Local News

  • Town Creek headwaters tract to be restored

    The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust announced it has recently received a 640-acre conservation easement, the first of three planned for the headwaters of Town Creek in Brunswick County. The conservation easements are a key component of a wetland mitigation bank being established for the property by Resource Management Service LLC (“RMS”) under guidance provided by the Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Rouzer announces Senior Resource Fairs

    Congressman David Rouzer has announced two Senior Resource Fairs for seniors in North Carolina’s 7th District: one in Smithfield and one in Southport. These Senior Resource Fairs serve as an opportunity to link constituents with representatives from the Social Security Administration, Brunswick County Health Department, Johnston County Health Department and local senior centers.

  • Orton Foundation awards $50,000 grant to Oceana

    Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation has awarded Oceana a second $50,000 grant dedicated to its campaign to prevent offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic coast, including the sensitive coastal regions of North Carolina. The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, supports conservation nonprofits that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies.

  • Four inches of rain causes flooding, forces road closures

    A month after a historic rainfall soaked Brunswick County and flooded its roads, county officials found themselves addressing similar problems Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for southeastern North Carolina just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. A flood warning means “flooding is imminent or has been reported.”

    By 1 p.m., some areas of the county received more than 4 inches of rainfall, said Steve Pfaff, warning coordinator meteorologist for NWS in Wilmington.

  • Leland announces street parking permit holiday deadlines

    The Leland parking permit application deadline is Friday, Nov. 13, for residents expecting visitors for Thanksgiving.

    To assist residents with parking permits during the holidays, the town of Leland is offering an online application submission. Contact Yulia Blankenship at parkingpermits@townofleland.com or 371-0148 for more information.

    Other holiday parking permit deadlines: Christmas by Friday, Dec. 11, New Year’s Eve by Friday, Dec. 18.

  • Review of 2009 Leland Master Plan to begin

    Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Leland planning board will revisit the 2009 Leland Master Plan to discuss some key questions over four days, including: Has the experience of the last half-decade given us (the board) a clearer view of what’s ahead for our region? Anything different about Leland’s aspirations? Our capacities?

    All meetings will be at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland.

  • County commends October rainfall, flood responders

    Brunswick County commissioners said thank you to the myriad county, municipal and other government agency employees, as well as community members, for their work responding to the Oct. 2-6 heavy rains and flooding.

    Brunswick County received extremely heavy rainfall, with more than 22 inches of rain in some areas that led to potentially life-threatening flooding. It left many roads impassable and structurally undermined others, resulting in the evacuation of about 500 residents.

  • Foreign language students complete Day of the Dead crash course

     SHALLOTTE — For most students, Friday, Oct. 30, was a normal school day.

    For students taking Spanish II at West Brunswick High School, it was a Day of the Dead.

    Last week, foreign language students at North Brunswick, South Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools completed a week-long study of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos.

  • Fire destroys oceanfront Oak Island home on Halloween night

     An oceanfront home on Oak Island was destroyed during a fire Saturday evening, Oct. 31.

    The three-story house at 6617 W. Beach Drive was “totally engulfed” when the first fire crews arrived just after 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said. An adjacent house at 6621 W. Beach Drive also sustained damage from the fire.

    The residents of the home were trick-or-treating when the fire began, Anselmo said.

  • Cedar Grove native aims to be community health care ‘H.E.A.R.O’

     Having grown up in the Cedar Grove community, ShaKema Morgan has known for quite some time there’s a need for better health care opportunities in Brunswick County.

    Now a 26-year-old college graduate with a master’s degree, Morgan is making her dream of providing those needs a reality as she prepares to launch her nonprofit Nov. 7 in the same community where she grew up.