Local News

  • BCSO uses Air 1 helicopter to find lost Leland man


  • Man recounts rescue from Lockwood Folly Inlet

    As the fourth wave crashed down on his kayak, 63-year-old Bob Brown of Oak Island felt no fear.

    As Brown struggled for what he guessed was three hours at the mercy of the tide in Lockwood Folly Inlet the afternoon of Dec. 5, he remained fearless.

    When Brown woke up in a bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington the next morning, he was still unafraid.

    Brown, who will turn 64 on Dec. 15, almost didn’t make it to his next birthday following his bout with Mother Nature.

  • Bureau seeks 25 percent homeowners insurance rate hike for county beaches

    Insurance companies want a 25 percent increase on Brunswick County homeowners insurance rates on or near the coast and 23.7 percent everywhere else.

    The number increases to a 40 percent rate hike proposed for Brunswick County renters and condominium owners, according to numbers the North Carolina Rate Bureau proposed to the state’s Department of Insurance.

  • Early hired as county economic development director

    The public/private nonprofit partnership in charge of Brunswick County’s economic development has hired Bill Early to serve as the new executive director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

    Brunswick County commissioners in July approved the partnership to serve as the county’s economic development organization, working with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Mulberry Branch bridge remains under construction

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, and the road that connects Whiteville Road and Smith Avenue, used by many residents as an alternative to Main Street in Shallotte, remains closed to traffic.

    Town Administrator Albert Hughes told Shallotte aldermen during their Dec. 5 meeting he thought the issue involved guardrails and they might be waiting on parts to be delivered.

  • Shallotte negotiates property swap with ABC Board

    SHALLOTTE — Town staff members are working with the ABC board to negotiate a property swap to move the ABC store across Wall Street for the alignment of Wall Street and Shallotte Avenue

    The ABC store is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Shallotte Avenue and Wall Street. But to align the streets, the ABC store building will have to be torn down.

  • Local residents protest federal tax plan

    A group of about 40 people from all over Brunswick County show up Dec. 7 at Congressman David Rouzer’s office in Bolivia to protest the federal government’s proposed tax plan, which they believe will hurt the middle class and harm the environment. Among the protest participants are members of Stand Up Brunswick and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team.

  • ‘Mermaid House’ makes a splash in Calabash

    CALABASH — When Terri Glover met wood craftsman Al Nord at a local artisan market, it was mermaid love at first sight.

    Eyeing a carved wooden mermaid on display at the Shallotte artist’s booth, “she asked me could I make a bigger mermaid,” Nord recalled. “Could I make it into a shutter? That’s what actually started the whole mermaid thing.”

  • Carolina Shores starts search for new commissioner

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have launched the process to recruit a replacement board member following the resignation of commissioner Mary Timothy at a Dec. 4 town workshop.

    At their monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, commissioners approved a resolution to start the search by getting out word among residents.

    “The goal is to get people who actually are potential candidates,” said Mayor Joyce Dunn, who sought guidance from the University of North Carolina School of Government and North Carolina League of Municipalities.

  • Education lottery’s Wilmington office moves to new site

    Lottery players in the Wilmington area looking to claim a big prize will pick up their checks in a new location in Wilmington. The new regional office and claims center will be located at 123 N. Cardinal Extension Drive, Suite 140, in Wilmington.

    Operations at the old office at Market Station, 5214 Market St., Suite 108, ended Dec. 7.

    All operations resumed at the North Cardinal Extension Drive location as of 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.