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Today's News

  • Cooke named chairman of SIEC Governance Working Group

    Brunswick County commissioner Marty Cooke has been appointed chairman of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Governance Working Group. He has served as the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners delegate to State Interoperability Task Force for several years.

    The SIEC is a subcommittee of North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Commission, which is responsible for providing guidance to state and local agencies regarding disaster planning, mitigation, emergency response and anti-terrorism.

  • Holden Beach Land Use Plan survey under way

    In an effort to better understand the issues most important to the citizens of Holden Beach and to assist in the town’s Land Use Plan update, the town asks residents complete a short questionnaire online at surveymonkey.com/r/HBLUP.

    Town staff will tabulate the responses and integrate concerns into the updated Land Use Plan. Results will be available on the town’s website, http://hbtownhall.com/, once complete.

    For more information, call Holden Beach Planning and Inspections director Tim Evans at 842-6080.

  • Viera to leave post as Brunswick County Chamber president

    Shannon Viera, president/CEO of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, announced she was leaving the position in September.

    But Viera said while packing up her office and working on chamber projects like the NC Oyster Festival, which will keep her here through the end of the month, she’ll be back in Brunswick County again even if it’s as a vacationer.

    “This is not a place you run away from,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll be back, whether it’s for vacation or to retire.”

  • NCDOT closes Oak Island’s G.V. Barbee Bridge for six months

    The G.V. Barbee Bridge on N.C. 133 (Long Beach Road SE) over the Intracoastal Waterway is closed for six months, effective at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the closure is needed to allow a contractor to safely do extensive preservation work and repairs to the bridge.

  • Calabash man accused of sex crimes against 2 children

    A Calabash man is accused committing sex crimes against two children.

    Mark William Bunte, 58, of Cobbler Circle was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child 15 or younger.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between Sept. 25 and Sunday.

    Bunte remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $900,000 bail.

  • Holden Beach decal policy raises hurricane repair concerns

    When Robin Tice Haines of Jamestown needed to repair a window broken by Hurricane Florence at her Holden Beach residence Sept. 19, police allowed her to cross the bridge but stopped the contractors who accompanied her.

    The reason? They had no decal on their vehicle.

    “They had their materials and the whole bit ready to go, but they (police) wouldn’t allow them to just follow me, and instead I had to go back across the bridge and stuffed it into my car, that little Honda CRV,” Haines said.

  • Bolivia man arrested in shooting

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bolivia man in a Monday shooting.

    Patrick Noah Mitchell, 23, of Alendale Place was wanted on a charge of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, according to a Facebook post.

    An incident report shows the shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. at the end of Adelaide Drive. It identifies the victims as a 17-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who were in a green 1997 Mazda 4S, but it is unclear whether either was injured.

  • Some DMV fees waived following Hurricane Florence

    North Carolinians living in 28 counties heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence, including Brunswick, will not have to pay certain fees assessed by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles through Dec. 31.

    Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order waiving fees and penalties for certain driver and vehicle services for residents living in counties that were designated after Hurricane Florence as disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Oak Island mayor’s son arrested on child pornography charges

    Deputies arrested the son of Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure on child pornography charges Oct. 12.

    Justin Adam Brochure 36, of Maple Tree Drive in Leland remains at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where he was booked Friday, on $50,000 bail reduced from $2 million bail.

    The Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed the reduction in bail but could not provide an explanation for it.

    A court document shows Brochure was arrested on a pretrial release violation. He had been ordered not to have contact with anyone younger than 18.

  • BCSD to provide rides to polls on Election Day

    Brunswick County Senior Democrats will provide free rides to the polls from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    The BCSD has 27 members who will be on standby on Election Day to provide rides to the polls for those who want to vote, but do not have transportation to get to a local polling place.

    Rides to the polls on Election Day are being provided for voters in Bolivia, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Southport, St. James, Oak Island, Leland, Navassa, Belville and Winnabow.