Local News

  • Residents concerned about taste of local water supply

    Several residents are questioning the safety of the local water supply, after reporting a "musty" taste and odor recently.

    Below is Brunswick County's Public Utilities Department's response. You can find out more at www.brunsco.net.

  • More federal beach projects, dredging funds coming to Brunswick

    On Wednesday, the United States Senate passed the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which includes $3.6 million in funding for North Carolina for navigation and energy efficiency projects.

    An additional $2.8 million was secured for North Carolina coastal projects.

  • Holden Beach disbands beach patrol, assigns officers to strand

    HOLDEN BEACH—The town manager has disbanded the beach patrol, consisting of three part-time employees, and assigned police officers to patrol the strand instead.

    “The board put money in [this year’s] operations budget to fund the police department to be out there,” town manager David Hewett said this week. “In the past, we hired part-time seasonal help.”

  • Remains positively identified as Alice Donovan's

    Remains recovered in January off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., have been positively identified as those of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002 by two Kentucky prison escapees.

    The remains—bone fragments and a human skull—have been positively identified as those of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday.

    Those findings were released last Friday following DNA testing at the University of North Texas, Kegler said.

  • Sunset Beach to get $3 million in sewer stimulus funds

    Sunset Beach is among towns slated to receive stimulus money to help with its wastewater treatment project.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles noted in a recent press release $3 million from the second round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards is earmarked for Sunset Beach.

    In addition, $3 million has been granted to the city of Southport for an additional pump station/force main to its wastewater treatment plant, and another $3 million to the town of Burgaw for wastewater system improvements.

  • Shallotte awards bids for fire truck, town hall additions

    Shallotte has awarded bids for a new fire pumper truck and additions and improvements to town hall.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board approved fire chief Paul Dunwell’s recommendation to award the $276,553 contract to Ferrara Fire Apparatus, which provides equipment to departments in Horry County, S.C., Dunwell said.

  • Decision on grievance made; board refuses to release details

    BOLIVIA—After meeting in three closed sessions in the past three weeks to discuss a grievance filed against Superintendent Katie McGee by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant, the Brunswick County Board of Education has reached a decision.

    But they won’t say what it is.

    After coming out of a four-hour closed session at a specially called meeting Thursday night, board chairwoman Shirley Babson said she could not release information on the board’s decision citing personnel laws.

  • Fire departments respond to overturned boat call

    The Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a report of an overturned boat on the east end of the Sunset Beach at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. They later found that the boat’s owner was already safe on shore.

    Two responders from Sunset Beach and one from Ocean Isle were injured during the search for the boater, according to Sunset Beach Assistant Chief Scott Bookout, but have recovered.

  • Shallotte and Supply fires spark investigations

    Two "suspicious fires" are under further investigation, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    A residential fire on Market Street in Wildwood Village in Shallotte is being investigated, after a suspect threw an unknown fuel on the back of the house Friday. According to the incident report, the fire caused $200 worth of damage to the wood siding.

    On Sunday, a suspect set fire to objects in the back of a truck located at a residence on Alvin Street in Supply, causing $500 worth of damage to the 1985 Chevy pick-up.

  • 'The Music Man' to open Aug. 7, run for two weekends

    Directors of Brunswick Little Theatre’s “The Music Man” set three goals for the 67-person musical cast during a recent rehearsal: act with energy, minimize outside conversation and go through every scene without stopping.

    The cast seemed ready to tackle their instructions and launched into a quick run-through of the song “Ya Got Trouble” before starting the scene from the top.