Local News

  • N.C. insurance commissioner calls June hearing for proposed increase

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a hearing about a proposal to increase homeowners insurance rates by as much as 30 percent for this area.

    The insurance companies, represented by the N.C. Rate Bureau, have requested an overall average increase of 17.7 percent in rates statewide. The proposed hike targets the southeastern region of the state for the largest increases— about 30 percent—for territory 8 encompassing Brunswick County.

    Goodwin has said proposed rates seem to be excessive and unfairly discriminatory.

  • Halloween event cancelled at Old Sunset Beach Bridge

    Halloween at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge has been cancelled. As Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast, bringing all-day rain and wind, the Old Bridge Preservation Society has cancelled the Halloween event that had been planned Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Brunswick County upgraded to Tropical Storm Watch


    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has upgraded Brunswick County to a tropical storm watch. A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Storm Watch in Brunswick County

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County is preparing for tropical storm force conditions as a result of Hurricane Sandy passing offshore.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

    “The Emergency Operations Center will be operating at a condition three,” Marzano said.  “This means the EOC is on hot standby. If we feel the need to activate it we can press the button and activate.”

  • Hurricane Sandy inflicts minor damages on Brunswick County

    As she heads north to make a more memorable landfall, Hurricane Sandy’s visit past Brunswick County this past weekend brought minimal damages, local officials said Monday.

    “Other than a couple of the towns that may be assessing beach erosion issues, we are not aware of anything structural,” said Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano.

    The county’s emergency operations center operated at Level 3 throughout the weekend, meaning the EOC was on “hot standby” and ready to activate if needed.

  • Storm postpones weekend events

    Due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy, at least two planned weekend events have been postponed.

    The Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival originally planned for Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte has been postponed until 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10.

    Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea celebration scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Nov. 17 and 18.

    A decision was made Thursday afternoon to postpone the annual two-day event at a meeting of the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association.

  • State’s September unemployment rate at 9.6 percent

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point in September to 9.6 percent, but remains greater than the national unemployment rate for the same time.

    The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.8 percent.

    The state’s September unemployment rate is 1.1-percentage point lower than a year ago.

    In North Carolina, the number of people employed (smoothed seasonally adjusted) increased by 29,232 to 4,225,436 during the month, and by 61,656 during the year.

  • Elections: Economic growth, veterans and reform focus for U.S. House candidates

    The federal government needs to get out of the way.

    That was the message from David Rouzer, R-Benson, who is challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for District 7.

    Rouzer was in Brunswick County last Wednesday participating in the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Elections: County commissioner candidates square off on issues at forum

    They say they love Brunswick County and they’re fighting for a chance to represent you in county government.

    Last Wednesday, Brunswick County commissioner incumbent for District 4, Scott Phillips, R-Leland, sat on a panel with District 5 contenders Michael Ballard, D-Leland, and Frank Williams, R-Leland, as part of the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical storm conditions possible for Carolinas

    Hurricane Sandy will move northward through the Bahamas on Friday, bringing tropical storm conditions to the east coast of Florida.
    Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Carolinas on Saturday and Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Sandy is expected to turn toward the northeast on Saturday, followed by a turn to the northwest early next week, with direct impacts expected for the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast U.S.
    A high rip current risk is in effect through Saturday morning for coastal Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.