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Today's News

  • Beach lover Boles leads cleanup effort at OIB

    Jordan Boles spent four years in the mountains of The Tar Heel State during her time as a student at Appalachian State University.

    Her heart is now at the beach.

    Boles, the marketing director for Carolina Surf School, an Ocean Isle Beach-based company, led a beach cleanup July 3 that she had planned a couple of months in advance.

  • OIB board approves ordinance on beach digging

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials aren’t digging the number of holes left on Ocean Isle Beach this summer and put an ordinance in place July 10 to prohibit excessive excavations.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the ordinance proposed Tuesday addresses a larger problem than kids digging small holes while playing on the beach.

  • New judge hears H2GO asset transfer lawsuit

    Representatives of Leland, Belville and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO began pleading their case, again, for the ownership of H2GO’s assets in front of a new judge at a July 6 hearing.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to oversee the case, taking over from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock

  • Committee completes second Leland business study

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee finished a second round of town business surveys, which economic development director Gary Vidmar reviewed for commissioners at their June 21 meeting.

    The first economic development Leland business study was completed in 2016 after the LEDC sent the business survey to 352 businesses.

    The second survey was sent out to more than 400 businesses, Vidmar said, adding all of the businesses contacted are inside Leland’s commercial limits.

  • Absentee ballots for everyone

    Absentee ballots for everyone.

    It’s the most sensible and affordable way to get everyone to vote. So let’s make ‘em do it.

    That’s my takeaway from a Brunswick County Board of Elections hearing I attended a couple weeks back, where the idea of scheduling early voting on a Sunday was discussed.

    It was mentioned more than a few times that Brunswick County has not allowed Sunday voting.

  • Heavy rains sock county while Hurricane Chris stays off shore

    Hurricane Chris loomed off the North Carolina coast through the weekend, but Brunswick County saw a heavy downpour July 7 unrelated to the Atlantic storm as a front moved in from the west.

    Brunswick County saw heavy rainfall levels above five inches Saturday from Shallotte west to the North Carolina state line, said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

  • Carolina Shores approves change to allow potbellied pigs as pets

    CAROLINA SHORES — The heat is off Pork Chop the potbellied pig as Carolina Shores officials took the first step to become pet-pig friendly at the town workshop Monday morning.

    Board members voted 4-1 at the July 9 meeting to amend the October 2014 animal regulation ordinance No. 14-8, section 81.06 that said, “It shall be unlawful for any person to raise, keep or maintain any swine within the town.”

  • Sheriff’s deputies arrest three men in separate county sex crime cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men charged with felony sex crimes in separate cases.

    Earn Vern Williams, 57, of Randolphville Road NE in Bolivia is charged with indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child by adult.

    Warrants show the crimes involving an 11-year-old happened July 6 and 7.

    Williams was arrested July 8 and remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • South Carolina motorcyclist arrested after chase and crash in Supply

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Myrtle Beach, S.C., motorcyclist after he led them on a chase in Supply.

    Tristan Blunier, 22, of Hickory Oak Court was arrested July 7 and charged with felony fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to heed a light or siren, resisting a public officer and reckless driving to endanger.

  • Deputies arrest men in separate heroin cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men July 2 in two separate heroin cases.

    Charles Lamon Brown, 27, of Jenrette Way NW in Sunset Beach is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver heroin and two counts each of conspiring to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Brown conspired with an unnamed person to sell and deliver 1.2 grams of heroin and had a wax bindle Feb. 7.

    Brown remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.