Local News

  • Three groups seek to name I-140 bridges in Brunswick County

    Naming the Interstate 140 bridges in Brunswick County could be a longer road with three submissions for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to consider.

    Former Brunswick County commissioner Bill Sue was the first to receive support, from current county board members and Leland’s town council in January, to name the bridge over the Cape Fear River after him, an effort started by his wife, Bidgie Sue.

  • Fraternity Profile: Freemasons



    Grand Lodge of NC

    District 12

    AF&AM Masonic Lodges

    (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)

    Brunswick County

    Pythagoras Lodge #249

    201 E. Nash St.


    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays (dinner 6:30 p.m.)

    Shallotte Lodge #727

    5072 Main St.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays

    Oak Island Lodge #758

    2408 E. Oak Island Dr.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays

  • Flood areas mapped in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town engineer Robert Tucker unveiled maps of the town’s flood-prone areas Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop.

    Tucker said in the last two weeks, the state has finally released two flood-plain maps for this area, adding they haven’t changed since August 2014.

    He distributed maps to commissioners, citing residential streets Sunfield Drive and Oakbark Court.

  • Annual flushing program to begin April 2

    Every year, Brunswick County and the municipalities and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program. Public utilities employees flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time.

    The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in discoloration and presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of short duration.

  • Lottery supports Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    The N.C. Education Lottery is supporting efforts this month to raise awareness about problem gambling and let those affected know that help is available.

  • Coastal Ambassador training March 14

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Southeast Coastal Ambassador training March 14 will focus on a series of stormwater retrofits installed along the John Nesbitt Loop in Wrightsville Beach that are designed to reduce the volume of polluted runoff that makes its way into local waters.

    The Coastal Ambassadors will take a Walk the Loop for Clean Water tour, which will begin at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Sunshine Week open house March 13 in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores is having Sunshine Week open house 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

    The town will conduct an educational program followed by an open-house tour of town facilities at the event.

  • Lane closures scheduled for Calabash River, G.V. Barbee bridges

    Repair work on the N.C. 179 Business bridge over the Calabash River in Brunswick County will require intermittent lane closures Thursday, March 8.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation crews will repair a washout on the approach to the bridge that was recently discovered during routine maintenance and inspection.

    The lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to misusing 911

    A Shallotte man accused of calling 911 to threaten to shoot firefighters and a police officer pleaded guilty to two of the charges he faced.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 57-year-old Joseph Franklin Cartrette of Pigott Road on two counts of communicating threats and a charge of 911 system misuse Dec. 18.

    District Court records show Cartrette pleaded guilty to two counts of 911 system misuse before Judge Pauline Hankins on Feb. 19, when the two counts of communicating threats he faced were voluntarily dismissed.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council votes 3-2 to fire town administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3 to 2 Monday night to terminate the employment of Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato voted to fire Parker, who has been with the town four years.

    Councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern voted against firing Parker.

    The vote at the March 5 meeting came amid a full-house crowd, with a number of residents speaking out against Parker’s firing after it had been rumored for days that was what was about to happen.