Local News

  • County releases latest GenX test results

    Brunswick County released the latest GenX testing results from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday as part of a series of updates since the chemical’s manufacturer stopped wastewater discharge in the Cape Fear River, from which the county draws its drinking water.

    Water samples taken Sept. 14 from raw water entering the NWTP had GenX levels of 20.3 parts per trillion, Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. Tests on the finished water showed levels of 25.9 parts per trillion.

  • County OKs youth football travel team equipment loan

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will allow a team of 10- to 11-year-old Brunswick Youth Football League players to use county equipment for a national football tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., despite concerns of setting a precedent for loaning county property.

    “Be aware, you will have others come (to you) with good causes,” County Manager Ann Hardy said during the commissioners’ agenda meeting Monday afternoon.

  • Out of the ashes: Sunset Beach couple returns to new home after island fire

    SUNSET BEACH — More than a year after a fire destroyed their island home and all their belongings, Greg and Ann Jensen have finally settled back into a brand new house at their East Main Street address.

    “We couldn’t be happier,” Ann Jensen said as she and her husband, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April, sat in the great room inside the new house built by Ernest G. Crews Construction Co. of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Sunset Beach park rules set for possible action Oct. 17

    SUNSET BEACH — After combing through details of proposed changes in park rules, Sunset Beach Town Council voted Monday night to set a $175 fee for each “high impact” event in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilman John Corbett cast a dissenting vote at the Oct. 2 meeting.

    Council members also took a closer look at a wedding policy and agreed to continue discussion and possible action on the ongoing issue at the board’s next meeting Oct. 17.

  • Carolina Shores returns to regular hours at recycle center

    CAROLINA SHORES — Less than three weeks after changing hours, town commissioners voted Monday to return to regular hours at the town recycling center.

    Commissioners indicated at their monthly workshop Oct. 2 they will take a closer look at the hours next spring.

    Commissioners voted at their Sept. 14 meeting to change hours at the recycling center to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Their vote Tuesday returns hours to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. those two days. The center is also open 7 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Underage alcohol sales cited at four Sunset Beach businesses

    Employees at four Sunset Beach businesses have been cited for underage alcohol sales following an investigation by the Sunset Beach Police Department in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

    Sunset Beach detectives with assistance from SBI agents conducted alcohol compliance checks at several Sunset Beach businesses Sept. 22.

    Chief Kenneth Klamar said detectives sent an informant younger than 21 into local businesses to try to buy alcoholic beverages.

  • Officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Oct. 11

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Oct. 11, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at full-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • AARP tax program seeks volunteers

    The AARP Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers to prepare and electronically file federal and state returns for both North Carolina and South Carolina taxpayers. Adult volunteers of all ages are welcome.

  • N.C. Forest Service offers wildfire prevention tips

    As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris.

    Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. In fact, debris burning is the top cause of wildfires in North Carolina.

  • Shallotte man dies after being hit by vehicle in Little River, S.C.

    A Shallotte man died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday on U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Demontray Hill died of multiple traumatic injuries at the scene, the Horry County (S.C.) Coroner’s Office said.

    Hill was walking north in the southbound lane when a 2007 Ford four-door car driven by 20-year-old Kierra Price struck him at 3:33 a.m.,

    South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern said.

    Price was wearing a seat belt and neither she nor the infant in her car were injured, Southern said.