Local News

  • DENR recommends no more emissions tests

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is recommending the state eliminate vehicular emissions testing in more than two dozen counties, including Brunswick County, in 2016.

    Emissions tests are required in 48 counties for most cars and lightweight trucks at a cost of $16.40 each.

    Citing improved air quality, DENR secretary Donald R. van der Vaart said last month eliminating testing can be done without harming air quality or violating federal standards.

  • Memorial Day: Annual services remember those who paid ultimate sacrifice

    Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    In the days and weekend leading up to Memorial Day, it’s also a time when local veterans will be distributing red paper poppies for donations at local businesses to honor those who lost their lives in the line of service as well as those currently serving in United States armed forces.



  • Sunset Beach focuses on park work, costs

    SUNSET BEACH — To date, $687,246 has been spent on the new Sunset Beach Town Park from a total budgeted amount of $961,000.

    The total includes anticipated revenues of $418,000 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) money and $4,980 in Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grants, plus $538,020 in appropriated fund balance.

    Those were some of the numbers outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, May 19.

  • NCDOT to host meeting May 21 on proposed OIB roundabout

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to address improvements to the existing N.C. 904/N.C. 179/Ocean Isle Beach Road intersection in Ocean Isle Beach, where a roundabout is proposed, on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    This public meeting will be in an open house format without a formal presentation at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, at 3 W. Third St.

  • Kindred Spirit back in business

    It took a team of dedicated volunteers to restore the Kindred Spirit site to its original glory.

    Last Thursday morning, May 14, the team trekked down to the popular notebook-writing spot on Bird Island to right the wrong caused by Tropical Storm Ana when the May 10 storm blew through, sweeping away the renowned Kindred Spirit mailbox, its bench and American flag and bending the flagpole.

    After a search, the damaged mailbox was found as was the bench, which had been washed almost down to the Little River, S.C., jetties.

  • Six months later: Lung transplant patient breathing easier upon happy homecoming

    SHALLOTTE — Buddy Norris was definitely breathing easier.

    Nearly six months after receiving double-lung transplant surgery and intensive follow-up treatment in Atlanta, the Shallotte sign-maker is finally back home.

    Norris, 52, returned to his residence with his wife, Amy, this past Saturday, May 16, from Atlanta, where he had been living since undergoing surgery at Emory University Hospital just days before Thanksgiving last November.

  • Navassa teen reported missing found safe

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a Navassa teen reported missing endangered.

    Micheal Arthur Hook, 16, was last seen on Ivester Court carrying a blue sleeping bag and was believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment and was found safe.

    The center, which issued the alert Tuesday afternoon, canceled it late Tuesday night.

  • Oak Island man dies in N.C. 211 collision

    A third person has died since the beginning of May in a crash on N.C. 211.

    The latest fatality occurred about 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, near the RiverSea development, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Mark Gore said.

    The driver of a mid-size hatchback, 31-year-old Kenneth Paul Minnillo of Oak Island, crossed the center line, struck a concrete utility pole and died at the scene, Gore said.

  • Officials say railroad track likely sparked wildfire

    The probable cause of a wildfire that burned nearly 500 acres damaged five homes and forced evacuations in three neighborhoods near Northwest last month is a nearby railroad track.

    No one was injured during the fire or evacuation and no homes were destroyed, but the N.C. Forest Service report estimated the damage at $980,000.

  • Calabash teen reported missing found safe

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies said a 16-year-old Calabash girl last seen Saturday night, May 16, has been found safe.

    Spring Johnson of Cedar Tree Lane was located, though no other details were available from a Monday morning, May 18, news release.