Local News

  • Brunswick Community Hospital eliminates 18 positions

    SUPPLY—Eighteen employees have been laid off from Brunswick Community Hospital in recent weeks.

    Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said 15 positions were eliminated Wednesday, July 7. Prior to last week’s layoff, three leadership positions were eliminated the previous week—a manager, a director and a vice-president.

  • ‘What Made the Clock Rock’

    Songs that originally were broadcast live over radio airways more than half a century ago will be brought back to life in a musical revue at the historic Amuzu Theatre in downtown Southport.

  • Employee lawsuit against board of education dismissed in federal court

    A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Brunswick County Board of Education by an employee who claims violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was dismissed Friday, July 2.

    Board attorney Kathleen Turner Kennedy said the lawsuit filed by Brunswick County Schools employee Lorene Williams was dismissed in federal court, after the board was granted a summary judgment.

  • Representative recognized as ‘coastal champion’ of Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Trying to be inconspicuous and spend a relaxing day at the beach with his family, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre ditched his usual suit and tie and opted for a T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

    Yet despite his best efforts to blend in, beachgoers immediately spotted him and couldn’t wait to approach the congressman to personally thank him for his support in helping bring beach renourishment to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Widow still fighting for benefits after being denied seven times

    ASH—Kim Durland has meticulous records detailing her husband’s military service, health problems, hospitalizations and death. She keeps them on hand in the home the couple shared for seven years.

    She has kept these files not out of grief but out of necessity. Her husband was a Vietnam veteran who had a service-connected disability, and she has not been able to receive survivor benefits since his death.

  • Getting ready to ride

    SUNSET BEACH—Most weekday mornings, Cindy Nelson rises to ride her bicycle four and a half miles to work. Then she rides it home at the end of the day, opting for a 20-mile “long loop” two nights a week.

    On weekends, Nelson takes even longer, 35-mile round trips to the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She isn’t just saving gas and burning calories.

  • Lane closures across Brunswick River near Leland begin Sunday night

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have nighttime intermittent lane closures of the northbound lanes of U.S. 17/U.S. 76/N.C. 133 at the bridge across the Brunswick River near the town of Leland, beginning Sunday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 21. The closings will be from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. each night. It will end Thursday, July 22 at 5 a.m. Bridge maintenance will be performed during the closures.

    NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible, drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time.

  • Missing boater remembered as ‘great guy’ whose passion was fishing

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Thomas “Andy” Richmond was taking advantage of his retirement here by pursuing his lifelong passion of fishing.

    Unfortunately, Richmond never returned from his last solo fishing trip. On July 1, his unmanned 28-foot boat Heads or Tails was found washed up on the shore of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with its engines running at about 11:20 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard officials learned he had been reported missing in North Carolina several hours earlier.

  • National Flood Insurance Extension Act passes in U.S. Senate

    Members of the U.S. Senate on June 30 passed H.R. 5569, the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010. On July 2, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program was not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, were unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimated the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program stalled about 1,200 real estate closings each day.

  • State House upholds Senate ban on Internet sweepstakes; some business owners say it’s bad for the economy

    They’ve been springing up on nearly every corner in Brunswick County for the past couple of years, but as of Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes businesses may be out of business.

    On Wednesday, July 7, the N.C. House of Representatives voted 86-27 to approve the Senate’s ban on Internet sweepstakes establishments. The ban will go into effect Dec. 1.

    Business owners like Scott Buff of Oak Island, who owns four Internet Café and Sweepstakes locations, three in Brunswick County and one in Columbus County, aren’t happy about it.