Local News

  • Tornado touches down near Shallotte

    The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down Oct. 23 between Shallotte and Supply.

    The tornado was detected about 10 miles northeast of Shallotte in Supply about 11:45 p.m. and traveled less than a half-mile, according to NWS Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach receives $35K ‘living shoreline’ grant

    The town of Sunset Beach has received a $34,950 grant of to improve water quality in Mary’s Creek by installing a “living shoreline” east of the town park.

    The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million, multi-year commitment by Duke Energy to improve water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions.

  • Cooler temperatures increase threat of fire

    As temperatures in North Carolina dip, the risk for fire increases when furnaces or fireplaces are turned on for the first time.

    Officials with the Office of the State Fire Marshal are urging all North Carolinians to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order, a practice that can save lives.

  • Red Cross open house at Cape Fear Museum

    American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter will have an open house Saturday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. in Wilmington.

    Learn about available volunteer opportunities and enjoy refreshments.

    For more information, contact Kelly Van Houten at kelly.vanhouten@redcross.org or 762-2683, ext. 361.

  • Open enrollment begins Nov. 1

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds residents that open enrollment for the 2018 Federal Health Insurance Exchange begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, and runs through Dec. 15 with coverage to start Jan. 1, 2018.

    “This is a shorter enrollment period than previous years,” Causey said in a news release. “If you do not have health insurance elsewhere, you need to take part in Open Enrollment to make sure you choose the best insurance plan to meet your needs as well as determine if you qualify for tax subsidies to offset premium costs.”

  • Clinics to host open houses for veterans, caregivers

    Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s coastal clinics — Brunswick County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, Wilmington Health Care Center and Jacksonville CBOC — are hosting open houses Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Brunswick County CBOC is at 18 Doctors Circle (Units 2 and 3), in Supply.

    The event is part of a national VA effort to expand recognition of veterans beyond Veterans Day to include the entire month of November.

  • Honoring Zetts

    Longtime Sunset Beach Turtle Watch coordinator Carmel Zetts receives honors and accolades from a crowd of friends and town officials for her years of dedicated service for wildlife conservation at a Sunset Vision event Oct. 19 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. She was also presented with North Carolina’s highest honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Roy Cooper.

  • Seafood market, music pavilion in works for Belville riverwalk park

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioner Joe Breault announced plans for a permanent seafood and farmers’ market and a music pavilion in the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at the Oct. 23 town meeting.

    Breault said a contract was finalized for Seaview Crab Co., which has participated in the market since it opened in June, to build a permanent pavilion at its own cost.

    In return, the company will receive a credit on its permit fees equal to the cost to build the pavilion.

  • Leland to talk voluntary and town-initiated annexation

    LELAND — Leland officials will wait another month to work on a proposed plan to annex a new phase of Lanvale Forest subdivision into the town after neighborhood residents opposed it at the Oct. 19 town meeting.

    The town held a public hearing to consider an annexation and associated zoning application submitted by the developer, M&JM (NC) LLC, for 37.65 undeveloped acres in Lanvale Forest off Old Forest Drive.

  • August unemployment rate above 5 percent for county

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.1 percent in August, rising for the second straight month.

    After reaching a low for the year of 4.8 percent in June, unemployment rose to 5 percent in July.

    The unemployment rate increased to its highest rate since April when it first dropped to 5 percent unemployment and stayed there through May.

    For 2017, Brunswick County unemployment started at 7.7 percent in January, fell to 6.7 percent in February and 5.8 percent in March.