Local News

  • County escapes weekend snowfall

    Despite some slight precipitation and bitterly cold temperatures, Brunswick County was spared from last weekend’s snowfall over the Carolinas.

    “Farther inland, mainly Charlotte and north of Raleigh, 8 to 12 inches fell in some places,” said Steven Pfaff, warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “That’s why we were concerned people traveling out of the area might be getting impacts. Impacts were expected to be elsewhere for the most part.”

  • SBHS seniors honor Judge Hankins for mentoring

    BOLIVIA — Five years ago, she gave them a trip to the nation’s Capital. What she didn’t realize is that her gift to them had more influence than she knew.

    And to show their appreciation, two of the students Brunswick County District Court Judge Pauline Hankins took to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2011 through her Jubilee Outreach program thanked her by holding a luncheon for her Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse. 

  • OIB residents complain about eminent domain settlement

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Residents complained during Tuesday’s town board meeting about a mediated settlement in the town’s eminent domain lawsuit with OIP Beach NC LLC development company.

    The agreement allows the developer to have a 20,000-square-foot lot along Causeway Drive between Gatha Lane and East Second Street and retain a $1.25 million payment for the property, while the town keeps the rest of the property between Gatha Lane and East Second Street next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Cannon found in Cape Fear near Brunswick Town could be linked to site’s history

    Another piece of Brunswick Town history has come up from the bottom of the Cape Fear River.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site historian, said Norfolk Dredging Co. was working on maintenance along the Cape Fear River channel Dec. 21 when they discovered an eight-foot long, 18th Century cannon.

    “They use one of those clamshell devices that scoops material out of the water. It was in the clamshell,” McKee said. “It was an oops.”

  • Sunset Beach considers request for summer beach police officer

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has tabled until its next meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 17, a request for a temporary summer beach-patrol police officer.

    Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith submitted a cost analysis for the patrol that was reviewed by council members at their first meeting of the new year Monday, Jan. 9.

    The cost of outfitting one officer working eight hours per day at a rate of $15 an hour for 140 days of the season would be $19,407.

  • Storm, floodplain sessions scheduled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Post-storms and post-flooding, the town has scheduled two public sessions later this month to address both issues that have inundated the town.

    A storm-ready community training session with the National Weather Service is set for next Thursday, Jan. 19. The 10 a.m. session at town hall will address weather events and severe weather events, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

  • Foster dogs get royal treatment at Bolivia pet boarding facility

    BOLIVIA — Several rescued dogs aren’t on the regular roster of canine guests checking in at Adam’s Folly Bed & Biscuit, but they receive an equal amount of attention and care.

  • Surf City man dies after fall in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — A Surf City man died over the weekend in Holden Beach after falling from a balcony into a Dumpster.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne identified the man 58-year-old William Niederberger on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

    Emergency crews were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, to a rental home at 413 Ocean Blvd. W. and discovered Niederberger’s body in the receptacle beneath one of the building’s two front balconies, Brunswick County medical examiner Dr. Mark Hanna said.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities reported a discharge of untreated wastewater Monday, Jan. 9, from a 10-inch force main across the street from 9097 Timber Lane in Leland, according to a county news release.

    The leak occurred from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. with repairs completed at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    It is believed about 40,000 gallons reached the underground drainage system which leads to Sturgeon Creek with an additional 10,000 gallons removed by Vac-truck.

  • Brunswick Coalition talks Medicaid transportation

    Brunswick County Social Services director Catherine Lytch provided a refresher on Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) to the Brunswick Coalition during its Jan. 9 meeting.

    The Brunswick Coalition was established when county leaders, including health directors, nurses, community volunteers, substance abuse counselors and student interns from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington gathered two years ago to establish a community initiative targeting drug abuse, especially prescription misuse, in Brunswick County.