Local News

  • Southport woman charged with DWI in single-car crash

     A Southport woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other traffic violations after she crashed into a ditch last week on Midway Road near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.S. Thompson charged 32-year-old Holly Marie Lysaght with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, unsafe tires and a seatbelt violation after she crashed into a tree in a ditch off Midway Road on Friday, Jan. 8, a collision report shows.

  • Brunswick Coalition buys billboards to raise prescription abuse awareness

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition, which has been established to combat prescription drug abuse, has purchased billboards to create awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of leaving prescription medications unattended. 

    The coalition used grant funding to purchase spaces for two billboards, one at 2618 Ocean Highway 0.1 miles south of Royal Oak Road in Shallotte and another at 7270 U.S. 17 just south of N.C. 87 in Leland.

  • Sirens to be tested around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 13, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • CAMA land use plan survey under way in Sunset Beach

    The town of Sunset Beach is updating its Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Land Use Plan.
    In an effort to better understand land use issues most important to citizens of Sunset Beach, and to assist in the CAMA Land Use Plan update, the town is asking interested residents to complete a short questionnaire and community survey, available online atplansunsetbeach.com.
    Town staff will tabulate responses and integrate concerns into the updated CAMA Land Use Plan.

  • Resident lawsuit seeks flood damages from Carolina Shores

    A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town of Carolina Shores claiming the town has been negligent in maintaining its stormwater system and her home was damaged as a result.

    Glenda B. Ward of 1 Court 6 Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores, whose case was filed Jan. 4 in Brunswick County Super Court, alleges the town is at fault after her home was flooded “on or about” Oct. 2, 2015, when a large rainstorm hit the town.

  • Detectives apprehend woman, son linked to S.C. slayings

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies apprehended a woman and her son who are linked to two South Carolina slayings after an investigation into the illegal sale of drugs and firearms.

    Nancy Diane Kennedy, 56, and Charles Thomas Brown, 28, both of Toro Lane in Burton, S.C., were each captured during separate traffic stops at Calabash Road and U.S. 17 in Calabash about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, after investigators found firearms in their possession, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release issued Thursday, Jan. 7.

  • Questions sought for Sunset Beach council candidates

    Sunset Beach residents are invited to submit questions for consideration to be asked candidates who have applied for a vacancy on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    Town council will consider all submittals while preparing a questions list to be used during a Jan. 22 candidates’ forum.

    Questions should be submitted to Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N. or by email at langlin@atmc.net.

  • New business coming to northern Brunswick County

    LELAND — After a year of new business construction in and around northern Brunswick County throughout 2015, new business openings that began at the end of the year are anticipated to continue in early 2016.

  • AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax services throughout Brunswick County

    The AARP Tax-Aide volunteer program, which provides income tax assistance and free federal and state tax preparation, will be available beginning Feb. 1 through April 18.

    The program’s services are completely free, including electronic filing of federal and North Carolina and South Carolina returns.

    Mike Ferris has worked with the program in Brunswick County since it began 15 years ago.

  • County unemployment above 7 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.1 percent in November.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC announced unemployment rates rose in 38 North Carolina counties in November, decreased in 37 and remained the same in 25 other counties.

    Brunswick County had a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in October.

    The unemployment rate in Brunswick County for November 2014 was 6.8 percent.