Local News

  • County flushing effort nears completion

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Department crews are nearing completion of the flushing program that began Sept. 12.

    Crews have worked during the past few weeks to flush all the water mains in the county system. The effort is scheduled to be complete Dec. 8 and the county will convert back to chloramines as the primary disinfectant.

  • Two trapped in courthouse elevator after non-injury wreck causes power outage

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation is reporting that 840 people are without power after a vehicle hit a pole in Bolivia.

    No injuries were reported, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Among those without power are Brunswick County Courthouse employees. The loss of power resulted in two people trapped in an elevator, with local fire crews and bailiffs on scene to free them, Flax said. The courthouse was briefly evacuated while they were freed.

  • Belville takes town hall financing to public Nov. 9

    Belville has scheduled a special commissioners meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, for input on financing construction of a town hall.

    The board will host a public hearing for comment on the question of the town entering into a proposed installment purchase agreement with First Bank.

    Belville would finance $950,000 to use to the purchase Lot 5 in the Belville Commons business development and build a town hall.

  • State accepts applications for 2017 Bicycle Helmet Initiative

    Community organizations are now able to participate in a state program designed to save the lives of children through the distribution of bicycle helmets to low-income families. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative is accepting applications for the program through Dec. 9.

  • Andrea White named clerk to county board of commissioners

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has named Andrea White as clerk to the Board of Commissioners.

    The board voted to reclassify the executive administrative assistant to the county manager position to the executive assistant/clerk to the board of commissioners position. As part of that action, the board appointed current Executive Administrative Assistant Andrea White as the clerk to the board of commissioners.

  • Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits approved for Brunswick County

    Gov. Pat McCrory announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved his request for citizens in six more counties, including Brunswick, inundated in October by flooding from Hurricane Matthew, to be eligible to receive Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits.

    “Even though the storm has passed, there are still many people hurting in North Carolina,” McCrory said in a news release. “As we begin to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, disaster food assistance is an additional step to help people get back on their feet again.”

  • Beaches assess post-Matthew damages

    Nearly a month after Hurricane Matthew’s unwelcome Oct. 8 hit, three Brunswick County beach towns are still dealing with the effects.


    Holden Beach

    Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project is still set to begin mid-November despite the hurricane’s destruction of some beach dunes, Town Manager David Hewett said.

    The beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Brunswick County voters head to polls

    While the Nov. 8 general election features local state, national races, plus a referendum on whether to allow county commissioners to enact a $152 million bond for capital improvements at county schools, some voters have taken the opportunity to cast their ballots early.

    Brunswick County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said, 32,094 voters used one-stop early voting and 1,712 voters used absentee by mail ballots as of Monday, Oct. 31.

  • Candidates speak to voters at forum

    BOLIVIA — Candidates for elected offices representing Brunswick County shared their points of view with voters one last time before the general election Oct. 25 at Odell Williamson Auditorium during the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates night.

    Board of Education District 2 incumbent Republican Catherine Cooke said she started her career on the school board with four children in school. Now, one of her children is a teacher in Brunswick County while two are still high school students.

  • Water line break bypass complete, voluntary water conservation in place

    The bypass around a water main break that prompted a State of Emergency for Brunswick County began operating Sunday.

    The raw water main, owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWASA), which carries raw water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to Brunswick County-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant, broke Oct. 13.