Local News

  • Calabash seeks emergency answers

    CALABASH — Town commissioners scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. this past Tuesday, April 17, with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts to discuss fire and emergency management plans for the southern end of the county.

    Commissioner Cecelia Herman brought up the issue at the April 10 town board meeting, stating a meeting would provide an opportunity to question emergency management services and where the money goes.

  • Fire fees concern raised in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioner Gere Dale is among officials in southern Brunswick County concerned about a possible fire fee hike.

    At the town board of commissioners monthly meeting last Thursday, April 12, Dale distributed information from the county on fire fees that he said raises concern about what the county plans to do.

    “I was very upset when I read this exhibit,” he said, handing out copies of the information to fellow board members.

  • Former BEAT president files complaint against ex-board member

    A founder and former president of the nonprofit Brunswick Environmental Action Team has taken legal action against a former BEAT board member, claiming she harassed him.

    Neil Gilbert of Sunset Beach filed a civil injunction and complaint for a no-contact order “for stalking or nonconsensual sexual conduct” March 7 against Kristen Colleran of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Electronics recycling gets a financial boost

    Brunswick County is among 72 county and city governments that have been bestowed state money for local electronics management programs.

    In February, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management awarded $700,000 for the programs, which offer residents opportunities to recycle old electronics, including televisions and computer equipment.

    Brunswick County received $10,197.23, county solid waste and recycling coordinator Micki Bozeman said.

  • Boys and Girls Homes open houses, foster parenting classes

    The Boys and Girls Homes of NC will have open houses April 23 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Supply Baptist Church at 88 Ocean Highway E. in Supply to share information, answer questions and allow people to meet staff.

    Foster parent classes will start April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. for those interested. There is a great need for foster parents in Brunswick County. The Boys and Girls Homes of NC receive many calls from the Department of Social Services, but do not always have the homes to place children.

  • Brunswick County CRS class rating increases to 8

    Brunswick County has met the standards to increase its Community Rating System (CRS) class rating from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to an 8, qualifying for a discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies.

  • Speakers oppose terminal groin for Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Most of the people who spoke about Holden Beach’s proposed terminal groin voiced opposition to it during commissioners' regular meeting April 6.

    Holden Beach intends to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Leland aims to keep tax rate at 21 cents

    LELAND — Leland’s 2018-19 budget estimate alarmed town officials after they included too many needs in their priority list during an April 5 budget workshop.

    Town Manager David Hollis and staff showed board members an initial budget proposal of $15.3 million for 2018-19, a 10.4 percent increase from the $13.7 million budget for 2017-18 without having to increase the 21 cent tax rate.

  • Rash succeeds Yoho as OIB fire chief

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho had one last job to do April 10: attend the town board meeting to receive his retirement recognition.

    Yoho, who retired April 9, was involved with the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department for almost 34 years.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said it was extra special to recognize Yoho “because he is my brother-in-law.”

    “Bobby has served this town for many years, as a volunteer fireman (up to serving) as the fire chief. I can tell you this is in his blood,” Smith said.

  • Drone captures Holden Beach shipwreck at low tide