Today's News

  • Benton, Noble sweep conference softball honors

     Fresh off a 25-win season and the program’s first ever trip to the eastern regional finals, the players and coaches on West Brunswick High School’s varsity softball team were essentially locks to receive several postseason awards.

    Those accolades started to roll in last week.

    Senior shortstop McKenzie Benton was named Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Player of the Year and head coach Joe Noble earned the league’s coach of the year honor, according to a league press released issued Wednesday, June 7.

  • North Brunswick’s Medlin named ECC’s top skipper

     Dustin Medlin inherited a successful baseball program when he accepted the head-coaching job at North Brunswick more than five years ago.

    He has taken the program to new heights, including a state championship appearance, in his stint as the Scorpions’ skipper.

    Medlin led an 18-win team that captured the East Central Conference regular-season championship, earning him the league’s coach of the year award.

    North Brunswick didn’t have its most talented team during Medlin’s time as head coach, the coach said.

  • Local kids receive BEMC scholarships to attend basketball camps

     Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded three local students Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarships to attend summer basketball camps at two Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

    Morgan Bellamy and Hailey Woodard will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University and Abel Yuricek will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on full scholarships from BEMC, according to a BEMC news release issued Tuesday, June 6.

  • Leland challenges H2GO plant permit

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s permit to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River faces a challenge from the town of Leland.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit May 8 for H2GO’s proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Leland’s town council held a special meeting May 30 and decided to appeal the DEQ decision, filing a petition for a contested case hearing June 5.

  • OIB board approves budget, Publix shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved the 2017-18 town budget at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

    The town’s total budget for the upcoming year increased by just more than $655,000 to $21.882,350 from $21,027,225.

    The town set aside $8,775,000 last year to fund Coastal Storm Damage Reduction and the terminal groin project. The beach project budget for 2017-18 increased to $9,179,334.

  • Brunswick Town waterfront reef construction set to begin

    WINNABOW — Installation of a manmade reef system to protect the Brunswick Town Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s waterfront will begin next week.

    Brunswick Town received $850,000 from the 2013-14 Office of State Budget and Management’s Repair and Renovation Reserve list for the project.

    The money will go to build the first 200 linear feet of protective reef, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said.

  • Southport OKs county partnership in exchange for sewer capacity

    SOUTHPORT — Southport City Council agreed to partner with Brunswick County for sewer capacity. Now, it waits to see if county commissioners will vote to approve it, too.

    The council had two options on its June 8 agenda to consider for improving the town’s sewer capacity: participating in expanding Brunswick County’s wastewater treatment plant system or building a plant for Southport.

    Southport already participates in the county’s system, but only leases its 750,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity.

  • ATMC FOCUS fiber optics come to Shallotte

    ATMC has begun delivering FOCUS fiber optic communications to businesses along Main Street in Shallotte as part of a dynamic five-year expansion and network enhancement plan.

  • BCSO seeks Belville tequila thieves

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in to find two people who stole tequila from a Belville ABC store.

    A black man and white woman entered the store at 44 River Road and stole five bottles of Patron about 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. The two were seen leaving the store in a dark colored Honda Accord with faded paint on the back.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Boynton at 398-5492.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of sex crime against child

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child earlier this month.

    James Christopher Fulford, 44, of Watts Road was arrested Monday and charged with the felony.

    Warrants show the crime took place June 5. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim is 12.

    Fulford remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.