Local News

  • New H2GO board members hire attorneys to reclaim assets

    LELAND — The H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District board’s three-member majority continued to work on taking back what the previous board gave away.

    Board members Jeff Gerken, Trudy Trombley and Bill Beer met Dec. 7 at the H2GO office on Village Road where they approved an agreement with the law firm Crossley, McIntosh, Collier, Hanley & Edes P.L.L.C. to work on returning assets that were turned over to Belville by the former majority at the Nov. 28 board meeting, the last for H2GO chairman Bill Browning and secretary Carl Antos.

  • County agrees to join insurance pool for employees

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed Dec. 4 to join an insurance pool for employee coverage in budget year 2019-20.

    Commissioners adopted a resolution of intent to participate the North Carolina Health Insurance Pool (NCHIP) employee health insurance program, provided it is formed and meets the terms of the Local Government Risk Pool Act by May 31, 2018.

  • I'll bet you I never have to eat my shoe

    Well, I won’t have to find a baker anytime soon.

    Almost exactly a year to the day after I promised to eat my shoe — a “Cake Boss” version of my shoe, mind you — if Leland and Belville could ever come together over practically anything, that possibility was laid to rest Nov. 28 when the H2GO board turned over its entire operation and reverse osmosis plant project to Belville.

  • BCSO uses Air 1 helicopter to find lost Leland man


  • Man recounts rescue from Lockwood Folly Inlet

    As the fourth wave crashed down on his kayak, 63-year-old Bob Brown of Oak Island felt no fear.

    As Brown struggled for what he guessed was three hours at the mercy of the tide in Lockwood Folly Inlet the afternoon of Dec. 5, he remained fearless.

    When Brown woke up in a bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington the next morning, he was still unafraid.

    Brown, who will turn 64 on Dec. 15, almost didn’t make it to his next birthday following his bout with Mother Nature.

  • Bureau seeks 25 percent homeowners insurance rate hike for county beaches

    Insurance companies want a 25 percent increase on Brunswick County homeowners insurance rates on or near the coast and 23.7 percent everywhere else.

    The number increases to a 40 percent rate hike proposed for Brunswick County renters and condominium owners, according to numbers the North Carolina Rate Bureau proposed to the state’s Department of Insurance.

  • Early hired as county economic development director

    The public/private nonprofit partnership in charge of Brunswick County’s economic development has hired Bill Early to serve as the new executive director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

    Brunswick County commissioners in July approved the partnership to serve as the county’s economic development organization, working with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Mulberry Branch bridge remains under construction

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, and the road that connects Whiteville Road and Smith Avenue, used by many residents as an alternative to Main Street in Shallotte, remains closed to traffic.

    Town Administrator Albert Hughes told Shallotte aldermen during their Dec. 5 meeting he thought the issue involved guardrails and they might be waiting on parts to be delivered.

  • Shallotte negotiates property swap with ABC Board

    SHALLOTTE — Town staff members are working with the ABC board to negotiate a property swap to move the ABC store across Wall Street for the alignment of Wall Street and Shallotte Avenue

    The ABC store is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Shallotte Avenue and Wall Street. But to align the streets, the ABC store building will have to be torn down.

  • Local residents protest federal tax plan

    A group of about 40 people from all over Brunswick County show up Dec. 7 at Congressman David Rouzer’s office in Bolivia to protest the federal government’s proposed tax plan, which they believe will hurt the middle class and harm the environment. Among the protest participants are members of Stand Up Brunswick and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team.