Local News

  • Power restored after early morning outage

    An equipment failure at the Wilmington delivery point resulted in a power outage this morning for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation.

    About 7,000 customers lost power in the north end of Brunswick County at 7:37 a.m. today. About 4,500 of those services were restored within 45 minutes. Due to the high demand on the system, the process of restoration in stages extended the outage in some areas.

  • Raise high the bridge beams


    Workers with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., installed the first 30-ton, 75-foot-long concrete girders as they were lifted and lowered by a crane on the mainland Jan. 8 for the new Sunset Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge. The new $32 million bridge is ahead of schedule and should be ready for use by mid-2010 if all goes according to schedule, a company official said last week.


  • Jessie Mae principal, parent to appear in court Friday

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Schools principal and a parent of former Brunswick County students are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on school property.

    Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, will appear in Brunswick County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, before District Judge Marion Warren, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Board discusses redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School

    BOLIVIA—Redistricting discussions for the fall 2009 opening of the new Cedar Grove Middle School have begun.

    A Brunswick County Board of Education committee reviewed three options for the school, at 750 Grove Trail Road, at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    Members of the schools’ Transportation Information Management Systems (TIMS) team drew proposed redistricting lines based on the volume of students in residential areas and took factors such as transportation time into consideration.

  • Insurance department balks on rate increase talks

    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—State, county and municipal officials converged on Wrightsville Beach on Friday morning expecting to receive answers about the recently approved increases in homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties.

    But no one from the N.C. Department of Insurance attended the meeting, originally slated to include Rose Williams, legislative counsel for the department of insurance.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long recently approved a rate schedule, which would increase homeowners’ insurance rates up to 30 percent in coastal counties.

  • MLK Day celebrations planned

    Several celebrations to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. have been scheduled in observance of the King Day holiday Jan. 19.

    Brunswick County government will host its King Day celebration at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in the commissioners’ chambers. The public is welcome.

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor a three-day celebration paying tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16, 18 and 19.

  • Planning board OKs mini-golf in family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of an indoor miniature golf course in the family entertainment center now being built on Whiteville Road.

    Business owner Brian McCall requested a conditional use for the nine-hole golf course at the planning board’s Tuesday night meeting. A golf course is not included in the list of permitted uses in the site’s highway business zoning district.

  • Architect recommends Holden Beach fires contractor for EOC building

    Construction on the new Holden Beach Town Hall is progressing smoothly, but the architect has recommended Holden Beach Commissioners fire the general contractor for the new Emergency Operations Center. The suggested was made during the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall Tuesday night.

    “We’re going to recommend that the town fire the general contractor and contact the bonding company immediately,” Jim Stewart of Stewart Cooper Newell told commissioners.

  • County officials answer wastewater questions in Calabash

    CALABASH—Project bids for the town’s wastewater project can go out with fewer communities participating, but it will affect the overall cost for others, Brunswick County public utilities director Jerry Pierce said Tuesday night.

    A roomful of residents turned out to hear Pierce, along with Brunswick County fiscal operations director Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce answer town commissioners’ questions about the town’s delayed wastewater project.

  • 'Dangerous dogs' return to Bald Head home

    While Bald Head Island dog owners await their day in court, the county continues to tweak its dangerous dog ordinance.

    Bald Head residents Diane Robinson and Larry Kirby are appealing the case in which their Doberman pinschers, Teddy and Nina, were deemed dangerous by the county last summer.