Local News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Train show drawing festive weekend crowds

    Model trains of all sizes are pulling into the station—the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Station, that is—as the department’s fourth annual Christmas Train Show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

    Now, trains overtake the entire station as hundreds turn out to view them.

  • Annual Toy Run to benefit 85 children

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts will make a 75-100 mile poker run and then spend the afternoon shopping at Walmart with local kids in need of some Christmas cheer on Dec. 12.

    The annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Toy Run will begin with registration from 7:30-11 a.m., followed by the bike ride at 11:30 a.m., according to organizer Jerome Munna.

    The winner of the best poker hand will win a two-night, three-day stay compliments of Ocean Isle Inn at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Brunswick Nature Park to open Friday, Dec. 5

    An old timber plantation between Belville and Southport off N.C. 133 has been revived as Brunswick County’s newest park, Brunswick Nature Park.

    Spanning more than 900 acres with Town Creek meandering through the property, Brunswick Nature Park is the county’s first park focused on passive recreation—walking, hiking, watching wildlife or just taking in nature.

    The park’s first phase is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 5, weather permitting, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.

  • First CrossFit Xmas dog beach runs to benefit Paws-Ability

    Don your Santa hat and reindeer antlers, load Fido and Lassie in the car and head down to the first CrossFit Christmas Challenge on Dec. 12.

    The event will be held on the beach at Sunset Beach and will feature a 5K run and a 1-mile dog jog on the beach at low tide.

    Prizes for the best holiday costumes will be given to the top three dogs, individuals and team entries.

    Participants in the 5K race will receive official event sweatshirts and a race packet featuring discount coupons from area merchants and sponsors.

  • BCC's Leland campus being reborn as EDC/workforce training center

    LELAND—Brunswick Community College’s Leland campus is undergoing a $500,000 renovation to become the center of industrial training for a number of industrial parks going up along U.S. 74-76. It will also be a presentation center for the county’s economic development commission (EDC).

    Velva Jenkins, BCC’s assistant vice president for economic and workforce development, explained the college’s goal for the makeover is to put more focus on training the workforce.

  • Passenger on parasailing boat during fatal incident files lawsuit

    A passenger on the Tied High, the parasailing boat on which two women were killed during a storm in August, has filed suit against the parasailing company on behalf of his four minor children. He claims they have suffered emotional distress since the incident.

    Robert Alan Whitman of New Jersey filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of his four children, all of whom are younger than 14.

  • Flooding, strong winds expected in storms Wednesday

    Strong rains are moving through Brunswick County Wednesday with estimated rainfall amounts of one to three inches.

    Some thunderstorms may turn severe late in the day Wednesday through Wednesday night.

    According to the National Weather Service, damaging winds and tornadoes with this storm system are possible. Ponding of water in low-lying and areas of poor drainage is expected.

  • Board tables decision on public records fees

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision on how much to charge individuals seeking public records.

    “We’ve not charged for anything whatsoever so far, and this didn’t really come about until there was a request for six months of information,” Superintendent Katie McGee said during last month’s policy committee meeting. “Once that occurred, it took a tremendous amount of time on staff.”

  • Board of education elects new chairperson

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new leader.

    Bud Thorsen was unanimously voted chairperson of the board Tuesday night after Shirley Babson withdrew her name from the nominations.

    “I first want to thank Ms. Babson for withdrawing her name,” Thorsen said. “It means a lot to have unity on the board, and it shows that she is very extremely sincere about that.”

  • Beach Assembly brings back ‘Bethlehem Live’

    Beginning Dec. 4, Brunswick County residents can experience Bethlehem with just a little trip down the road.

    For the third year, Beach Assembly of God will present “Bethlehem Live,” a drama that tells the story of Jesus Christ from the manager to His resurrection.

    More than 100 actors will re-enact stories from the Bible while dressed in period clothing. Townspeople will interact with the audience as they travel through Jerusalem.