Local News

  • Officials offer social media umbrella until damaged weather radio transmitter repaired

    Officials have advised residents to use social media as a backup for weather warnings after damage to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter took it offline.

    Steve Pfaff with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an inspection of the radio tower found damage to a cable that connects to the antenna.

    Pfaff said Tuesday he thought the damage occurred a few weekends ago when Brunswick County received some actual winter weather.

  • Residents encouraged greenway, bike and paddle plan will blaze new trails

    BOLIVIA—About 100 residents dropped in on the Brunswick County Planning Department Greenway, Bikeway, & Paddle Trail Plan final draft open house Jan. 30.

    The planning department sought residents’ interest to help with creating plans for walking trails, bike routes, paddle trails and resource preservation.

    Kirstie Dixon, planning manager, presented visitors with two maps, one showing the county’s current bike, pedestrian and paddle trails and a conceptual map showing where areas trail, including greenways and blueways, could be developed.

  • Treatment Courts graduate 15 participants

    BOLIVIA— Courtroom 4 of the Brunswick County Courthouse boasted tears and cheers as 15 people graduated from Treatment Courts on Thursday, Jan. 26.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis, with support from local officials, established the local treatment court in 2008.

  • Fire damages Southport camper, no one injured

    A Southport camper home is considered a total loss after a late Monday night fire. Brunswick County E911 Dispatch records show a 911 call was placed at 11:50 p.m. Jan. 30 in regard to a camper on fire in the 5000 block of Cagney Lane SE.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said no one was at home at the time of the fire, and a cause of the fire has not been determined, but the fire began inside the camper and spread outside the home to a fence, causing smoke damage to a nearby house.

    He said foul play is not suspected.

  • Man wanted in Davie Co. arrested at sister’s home in Supply

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man wanted in a shooting in Davie County at his sister’s home in Supply.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said Shanbrody Lee Pearce, 20, of Peak Road in Clemmons, was arrested at his sister’s home on Edgewood Road in Supply on Jan. 24 and charged with a felony count of discharging a weapon into occupied property and a misdemeanor count of simple assault. Flax said the sister’s name will not be released and she faces no charges.

  • ECHS students see history in action at inauguration

    BOLIVIA—Hundreds of thousands of people from all across the United States came together at the National Mall on Jan. 20 to see history being made, and 49 Early College High School students were among them.

  • Shallotte men to serve more than six years on drug charges

    Two Shallotte men will spend at least six years in prison after they were arrested separately for selling drugs on Tryon Road in Shallotte, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

  • Brunswick dropout rates fall

    SHALLOTTE—Students at Brunswick County Schools are saying yes to staying in school, according to the latest dropout data released last week. 

  • Community rallies to fix hurricane-damaged road

    Crumbled asphalt and caution tape comprise a vivid portion of spillway road in the Sunset Lakes community that was severely damaged last October by Hurricane Matthew.

    The damage is so severe, residents whose homes are north of the Medcalf Lake spillway in the Sunset Lakes community haven’t been able to drive across since the storm hit Oct. 8.

  • Sunset Beach to consider gazebo contract, cabanas Feb. 6

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider a contract for a reduced-size covered seating area, aka gazebo or picnic shelter, at its upcoming meeting Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their Jan. 9 meeting, council members approved a 20-by-20-foot metal structure with an asphalt roof to be located south of the restrooms in Sunset Beach Town Park. The cost is to be covered by state matching grant funding through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).