Local News

  • County claims its 10th, 11th lottery winners of the year

    A second Winnabow resident has won $10,000 through the North Carolina Education Lottery, continuing Brunswick County’s lucky streak by becoming the 11th winner this year.

    Diane Pennellatore won the Powerball money Sept. 16, state lottery officials said Friday, Oct. 2.

    Alfonso Villanneva of Southport also claimed a $10,000 instant prize by playing the Millionaire 7’s scratch-off game.

    Last month, Valient Simoncic of Leland won $10,000 playing the 50X The Cash instant prize scratch-off game.

  • Belville agrees to contractor, $385,000 cost for Riverwalk construction

    BELVILLE–Belville officials put the pieces in place to start building the Brunswick Riverwalk as soon as the project is approved.

    To build along the Brunswick River, the town needs a North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permit.

    If the permit is approved, phase 1 of the Riverwalk project will include an 120-foot pier and boardwalk.

    While waiting for the permit, town commissioners agreed at Monday’s September town meeting on a contractor and a price for the riverwalk’s first phase.

  • Sacred Heart church hosts third annual resource fair Oct. 7

    Sacred Heart Catholic Church will host its third annual Resource Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7.

    Representatives from 26 government and non-profit agencies will be available to explain their programs, and how people can participate in them.

    Organizer Roy Tucker said the resource fair has topped 160 people each of the first two years it has been organized and now they want to let more people know about the services available.

    “The biggest challenge is getting the word out to the people we are trying to reach,” Tucker said.

  • Closures, cancellations

    Brunswick County Schools as well as county offices and the courthouse will be closed Monday, Oct. 5, due to continued rain and flooding in the region. Schools will be closed for students and staff.

  • BHO launches awareness program to prevent falls by seniors

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Housing Opportunities (BHO) has launched an awareness program Sept. 23 to prevent the elderly from falling in their homes.

    The Home S.A.F.E. Initiative is a comprehensive, statewide senior home safety assessment and modification program led by the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (NCACDC) and the CED Network, an integrated coalition of community-based service delivery organizations, in partnership with USDA Rural Development and North Carolina AARP.

  • Residents speak for and against Holden Beach terminal groin

    HOLDEN BEACH — The public had its say before the Army Corps of Engineers at a Sept. 24 public hearing on Holden Beach’s plan to build a terminal groin.

    The meeting is part of the 45-day public comment period on the terminal groin Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public comment period ends Oct. 13.

    Col. Kevin Landers, district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, told the audience of about 100 residents and property owners the information is gathered from the public to help decide whether to approve or deny the terminal groin permit.

  • Agents arrest two men on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents have arrested two men on drug charges in separate investigations prompted by community tips and complaints, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Wet winter expected thanks to El Niño

    Meteorologists are predicting a wet, but not especially cold, winter for Brunswick County.

    Meteorologist Tim Armstrong of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an El Niño is expected to continue through the upcoming winter and into the spring of 2016.

    El Niño is a warming of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean and the overlying atmosphere, but has global weather impacts with changes in temperature and precipitation patterns across the planet, Armstrong wrote.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Shallotte street

     A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being brushed by a truck on Mulberry Street in Shallotte on Sept. 18.

    Stacey Manning was crossing Mulberry Street on her way to Wing and Fish Company two weeks ago when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by Juan Corona, Shallotte police Lt. Robert Gravino said.

    Emergency personnel responded to the collision and treated Manning’s minor injuries at the scene, Gravino said.

  • Southport man accused of assault, ethnic intimidation

     A Southport man accused of assaulting a man based on the victim’s ethnicity faces various misdemeanor charges in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged 51-year-old Kenneth Scott Edwards with assault with a deadly weapon, ethnic intimidation, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer Sept. 19.