Local News

  • State reports
 two flu-related deaths

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the state’s first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 season after two adults died of complications from influenza infection from mid-to-late October.

    One of the deaths occurred in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and the other occurred in the eastern region of the state. To protect the privacy of the families, neither person’s hometown, county, age or gender will be released.

  • Brunswick County residents receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

    Dozens turned out Oct. 31 to celebrate four Brunswick County individuals and groups that received recognition from the governor’s office for their volunteer efforts.

    William “Buzz” McManus; 4-H volunteers Benje Jones, Amanda Barnhill, Agnes Taylor and Dawn Britt; and the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center volunteers all received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The members of Mike’s Garage Band received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

  • State’s 2017 ozone season ends with fewest unhealthy days

    Statewide monitoring shows North Carolina continued to be in full compliance with national air quality standards as the 2017 ozone season ended.

    Since March 1, the state recorded just four unhealthy ozone days with concentrations higher than the 70 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard set by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. It’s the best outcome since the previous record low of five unhealthy ozone days in 2013.

  • New NHRMC evening visitor policy in effect

    Effective Nov. 1, visitors to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center main campus are required to check in, provide identification and receive a visitor access sticker between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to promote a safe environment for patients, families, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers

    Visitor stickers will be available at the three entrances open 24 hours: the main entrance, Emergency Department and the entrance to the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

  • Officials respond to whale beached near Oak Island

    Officials including biologists from UNC-Wilmington respond to what appeared to be a beached young sperm whale by Ocean Crest Pier by Oak Island on Thursday.

    Staff Writer Lindsay Kriz, who took these photos, was told the prognosis was grim for the creature that was discovered along the strand about 9:45 a.m. and had to be euthanized.

  • Police: Impaired driver crashes into Shallotte storefront

    Shallotte police said a woman was driving while impaired when she crashed her Dodge Durango into a Main Street storefront Wednesday morning.

    No one was injured, including the driver, 44-year-old Laura Marie Whitesides, of Carolina Shores and her passenger, whose name has not been released.  

    Whitesides drove the SUV into the front of Bargain Basement Resale & Consignment in the 5300 block of Main Street at 8:45 a.m., Shallotte police Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

  • Developer to break ground on new shopping strip in Leland

    More retail businesses are planning to add locations along the U.S. 17 strip through Leland.

    A new strip of shops including Hibachi Bistro, Dunkin Donuts and Bridgewater Wines will be built between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza off U.S. 17.

    Ocean Gate Plaza shopping center was announced Oct. 26 in a news release by Debbie Elliott, spokeswoman for developer Hibachi Bistro LLC, managed by Yu Hang Wang.

  • H2GO board opposes reverse osmosis promotions

    The H2GO Water and Sewer District board members who oppose building a reverse osmosis water plant took issue during the board’s Oct. 17 meeting with the way staff were promoting the project.

    Board member Trudy Trombley said she noticed H2GO employees were putting up pro-reverse osmosis signs similar to campaign signs. “Who pays for those signs?” she asked.

  • County files federal suit against Chemours, DuPont for GenX

    Brunswick County’s legal team filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina Court against The Chemours Co. and DuPont to recover costs required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove chemicals contaminating the Cape Fear River, the county’s source for drinking water.

    In September, Brunswick County hired two law firms, Baron & Budd P.C. led by Baron & Budd Shareholder Scott Summy, and Harold Seagle of Seagle Law in North Carolina, as representatives of the county.

  • Municipal voters head to polls Tuesday

    Editor’s note: Complete election results may not be available by press time for the Nov. 9 edition; however, they will be posted online at brunswickbeacon.com, under the political tab in the news category, as they become available Tuesday night, Nov. 7.

    A complete follow-up report will be published in the Nov. 16 edition.