Local News

  • Shrine club building damaged in Sunday fire

    A shortage in air conditioner wiring caused a fire that destroyed part of the Brunswick County Shrine Club in Bolivia Sunday morning. No one was injured.

    Donna Caton, whose husband James is the Shrine Club president, said the club was being rented for an event, and someone attending the event noticed the smoke and called the fire department.

  • Lightning causes fire at Ocean Isle Beach house

    A house on Ocean Isle Beach caught fire last week after it was hit by lightning.

    According to chief Bobby Yoho of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department, lightning hit a house on Egret Court in the Island Park area Thursday, July 8, and caused fire to shoot out of an electrical socket.

    Renters were home at the time lightning struck, but Yoho said all got out OK and there were no injuries.

  • 'Weave Through Time' Saturday at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will present “Weave Through Time" this Saturday.

    Visitors can learn about conservation techniques for historic textiles and bring in their own if they have questions or need advice on how to preserve them.

    Ben Tart, who has been reproducing historic clothing and flags since the 1980s, will give two presentations on dying textiles at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • After 12 years, resident becomes U.S. citizen

    Cathy Duthie has lived in the United States for more than 12 years. Originally from Canada, she said she never really thought about becoming an American citizen until about four years ago.

    “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do, and it took a lot of thought,” she said. “It’s a very emotional thing to give up your allegiance to one country and give it to another.”

  • Immigrants become citizens at naturalization ceremony

    Southport—Last Sunday, Mary Claire Njeri took her oath of citizenship surrounded by her family—many of whom had traveled from Nairobi, Kenya, to share the moment with her.
    “This is how I roll now,” she said to her family as she held up her certificate of citizenship.
    Njeri and 124 other people from all over the world gathered in on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston in Southport to take the oath of allegiance to become American citizens.

  • Govdeals lets government agencies sell surplus, seized items

    It’s the eBay of government agencies.

    Govdeals.com in an auction-based website that provides a place for government agencies to sell surplus or seized items.

    Similar to other auction sites, users can register for free, search available items and place bids on ones they wish to purchase.

    Although sellers are government agencies, the website is open to anyone wanting to bid on items. Items range from vehicles to computer equipment to musical instruments and jewelry.

  • Shallotte gives ‘blessing’ to Family Days planned for Sept. 9-12

    Some Shallotte residents have formed a nonprofit organization and are planning to sponsor four days of “Family Fun” including rides, games, vendors and local businesses exhibiting their “wares.”

    Stan Rogoff, representing Brunswick Family Day Fair and Expo, a newly formed group of Shallotte residents, asked the board of aldermen Tuesday night to provide police, fire, water, tables, chairs and bleachers, as well as supplemental insurance for the event. It is scheduled for Sept. 9-12 in front of Planet Fun on Whiteville Road.

  • Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years with community event

    WINNABOW—Members of the Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department are getting ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and they’re inviting the community to join them.

    Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department Chairman Richard Love, who has been chairman of the all-volunteer department for more than 25 years, said department officials wanted to give the community an opportunity to meet the volunteers in the department in a non-emergency situation.

  • Commissioners OK Ocean Isle Beach Park amphitheater rental fees

    BOLIVIA—The Ocean Isle Beach Park has yet to officially open its gates to the public, but in preparation, county commissioners on Tuesday approved a rental agreement and fee structure for the park’s amphitheater.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the approved fee of $500 per day for residents and $1,000 per day for non-residents was for reserved daylong use.

    “This is if somebody wants to bring a group in, hold a gate and have it reserved for the entire day with their name on it,” Pryor told commissioners.

  • Stiff EPA regulations could halt county, municipal mosquito-spraying operations

    BOLIVIA—New stricter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, slated to take effect April 2011, could halt county and municipal mosquito-spraying operations if implemented because of increased costs, hefty fines and even jail time for noncompliance.