Today's News

  • Commissioners to begin preliminary budget discussions

    BOLIVIA—It’s almost that time of year again—budget time.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled a mini-budget retreat for this week. While their full budget retreat won’t take place until March, commissioners will get a preview of the county’s tax base and other budget items at their upcoming mini-retreat.

    The commissioners’ mini-retreat will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests, which are taken directly from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

    •On Feb. 11, drug agents arrested Bennie Malee Stanley, 39, of 571 Tree Acres Circle, Calabash. Stanley was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon.

  • Even ‘Robert’ has to follow the law, not just own rules

    As a government reporter, I sit through a lot of meetings. I mean, a lot of meetings. So many so that sometimes I would rather bang my head against the wall than sit through another meeting, but alas, I continue.

    Hyperbole aside, some meetings are more painful than others—not physically painful, but emotionally painful—frustrating, if you will.

    I have made a steadfast commitment to being a proponent of freedom of information. I consider myself a student of the North Carolina Open Meetings and Public Records laws.

  • Parking meeting 9 a.m. Friday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A special town council meeting to address parking is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at town hall.

    Council will be addressing recent recommendations by the town parking committee regarding future parking on the island, town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday.

    Council will begin by touring the Sunset Beach island as a group. Afterward, council will reconvene in council chambers to discuss parking on the island and parking committee recommendations.

  • Are the rumors true—Is Golden Corral coming to Shallotte?

    SHALLOTTE–It’s a complicated matter. Golden Corral is looking to open a restaurant in Shallotte, but several things must happen first and quickly. Developers are racing a self-imposed clock to get everything in place. The restaurant’s opening in Shallotte is contingent on numerous factors.

  • Planning board approves a new retail center, a new church location and hopes to get a Caribbean dream back on track

    SHALLOTTE—A two-page agenda containing 12 items started off February’s planning board meeting with more items for consideration than any month in 2010. The audience even reached numbers in the double digits with 11 people in attendance.

    At one point in the meeting, town planner Allen Serkin said, “I apologize for such a large packet, but we had quite a large agenda,” as board members searched over their 50-page online packets.

    JDG/EZ Wireless commercial site plans

  • Missing on spring break

    I remember hearing the news in the spring of 2009 that a young spring breaker had disappeared in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It hit all too close to home.

    The young woman was on spring break from Rochester, N.Y., with several friends. Her parents did not know she was in Myrtle Beach. As a teenager, I too made excursions to Myrtle Beach without proper parental knowledge. 

    Initially I thought the teen was simply dodging phone calls and would resurface later to face her punishment. But that wasn’t the case.

  • Leland teen still missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a Leland teen missing since Sunday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Sierra Dominique Benton, 17, has been missing since Sunday, Feb. 13.

    She was last seen at the Shiloh Methodist Church in Leland, and has not returned to her residence, Stanley said.

    Benton is a white female with dark brown hair. She is 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

  • McCumbee pleased with Daytona finish

     Chad McCumbee finished eighth in the season-opening ARCA Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, and he said he was pleased with the finish.

    “We had a good, solid weekend down there with the Andy Belmont Racing group and the ModSpace Ford,” McCumbee said.

  • Leland man killed in weekend shooting

    LELAND—A Leland man was killed in a weekend shooting. 

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a Leland man was killed Sunday afternoon.

    Stanley said sheriff’s detectives responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 741 Heights Place in Leland.

    When detectives arrived at the home Sunday afternoon, 31-year-old Michael Shane Poythress was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot in the chest.