Today's News

  • City bans hurricane survivor, 80, from living in his garage

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — John Ganey hunkered down in his living room when Hurricane Florence blew over the region last September.

    “I knew the bedroom was going to cave in,” said the 80-year-old retiree, who later had his two-bedroom, 14-by-76-foot mobile home hauled away because of the damages it sustained.

    He was living in his garage when a Federal Emergency Management Agency official came knocking, informing him his old house was salvageable.

  • Cerrato ousted from Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — Town councilman Richard Cerrato was ousted from a town council meeting Tuesday morning after repeatedly interrupting while others were speaking and lashing out with accusations.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton gaveled Cerrato several times and called two recesses at the 9 a.m. meeting before asking town police chief Ken Klamar to escort Cerrato from the building.

    “This is a disgrace in democracy,” Cerrato said as he stood up and got ready to exit the meeting room. “It’s all about power and control.”

  • County denies rezoning request for marina

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners usually support property owners’ rights to develop their land, but a majority of the board denied a rezoning request to create a wet boat storage marina near residences along the Intracoastal Waterway in Supply.

    At the county board Feb. 18 meeting, Bryan Miller, owner of two adjoining lots at 2267 Dal St. SW and 2267 Shane St. SW that border a creek just off the waterway requested rezoning to use the properties for parking and access to 62 boat slips.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, schools team up to teach about social media

    LELAND— Brunswick County Schools and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed up on Monday night at Leland Middle School to teach concerned parents about social media dangers and safety.

    Leland Middle School Principal Askia Kirby said his school system sees some joys from the use of social media, but sees the headaches as well.

  • Leland Economic Development Committee talks hemp with local entrepreneur

    LELAND—The Leland Economic Development Committee was introduced to a Wilmington-based entrepreneur they would like to see grow his business on their side of the bridge.

    Kyle Trivisonno of Eco TEK Industries presented his product, a hemp-based prosthetic limb cuff, to the committee members Feb. 14.

  • New Jersey woman sentenced to at least 15 years for heroin trafficking

    A New Jersey woman will spend at least 15 years in prison for trafficking heroin last year.

    Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Cherelle Renee Hills of Camden, N.J., to serve between 180 and 234 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

  • Brunswick commissioners begin budget planning

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County department heads presented commissioners with projects to consider in the 2019-20 fiscal year at the first budget workshop Feb. 18.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said with this year’s property revaluation, the revenue-neutral tax rate would be 45.25 cents but if commissioners maintained the current tax rate of 48.5 cents it would be able to fund the first and second phases of the school bond.

    “If you leave the rate right where it is, it will provide growth for both school bond issuances,” she said.

  • AirLink critical care craft flies to new home at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

    BOLIVIA — Just two weeks ago a Brunswick County man began to exhibit signs of a stroke.

    Recognizing it, Brunswick County EMS activated Code Stroke at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The man was taken by ambulance to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center where its newly stationed AirLink helicopter was waiting to transport the man to NHRMC on a flight lasting only seven minutes.

    From the time the man first showed signs of stroke to him reaching the interventional table at NHRMC to have the clot pulled out, only 45 minutes had passed.

  • Gill net fishing restrictions added for OIB canals

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials can’t prohibit fishing with gill nets in the town’s canals but they can restrict their use.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey told the town board at the Feb. 12 town meeting the staff received complaints from property owners over gill netting in natural and concrete canals.

    Ivey said the town reviewed gill netting in 2007 and learned from the NC Attorney General’s office the town ordinance prohibiting gill nets violated state law.

  • Judge finds Ocean Isle Beach commissioner guilty of impaired driving

    Ocean Isle Beach Commissioner Bob Williams received a suspended sentence after he was found guilty of impaired driving in a trial by Judge C. Ashley Gore in Brunswick County District Court Dec. 17.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Williams with DWI on March 2, 2018.