Local News

  • New traffic pattern for N.C. 87 north

    Officials with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have realigned the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, creating a new traffic pattern.

    According to NCDOT, the intersection was realigned Monday, July 16, from the former N.C. 87 to Old Town Creek Road just north.

    The new intersection, at U.S. 17 and Old Town Creek Road, was opened to motorists Monday afternoon.

  • School system to implement facilities master plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are moving forward with a comprehensive facilities master plan that goes beyond traditional bricks-and-mortar.

    Steve Miley, director of operations for Brunswick County Schools, said board of education members approved a consulting firm at their last meeting July 10 to assist with the plan.

  • Commissioners seek review of county’s jobs, salaries

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to address a salary increase for county employees.

    At their meeting Monday, July 16, commissioners approved a comprehensive review of the county’s jobs, salaries and benefits. They also agreed to address salary increases, which were not included in the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which began July 1.

    Commissioners have scheduled a workshop for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to discuss options for a salary increase for county employees.

  • Autopsy results of mom's death released

    SUNSET BEACH—Megan Elizabeth Tysinger died from a single bullet wound to her chest from a 9-mm gun, according to autopsy results released this week.

    Tysinger, 28, was pronounced dead after being found by her ex-husband, Brandon Tysinger, on the morning of April 23 in a bedroom at her home at 9063 Sea Lane.

    The report states an autopsy was conducted the following day at Onslow County Hospital because her ex-husband was at the residence at the time of the incident and was the only witness.

  • Officials say winning lottery ticket obtained illegally

    The Oak Island Police Department, working with security officials from the N.C. Education Lottery, has arrested the husband of a $1 million lottery claimant, charging he obtained the winning ticket illegally.

    The husband, Sean Mewherter of Wilmington, was charged Wednesday with larceny by employee and possession of stolen goods more than $100,000.

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets a boost

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Mike Hargett has received a favorable review and a raise to go with it.

    At the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 5, commissioner Joyce Dunn said Hargett passed his July 2 review and was bestowed the maximum allowable merit raise to go with it.

    In fact, Hargett’s review was “outstanding,” Dunn said.

  • Sea Trail up for sale for nearly $10 million: Any takers?

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sea Trail resident is trying to rally interest in the sale of his community’s golf courses and other amenities.

    Marty Friedman learned three weeks ago the “crown jewel of Sunset Beach”—its golf courses, convention center and other properties not owned by residents or the Sea Trail Master Association—are for sale for $9.9 million.

  • Garbage rollbacks "aren't playing nice" in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The garbage rollback issue on the island has reared its messy head again with a councilman complaining people aren’t abiding by the rules.

    “People that said they were going to play nice aren’t playing nice,” Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita said at the July 2 council meeting.

    Fellow council member Carol Scott said the idea was that if people “very egregiously did not follow” the town ordinance, they could still be fined.

  • Stalking Bruce: one Holden Beach couple’s vacation this year is rocking out to Bruce

    HOLDEN BEACH— “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

    The famous Bruce Springsteen lyrics resonate well with one Holden Beach couple. Ken and Peggi Papaj decided to go on tour with “The Boss” this year for his “Wrecking Ball” tour. The album, Springsteen’s 17th studio album, was released March 5, and the tour began on March 18 in Atlanta. The Papajs were there.

  • Hot weather creates issues for county’s homeless population

    Homelessness isn’t a part-time problem.

    Last winter area civic and religious groups united to work on finding a solution to providing temporary shelter to the homeless population in Brunswick County. They created a system of rotating shelter during the cold winter months.

    But with temperatures reaching the 100s this summer, the issue of homelessness hasn’t gone away. If anything, the need for a year-round shelter in the county has come to the forefront again as dangerous heat enveloped the county in late June and early July.