in federal court.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jamie Gonzalez-Lopez, 33, of Mexico, was sentenced to 135 months, or more than 11 years, in federal prison for narcotics charges. Gonzalez-Lopez previously pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine.

  • Drought conditions return to state for first time since May

    Drought has returned to North Carolina for the first time in more than a month, due to below normal rainfall and record-breaking temperatures.

    Brunswick County is listed as abnormally dry. Water supply sources are being monitored for diminished capacity. Impending drought conditions are possible.

    Conditions in 17 counties, including Mecklenburg and Wake, grew worse this week as moderate drought returned to parts of central and southwestern North Carolina.

  • Stevens takes on official role as president of Brunswick Novant Medical Center

    BOLIVIA—Shelbourn Stevens is a hands-on leader.

    Since being named interim president of Brunswick Novant Medical Center in March and after formally accepting the promotion in June, Stevens says transitioning from senior director of operations to hospital president has been “seamless.”

    But you won’t find him chained to his desk.

    “You’ll find me out in the units,” Stevens said about his leadership style.

  • Town officials—past and present—break ground on new Leland Town Hall

    LELAND—Though it’s only 23 years old, the town of Leland is about to move into its second official home.

    Town officials—past and present—gathered last Friday, June 29, behind the town’s current town hall, to break ground on a new $9.9 million town hall.

    The 44,000-square-foot, two-story facility will house the town’s administration and police departments. Town hall will also feature a 3,000-square-foot council chambers, with room for 175 people to attend town meetings.

  • Leland man charged with illegally transporting, disposing contaminated oil

    U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker recently announced a federal grand jury has returned a 19-count criminal indictment on Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. of Leland.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictments charge Pass with offenses surrounding unlawful transportation, storage and disposal of contaminated oil, a violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    “We must be ever vigilant in the protection of our precious environment.  This prosecution demonstrates that commitment,” Walker said.

  • Man defrauds with fake child cancer story


    SHALLOTTE—His story pulled on the heartstrings, getting people to open their purse strings.

    According to Shallotte detective Ed Marti, Jeremy Craig Stanley, 36, of 1657 Stanley Cove Way, Shallotte, was going around town asking people to give donations to a 3-year-old child with cancer.

    Stanley claimed to be working with Open Door Ministries church in an effort to raise funds to help pay for a child’s medical expenses. He claimed the child had late-stage cancer.

  • Commissioners accept upset bid for old hospital; process begins again

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have accepted an upset bid for the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC to purchase the former 60-bed hospital facility and the 30-plus acres on which it sits.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one to accept the bid, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Their decision now re-starts the clock on another round of upset bids.

  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

  • Sunset Beach Boating Access Area opens with rescue-boat dip in waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Sunset Beach Boating Access Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, June 29.

    Town and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials took part in the official boat-launch opening at 101 Sunset Blvd. in the mainland-side footprint of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge. The site includes a boat ramp built by the Wildlife Resources Commission, floating dock, breakwaters, parking area and small fishing pier, available free of charge for public use.