Local News

  • ABCPOA Meet the Candidates night tonight at BCC

    Wednesday, Oct. 17, is Meet the Candidates Night in Brunswick County.

    That’s when the ABCPOA—Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association—is offering voters a chance to tune in to candidates’ responses to questions on the issues just weeks before the Nov. 6 General Election.

    ABCPOA’s fifth forum will start at 6 p.m. in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Jon Evans from WECT/Fox News will be moderator of this year’s forum.

  • Locals say no to insurance hike

    Local town boards, residents and the ABCPOA are vocal about a proposed homeowners insurance increase for this region of the state—they don’t want it, and they don’t think it’s fair.

    And they want concerned residents to register their comments before the deadline.

    A public hearing by the North Carolina Department of Insurance is scheduled for Oct. 17 for the proposed hike that targets the southeastern region of the state for the largest increases.

    Comments about the proposal can be submitted until Oct. 19.

  • "The Dickens Nobody Knows" Tuesday night at BCCOWA

    Brunswick Arts Council will present “The Dickens Nobody Knows,” featuring Dr. Elliot Engel, on Tuesday night, Oct. 9, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The event is part of the arts council’s upcoming Charles Dickens Christmas Festival on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Southport, when the town will be transformed into an authentic Dickensian-era, Victorian-style village.

  • Calabash commissioners meet Tuesday

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners will discuss and possibly take action regarding an idea and survey results to establish a senior center in Calabash.

    The matter is an agenda items for the board’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at town hall.

    The board is also supposed to schedule a public hearing Oct. 29 or 30 regarding a conditional use permit application by Cindy Morgan to use an existing drive-thru window at 10080 Beach Drive for a restaurant.

  • Sunset Beach Park public input meeting Thursday

    A public input meeting concerning the Sunset Beach Town Park design is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Sunset Beach Town Hall Council Chambers, 700 Sunset Blvd. N., Sunset Beach.

    During this meeting representatives with Withers & Ravenel, engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the town park, will present a revised park design including estimated costs of proposed amenities. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and offer comments on information provided.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson to play at BCC's OWA on Dec. 7

    Tickets for county music legend Willie Nelson's upcoming Dec. 7 concert in Brunswick County have sold out.

    Nelson's concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Brunswick Community College's Odell Williamson Auditorium in Supply.

    Auditorium director Mike Sapp anticipated tickets would sell fast. Ticket sales launched last Friday morning, Oct. 12, at the OWA box office and also online via the auditorium website at www.bccowa.com.

  • Two serious wrecks under investigation

    A one-vehicle wreck on Friday afternoon claimed the life of an Ash man and injured his passenger.

    Melvin Ray Hines, 58, of Ash, was killed on U.S. 17 near Red Bug Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

    According to Trooper Ransom with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Hines was driving a motorcycle with a passenger in the north-bound lane.

    “Traffic was flowing when he hit his brakes to stop in time,” Ransom said. “He ran off the road to the right and the motorcycle overturned. He and his passenger were ejected.”

  • Pink Party today in Sunset Beach

    The sixth annual Pink Party fundraiser to aid in the fight against breast cancer kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include a silent raffle and 50/50, along with pink cocktails and pink desserts.

    Show your support and wear pink.

    Twin Lakes Restaurant is at 102 Sunset Blvd.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate more than 10 percent

    For August, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent.

    That’s a minor dip from July when the county’s unemployment rate was at 11 percent. It was a little less than that, 10.9 percent, in June.

    For August, of the county’s 50,003 eligible workers, some 5,262 were unemployed. The county’s unemployment percentage exceeds the state’s unemployment rate for the same month, which was 9.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August 2011 was 11 percent.

  • Neighbors try to steal woman’s peace but its later restored


    She thought she’d never see her stuff again after “friends” turned out to be enemies, but a group of area detectives saved the day.

    At 83-years-old, Lillian Gray is always on the go. Most days she can be found in her garden, tending to her flowers or sitting on the porch. She enjoys being outside.

    “I’d rather stay out there (in the yard) than in here,” she said with a smile from inside her historic Shallotte-area home.