Local News

  • Economic development corporation to form nonprofit foundation; seek community contributions

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Economic Development Corporation is changing the way it does business.

    With recent losses of two major 1,000-plus-job projects, economic development director Jim Bradshaw said the corporation is looking to tweak its playbook, including seeking contributions from local businesses and community members.

    While Bradshaw said it’s great to win the big 1,000-plus job project “every job is critical.”

  • County refinances bonds for millions in savings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy has been busy.

    With the market moving in what Hardy described as a favorable direction for refinancing debt, she received commissioner approval to refinance several outstanding bonds recently, resulting in nearly $4 million in savings.

  • Candidate fields set for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing is closed, and candidate fields are set for the 2012 elections.

    Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and ended at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    The following candidates have filed for office.

    County commissioners

  • Arrests made in connection with football star’s murder last April

    BOLIVIA—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested six suspects in an early morning roundup in connection with last spring’s shooting death of a star football player.

    None of the suspects have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marcus London Hankins.

    The former South Brunswick High School football star was shot to death last April 16, during at party at the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The following suspects have been arrested:

  • New details related to 3-year-old's death

    New information on the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte child


    According to information in a March 1 search warrant for 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 207, Montey Murray and his cousin Jessie Holt were babysitting Jaronn Ladale McAllister II . McAllister is the son of Murray’s girlfriend Candice Young. Preliminary findings from the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office say Jaronn's cause of death was "internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. There were also several hematomas to the head."

  • Councilwoman scolds mayor for 'witch hunt' over Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph took Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato to task Monday night for his continued questioning about the town’s Sunset at Sunset Festival.

    “It saddens me to bring this up again, but recent actions require it,” said Joseph, reading from a prepared statement at the start of the meeting.

  • N.C. rep says Gov. Perdue's blockage of ferry-hike rates is illegal

    Legislative ferry fare increases slated to take effect April 1 remain up for debate now that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a mandate to block them.

    Last week, Perdue issued an executive order thwarting the increase that would effectively double ferry fares.

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) of Oak Island, who worked last year on that transportation budget, said Tuesday he thinks Perdue’s order blocking the fare hikes and imposing a moratorium for at least a year is illegal.

  • Carolina Shores gets in gear for budget, bucket list

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is getting ready to tie its annual budget preparation with a bucket list the town board of commissioners compiled last month at their annual retreat.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, gave a “rough guesstimate” of $1,702,300 for the upcoming 2012-13 budget that takes effect July 1.

    She described it as a brief or rough overview, “but hopefully close as to what we are looking at for the upcoming year. Everything else is kind of up to you guys.”

  • Board of education talks staggered starts at board retreat

    LELAND—Staggered starts—and the cost to revert back to a traditional school schedule—led the Brunswick County Board of Education two-day retreat last week.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Officials adopted the staggered-start schedule in March 2011, and it was implemented for the 2011-2012 school year last August.

  • Commissioners’ resolution supports Defense of Marriage Act

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

    The Defense of Marriage Act, approved by a three-fifths majority of the North Carolina General Assembly last year, is a constitutional amendment that would change the state constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The amendment will be on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.