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Local News

  • Jennies Branch bridgework

    Work on a new bridge in the Jennies Branch area continues on schedule, a site foreman said Monday at the closed-off section of N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach. The road, slated to re-open to traffic May 15, was closed in November to make way for bridge replacement and roadwork between Brookhollow Drive and Jennies Branch Baptist Church. Signs on either side of the bridge direct motorists to a detour onto Hale Swamp Road.

  • No Port’s dredging study: Costs outweigh benefits

    No Port Southport analyzes every aspect of the creation of the new container terminal planned for 600 undeveloped acres near Southport.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received $96,000 in federal funding to study the feasibility of dredging a new channel from the terminal site to the east of the existing 42-foot channel, but one No Port member has completed his own study to determine the cost-benefit ratio of the dredging project.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z says no to bond release

    CAROLINA SHORES—A requested bond reduction for The Farm at Brunswick failed to garner approval of the town planning and zoning board Monday.

    Developers were seeking release of a $120,000 bond for phases 5 and 7 of the residential community off U.S. 17, town building inspector Jean Crowley said.

    Board member Jim Parsch has driven through the community and had concerns about the area in question.

    “I notice the road looked like what I call ‘skim coat’ to me,” he said at the monthly P&Z meeting.

  • Tree planting in Carolina Shores

    Second-graders from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School gather ‘round for the town of Carolina Shores’ Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony last Friday, March 20, at town hall. A red maple tree was planted. 

  • Sunset Beach sewer petitions pouring in

    SUNSET BEACH—More than half the petitions needed to request an extended sewer payback plan have been returned by property owners, an organizer of the effort said Tuesday.

    Carol Scott said so far, signed petitions from both full-time residents and out-of-town property owners have been returning to town hall by the hundreds since the effort was launched two weeks ago.

  • Honor those who help children during Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team will sponsor its third annual flower launch from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    In the past, the event had a solemn tone, focusing on children who died as a result of abuse in North Carolina the previous year.

  • Brunswick County dips to 28th among the country's fastest growing counties

    Brunswick County has once again made the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country.

    But this time, Brunswick County, which once enjoyed the 14th and 17th spots on the Census Bureau list, has fallen to 28. With its population estimated at 103,160 people, Brunswick County’s population increase last year now ranks 28th in the country and third in the state.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics Center set to open Sunday

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center will be open to the public beginning Sunday, March 22.

    The 55,000-square-foot facility, on the main campus of BCC in Supply, has a gymnasium, a fitness center, a 4,500-square-foot, 25-yard lap pool, a 1,584 square-foot therapy pool, an aerobics studio, and an elevated track. The center also offers amenities such as drop-in babysitting, locker rooms, and concessions.

    Membership information and rates are available at www.brunswickcc.edu.

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  • Commissioners uphold schools' funding agreement

    BOLIVIA—The question of whether the county would continue its current schools funding agreement weighed heavy on the faces of school board members on the last day of the commissioners’ three-day budget retreat.

    But commissioners approved continuing the current 36.5 percent funding agreement with one major change to the agreement—the schools would now share the county’s deficit.

  • Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show

     A large crowd turned out for the first day of this weekend's Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show on Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    The show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday with a wide variety of home and garden vendors addressing everything from air cleaners and bath and kitchen remodeling to landscaping, plants, sunrooms, tile and windows.