Local News

  • Commissioners approve DENR study on potable water supply

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution supporting a study by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) into the region’s long-term potable water supply.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing told commissioners the resolution had previously been adopted by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority.

  • 'Booze It & Lose It' nets 758 DWI arrests

    State and local law enforcement officers cited 758 motorists for driving while impaired (DWI) during the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign.

    During the statewide campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31, officers issued 20,786 criminal citations statewide.

    “It is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer,” N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.

  • Local organizations to commemorate Veterans Day

    At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year (11/11/11), a number of Veterans Day ceremonies are planned.

    Several local organizations will honor Veterans Day this Friday, Nov. 11.

    Calabash VFW

    Calabash VFW Post 7288 will once again pay tribute to veterans who have served throughout our nation’s history at a Veterans Day service.

    The public is invited to attend the annual service at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Post at 900 Carter Drive.

  • Municipal elections slated for this Tuesday, Nov. 8

    BOLIVIA—On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will cast their ballots for races in Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer board, Southeast Brunswick Sanitary District and Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

    Voters in Oak Island will also vote on a referendum to allow for recall elections for the mayor or any member of town council.

    Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • Biotechnology company to create 52 jobs in Brunswick County

    RALEIGH—N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced a biotechnology company plans to create 52 jobs in Brunswick County.

    On Thursday, Nov. 4, Perdue announced CMS Food Solutions, Inc., which she described as an “owner of an innovative proprietary food safety technology,” plans to open a manufacturing facility in Leland.

    The manufacturing facility is expected to create 52 jobs, and Perdue said the company expects to invest more than $4 million in the Leland plant.

  • West Brunswick on precautionary lockdown Friday morning

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School was locked down as a precautionary measure Friday morning, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Miller said the school was locked down around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and they were expected to open the school between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. Friday.

    The school was locked down “just to be safe” after law enforcement learned of a shooting threat on the social networking website Facebook earlier this week, Miller said.

  • Island homeowners poised to talk garbage in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Michael Rahman and other island homeowners are ready to talk trash at the upcoming Sunset Beach Town Council meeting next Monday night, Nov. 7.

    At issue is the town’s newly reinforced garbage rollback ordinance, which imposes a $25 fine for violations.

    The ordinance is impractical for the resort community, says Rahman, who plans to drive down from Winston-Salem to attend Monday night’s meeting that starts at 7 p.m., preceded by a 6:45 p.m. workshop.

  • Shallotte mayor, aldermen accused of not caring about businesses

    SHALLOTTE—In an animated meeting filled with disdain Tuesday night, accusations flew that the town doesn’t care about its businesses.

    The mayor and aldermen repeatedly denied the accusations.

    Shallotte resident Geneva Crawford opened the public comment portion of the town meeting by thanking the board for the way “they have worked together the past year.” She said she was concerned about recent actions by alderman Michael Pease and his wife Paula Pease, candidate for mayor.

  • Uniting to help the homeless


    Area organizations are looking for a way to unite to fight homelessness.

    During a recent homeless village to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless population in Brunswick County, a seed was planted in the mind of one of the participants.

    Mike Richards, owner of Worms & Coffee and Brunswick Family Assistance board member, said the day after sleeping in a cardboard box, he couldn’t stop thinking about what needs to be done.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 2

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about homelessness in Brunswick County. When reporter Rachel Johnson agreed to take part in a Homeless Village sponsored by BFA and Building Hope Ministries, she and other participants were asked to create a background story—a character—and to become that character for 24 hours. Below is her story and her account of being in the Homeless Village.



    I walked 16 miles to Shallotte today.