Local News

  • Swamped neighborhood brings back flood of concern

    Last week’s torrential rains spurred a resurgence of concern in the Sunset Lakes community.

    By Thursday, as a lake overflowed across Sunset Lakes Boulevard, resident Carol Taylor expressed frustration and concerns about safety.

    Though a portion of her community is under jurisdiction of the town of Sunset Beach, Taylor lives in the back portion on the other side of the lake that is governed by Brunswick County.

    It’s also the portion that was virtually inescapable as water flooded the road, making it hazardous for residents to drive.

  • Sunset Beach board votes to save bridge tender-house only

    SUNSET BEACH—Residents expressed disappointment Monday after town council voted 3-2 to salvage only a portion of the old Sunset Beach bridge.

  • Next Honor Flight taking 23 Brunswick County veterans to D.C.

    Supply octogenarian Charles Truman Johnson is among World War II veterans scheduled to go on the next Honor Flight to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., next Wednesday, Oct. 13.

    The Pennsylvania native, who served in the Army during World War II, is one of 23 Brunswick County veterans slated to fly on the region’s fourth day-trip to Washington, D.C., orchestrated by Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina.

  • Carolina Shores weathers storm well, administrator says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Overall, the town did well during last week’s rains that spurred flooding in many parts of the county.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a town board workshop Monday, said it was “amazing we’ve had no road closures.”

    Water was high in all swales and ditches, “but it was moving,” Herncane said, adding the town’s maintenance men checked everything “before, during and after the storm. There was not problem in our area. The system does work.”

  • Civitas poll: McIntyre, Pantano neck-in-neck; Rabon enjoys lead over Redwine

    WILMINGTON—Unaffiliated voters will likely affect the outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

    According to a poll released last week by the Civitas Institute, which surveyed 450 registered voters who said they were very likely to vote Nov. 2, the unaffiliated voter turnout may decide key races.

    “That’s the story of this election—the unaffiliated,” Civitas President Francis DeLuca said.

  • State, federal agencies to assess flood damage Wednesday

    The storm has passed. The waters have receded, and now emergency officials are awaiting a federal disaster declaration needed to reimburse local emergency expenses incurred during last week’s four-day flood event.

    Parts of Brunswick County received as much as 22 inches of rain between Monday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 30. Brunswick County Schools were let out early Wednesday, and schools were closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny of medication on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s vehicle.

    •Failure to return rental property and larceny on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect failed to return a U-Haul by return date.

    •Property damage on Bob White Road SW in Supply; suspect put fist through wall in victim’s residence.

  • Commissioners OK new health insurance wellness plan for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, 2011, county employees, who have long enjoyed the benefit of the county footing the bill for their monthly insurance premiums, will now pay a $30 per month deductible.

    But if employees participate in the county’s Living Well wellness plan, their $30 per month premium will be waived and the county will continue to pay their monthly premiums. County commissioners on Monday night approved the plan 4 votes to 1, with commissioner Marty Cooke dissenting—a move they said has been in the works for more than three years.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.

  • Ocean Isle Beach founder dies at age 90

    Odell Williamson, founder of Ocean Isle Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 3. He was 90 years old.

    Funeral services are private, according to the obituary, but a "public life and legacy service" will be announced at a later time.

    "It's certainly a sad day for Ocean Isle," Mayor Debbie Smith said. "He's made many contributions to Ocean Isle as well as this end of Brunswick County."