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  • Brunswick County commissioners, GOP fight against forced annexation

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has followed the lead of the county’s Republican Party in adopting a resolution condemning forced annexation and urging the state to enact legislation to end the practice.

    Last month, the GOP’s executive committee adopted a resolution condemning involuntary annexation and sent it to the governor, state House and Senate, Brunswick County commissioners and various town boards throughout the state.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Spotlight seeker

    Fourth-grade Union Elementary School student Dylan Bland did not know who Michael Jackson was until this summer when the King of Pop’s death stole national headlines.

    “On the news, I was going to baseball practice one day, and they said Michael Jackson was dead,” Bland said. “So I started listening to his songs, and I really liked them, and I keep listening to his songs every day.”

  • Teen arrested for driving around with dead friend in car

    WINNABOW—A Leland teenager has been charged with obstruction of justice after police say he drove around northern Brunswick County with his deceased friend in the passenger seat of the car.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the cause of 23-year-old John Ferguson’s death on Sept. 9 was undetermined, pending the results of an autopsy, but was likely a drug overdose.

  • Lane closures today on Ocean Isle Beach bridge

    Lane closures will be experienced throughout today until about 3 p.m. on the bridge at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be performing a bridge inspection during that time.

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

    For more information, visit www.ncdot.org. Click on “Road Conditions” and then use the drop-down menu for the appropriate county or route.

  • Lane closures, delays for U.S. 17/74/76 bridge later this month

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will perform bridge maintenance on the bridge at U.S. 17/74/76 across N.C. 133 beginning on Monday, Sept. 28, through Thursday, Oct. 1.

    Work is expected to take place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

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

    For more information, visit www.ncdot.org. Click on “Road Conditions” and then use the drop-down menu for the appropriate county or route.

     

  • Holden Beach bridge to be inspected

    There will be intermittent lane closures and possible delays on the Holden Beach bridge as the North Carolina Department of Transportation conducts bridge inspections this week.

    The inspection will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 and is expected to last through Friday, Sept. 18. The inspections will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

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

  • Ten years later: Residents, officials recall impact of Hurricane Floyd

    Sept. 17 marks 10 years since Hurricane Floyd paid its horrific visit to the Carolina coast, creating a flood like none ever seen in Brunswick County and causing millions of dollars in damage

    The Category 3 hurricane caused the most flooding in inland areas, specifically Shallotte, where the Shallotte River flooded its banks for the first time in anyone’s memory. It stranded people in homes and parking lots and caused major damage to local businesses.

  • Storm's arrival coincides with another big event for Shallotte couple

    A little more than eight months pregnant in September of 1999, Susan Rutter of Shallotte was not due to have her baby until Oct. 2.

    The arrival of Hurricane Floyd, however, must have changed all that, because the day after the storm wreaked havoc on the Brunswick County coast, the baby wasn’t going to wait.

    The morning of Sept. 18, after Floyd moved through the county, Rutter went into labor.

  • Students give warm welcome to Team Hope for the Warriors

    SUPPLY—Nearly 700 cheering and clapping students greeted Team Hope for the Warriors at the entrance to Virginia Williamson Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

    As part of the team’s 9/11 Hope Ride, the warriors stopped by the school before heading to a luncheon at Winding River Plantation. The 9/11 Hope Ride began last Wednesday at Camp Lejeune and ended Saturday in Oak Island.

  • Businessman lobbying for changes to Main Street bridge

    Watching Hurricane Floyd result in flooding like he’d never seen before—causing more than $1 million in damage to his family’s business on Main Street—has made Al Milliken of Shallotte Electric Stores that much more wary of possible flooding in downtown Shallotte.

    His family’s company realized the importance of having flood insurance after Hurricane Floyd dumped 16 inches of rain in Shallotte and flooded several roads and damaged the store.