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  • Carolina Shores residents wade into flood zone

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents affected by flooding say issues have not been resolved and, in fact, are even worse now that a proposed new FEMA map puts them in a floodplain.

    Concerns were underscored as about two dozen people converged at a local home last week to review the recently unveiled map and confer among themselves.

    Some made plans to attend the town board of commissioners’ upcoming monthly workshop next Monday, Sept. 12.

  • 'Personality conflict,' financial issues cited before BFA director quits

    Former Brunswick Family Assistance executive director Lou Nistler took issue with BFA board treasurer Peggi Papaj one day after an Aug. 16 meeting and two days before officially resigning after 48 days on the job.

    The Aug. 17 email exchange between Nistler and Peggi Papaj is included in documents provided last week by BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty following a public records request by The Brunswick Beacon.

  • Carolina Shores wastewater discharge reported

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of partially treated wastewater from the Carolina Shores wastewater treatment plant between 7:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

    The facility was inundated with rainfall — 8.12 inches in a 24-hour period associated with Tropical Storm Hermine, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • Tropical Storm Hermine moves on up the coast

    As Tropical Storm Hermine moves out of the area and farther north from her rain-and-wind onslaught Friday, local residents are starting to bail out and clean up Saturday under sunny Labor Day weekend skies

    With area weather watches and warnings expired, the town of Carolina Shores lifted a voluntary evacuation order at noon Saturday, Sept. 3, and is now advising residents to take actions to avoid mosquitoes.

  • Sunset Beach Town Hall closing early Friday afternoon

    Due to deteriorating weather conditions and to ensure that non-essential town employees have safe travels home, Sunset Beach Town Hall will be closing at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The Town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and staffed. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the EOC at 910-579-2456.

  • Washout closes boulevard lane in Sunset Beach

    The eastbound lane of Sunset Boulevard North at the intersection of Park Road in Sunset Beach has been closed because of a roadway washout.

    The lane will remain closed until further notice, according to an update issued by town clerk Lisa Anglin at 11:48 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

    With the area under a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch, weather conditions were expected to deteriorate Friday afternoon, with heavy rain accumulating at 4 to 7 inches and winds gusting at 50 mph. Localized flooding can be expected.

  • Carolina Shores issues state of emergency

    The town of Carolina Shores has issued a state of emergency effective at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

    The town encourages residents to monitor the National Weather Service as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches and to prepare for the possibility of tropical storm-force winds, particularly in low-lying or flood-prone areas.

  • N.C. electric cooperatives prepare for storm

    North Carolina’s electric cooperatives stand ready to respond if power outages occur as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine, which is forecast to bring heavy rain to much of the state, as well as steady winds to several eastern and coastal North Carolina counties.

    Local electric cooperative crews are preparing equipment, and vehicles are on site in potentially affected areas.

    The cooperatives encourage members to take steps to prepare in case power outages occur.

  • Brunswick County Schools activate early release schedule

    Brunswick County Schools will release early today due to inclement weather conditions.

    BCS spokeswoman Jessican Swencki said high schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., middle schools will dismiss at noon and elementary schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. All after-school activities are cancelled.

    Staff will be dismissed two hours after student dismissal at their respective schools. All classified staff will receive two hours of forgiven time.

  • Crews extinguish 16-car fire Thursday at Leland salvage yard

    LELAND— Fire crews quickly extinguished a 16-car fire Thursday afternoon at a salvage yard in Leland. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. at Cadillac Heaven Salvage Yard at 991 Maco Road.

    Brad Babson, prevention and preparedness specialist with the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office, said the call initially came in with 20 cars affected. When crews arrived, the owner of the yard, Cary Bilich, was using a tractor with a lift to move what cars he could away from the fire.