Local News

  • Closures, cancellations

    Brunswick County Schools as well as county offices and the courthouse will be closed Monday, Oct. 5, due to continued rain and flooding in the region. Schools will be closed for students and staff.

  • BHO launches awareness program to prevent falls by seniors

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Housing Opportunities (BHO) has launched an awareness program Sept. 23 to prevent the elderly from falling in their homes.

    The Home S.A.F.E. Initiative is a comprehensive, statewide senior home safety assessment and modification program led by the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (NCACDC) and the CED Network, an integrated coalition of community-based service delivery organizations, in partnership with USDA Rural Development and North Carolina AARP.

  • Residents speak for and against Holden Beach terminal groin

    HOLDEN BEACH — The public had its say before the Army Corps of Engineers at a Sept. 24 public hearing on Holden Beach’s plan to build a terminal groin.

    The meeting is part of the 45-day public comment period on the terminal groin Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public comment period ends Oct. 13.

    Col. Kevin Landers, district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, told the audience of about 100 residents and property owners the information is gathered from the public to help decide whether to approve or deny the terminal groin permit.

  • Agents arrest two men on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents have arrested two men on drug charges in separate investigations prompted by community tips and complaints, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Wet winter expected thanks to El Niño

    Meteorologists are predicting a wet, but not especially cold, winter for Brunswick County.

    Meteorologist Tim Armstrong of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an El Niño is expected to continue through the upcoming winter and into the spring of 2016.

    El Niño is a warming of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean and the overlying atmosphere, but has global weather impacts with changes in temperature and precipitation patterns across the planet, Armstrong wrote.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Shallotte street

     A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being brushed by a truck on Mulberry Street in Shallotte on Sept. 18.

    Stacey Manning was crossing Mulberry Street on her way to Wing and Fish Company two weeks ago when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by Juan Corona, Shallotte police Lt. Robert Gravino said.

    Emergency personnel responded to the collision and treated Manning’s minor injuries at the scene, Gravino said.

  • Southport man accused of assault, ethnic intimidation

     A Southport man accused of assaulting a man based on the victim’s ethnicity faces various misdemeanor charges in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged 51-year-old Kenneth Scott Edwards with assault with a deadly weapon, ethnic intimidation, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer Sept. 19.

  • Inmate escapee’s girlfriend pleads guilty, sentenced to 10 days in jail

     The girlfriend of the man who escaped from county jail in January pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to her role in the escape.

    Caitlin Olivia Moyer faced two counts of harboring an escapee from a county or municipal facility after being accused of aiding her boyfriend, William Hewett, during his escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Moyer pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and received an active sentence of 10 days in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage said.

  • County conducts medicine dispensing exercise at SBHS

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — Motorists, one by one, lined up their vehicles in the parking lot of South Brunswick High School on Monday morning as county officials dispensed antibiotics to treat infections caused by a mock bioterrorism attack.

    Brunswick County Health and Human Services conducted the training exercise, simulating an incident in which masses of people the county were infected by tularemia, a mosquito-borne illness.

  • Eighth-graders go to the ‘extreme’ during STEM tour

     CEDAR GROVE —  Cedar Grove Middle School eighth-graders learned quite a bit without stepping foot into a classroom Tuesday.

    The entire eighth-grade class learned how turfgrass management operations work at a golf course and how airplanes function at two Brunswick County businesses Sept. 29 as part of the school district’s 2015 Extreme STEM Tour.

    STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an applied, real-world approach.