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  • OIB to shop for fire truck after grant application fails

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After three tries at a fire truck grant failed, Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed at Tuesday morning’s meeting to look at funding a new truck.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho told commissioners an application for a grant to purchase a new ladder truck was denied in September. Previous attempts to secure grant funding in 2014 and 2015 were also unsuccessful.

    Yoho asked the board to approve considering cost and financing options to proceed with a truck purchase.

  • OIB Publix plan must meet environmental standards

    Plans for the proposed Publix at Ocean Isle Beach will have to address environmental impacts before they can proceed.

    Halpern Development Co. LLC applied for Army Corps of Engineers’ (ACE) authorization to fill wetlands and streams for the commercial and retail space for the Ocean Isle Beach Marketplace at the southeast intersection of Ocean Isle Beach Road (N.C. 904) and Beach Drive (N.C. 179) on the mainland.

  • Former wrestling champ speaks to students about happiness, choices

    ASH — Today, Marc Mero is a professional wrestler and former WWE star, with fights against the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin under his belt, and another successful career as a motivational speaker.

    But in the early 1960s, Mero lived as a poor kid in Buffalo, N.Y., with his divorced mother in an apartment, writing down his hopes and dreams in a notebook he kept in a broken desk in his room, including his desire to become a rookie of the year in pro sports as well as a published author.

  • Coast Guard rescues two in Shallotte

    The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday, Oct. 8, from a boat run aground in the Lockwood Folly River in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Sector North Carolina watchstanders received an alert at 8 p.m. about two people stranded on a marshy island after their fishing vessel Kokopia ran aground, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

  • Fire destroys mobile home in Supply

    No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Supply on Sunday, Oct. 9.

    Supply Volunteer Fire chief Bill Bailey said the call about the fire on Pearl Way came in at 8 p.m., with crews arriving at 8:08 p.m. No one was home at the time.

    Bailey said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    Personnel from Civietown Volunteer Fire Department, Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill Fire Department and Tri-Beach VFD Station 1 also responded.

  • Tabor City man drowns in hurricane floodwaters

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the search and rescue team tasked with finding a 70-year-old Tabor City man who died as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Danny Gale Chestnutt’s truck was found overturned in floodwaters near Gores Chapel on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Columbus County. His body was discovered about 50 feet from 7 Creeks Highway in Nakina at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Columbus County Assistant Coroner William Hannah said.

  • Supply man accused of secretly filming another person

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of using his cell phone to film someone without their permission.

    David Bredeen, 50, of Sea Trace Lane was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 5, and charged with felony secretly/using installing a photographic imaging.

    Warrants show Bredeen used a cell phone in his home to film another person there without their consent for sexual purposes.

  • UPDATE: Brunswick Electric works to restore power to remaining outages

    Power is back on for a majority of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members affected Hurricane Matthew.

    The co-op is working diligently to finish restoring electricity to approximately 8,000 service locations.

    BEMC is rerouting power, or backfeeding, to provide power to those affected while repairing damaged distribution and transmission lines, circuits, substations as well as other infrastructure.

  • UPDATE: Schools reopen Thursday

     Brunswick County Schools will reopen for students Thursday, Oct. 13.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said that on Wednesday, Oct. 12, buses were out in the county to test if roads were passable enough to call school back into session. 

  • National Weather Service updates hurricane forecast

    A hurricane warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina to the South Santee River in South Carolina including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties and Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina The warning is also in effect for the adjacent coastal and offshore waters.

    A tropical storm warning has been extended farther inland and now includes Columbus, Robeson and Bladen counties and Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.