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Today's News

  • Coastal alliance sets September meeting with consultant

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Brunswick Coastal Community Alliance, formerly the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, talked taking their alliance up the coast and on to Raleigh at their quarterly meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, in Holden Beach Town Hall.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The name change is meant to signify the towns will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • Bladen County man charged in fatal collision near Bolivia

    A Bladen County man is charged in a traffic collision on U.S. 17 near Bolivia that killed a Wilmington man and injured another man early Thursday morning, Aug. 20.

    Sixty-two-year-old David Christopher Satrazemis was pronounced dead at the scene after his 1993 Toyota Camry collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of U.S. 17 at 5:57 a.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper John M. King said.

  • U.S. 17 lane closures continue in Shallotte

    Because of weather delays, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will continue intermittent lane closures at U.S. 17 (Ocean Highway) and U.S. 17 Business, south of Shallotte, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 15, weather permitting.  
    The closure is necessary for crews to finish the final paving of the road and intersections. Once completed, this will improve the traffic flow in the area by extending the left turn lane which will allow continuous through movement on U.S. 17, according to an NCDOT news release.

  • Four convicted on drug charges receive prison terms

    Four Brunswick County residents were sentenced to prison terms last week in Superior Court after either pleading guilty to or being convicted on drug charges in separate cases, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday, Aug. 25.

    Judge James Ammons sentenced Harvey Lee Grady of Leland to serve seven to nine-and-a-half years in the North Carolina Department of Correction after a jury convicted him as a habitual felon on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.

  • School district works to resolve coal ash issue with state agency

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials are still working to resolve the problem caused by coal ash on the athletic fields at South Brunswick Middle School.

    School district officials found out about the coal ash on the fields two years ago. Last year, state officials determined the small amounts of coal ash don’t pose health risks to students, but the fields are still not being used.

    The district is still working with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) on the problem.

  • Shallotte man faces drug, other charges after traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on drug and other charges after a traffic stop Thursday night, Aug. 20, on N.C. 130 near Shallotte.

    Drug agents and special operations deputies charged 21-year-old Jamar Akeem Bethea, of McMilly Road, with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and unintentional littering, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Meeting to address county conservation, environmental issues

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District, will conduct a local working group meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the conference room at the Brunswick County Soil Conservation/NRC District Office in Bolivia.

  • Annual flushing program set for Sept. 11 completion

    On June 15, the Brunswick County Public Utilities Department began its annual flushing program. During the past few weeks, public utilities crews have worked to flush all of the water mains in the county system. The crews are nearing completion of the flushing program.
    Brunswick County will complete its annual flushing program Sept. 11 and will convert back to chloramines as the primary disinfectant.

  • Better luck soon to come

    In a few of my recent columns, I have stated that fishing in Brunswick County can be world class one day and absolutely unbearable the next. Months such as May and October, for example, will often test this theory because of the great the fish bite. However, August is a month that always holds true to this theory.

  • Fishermen need to prepare for storms