Today's News

  • Holden Beach veteran Groberg to receive Congressional Medal of Honor

    Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he encountered the suicide bomber the morning of Aug. 8, 2012.

  • Calabash board approves Kingfish Bay permit

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for redevelopment of Kingfish Bay.

    Approval for a proposed 301-unit “cluster development” in the R-6 zone for the unfinished community off Beach Drive was granted at a special called hour-long meeting and public hearing Nov. 5 following a presentation by Jason Woodridge with Modular North America.

    The town planning and zoning board approved recommending the project at its Oct. 7 meeting.

  • BHI referendum vote deadlocked, results stand in other races

    While this year’s general election was Nov. 3, the vote tallying continued Friday, Nov. 6, as the Brunswick County Board of Elections had absentee ballots to approve or deny.

    Board members Randy Pelton, Boyd Williamson and Stuart Smith voted unanimously to accept 23 absentee ballots received by Nov. 6 but postmarked by Nov. 3.

  • Selection process for Sunset Beach council seat up in the air

    Sunset Beach Town Councilman Terry Johnson announced on Election Day he is resigning effective last Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Posting on his Facebook page, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts wrote Nov. 3 the town had just received word Johnson had resigned “as he moves out of Sunset Beach to be closer to the church he serves as pastor.”

    Johnson, who was elected in 2013, has two more years remaining in his term, which “typically would be filled by council appointment after receiving resumes from interested candidates,” Watts wrote.

  • Leland father, son arrested on drug charges

     A father and son from Leland were arrested Friday, Nov. 6, on various felony drug charges.

    As part of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation You’re Next, which targets heroin dealers, Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 81-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Sr. and 55-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Jr. last week.

  • Equine Encephalitis identified in county

    The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in two pools of mosquitoes collected in the flood plain in central Brunswick County on Oct. 26.

    The type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

  • Carolina Shores begins communications enhancements

    The town of Carolina Shores is beginning work on a comprehensive email distribution and notification system for the benefit of the public. This system is in the early design stages and is intended to enhance communications for residents in the community.

  • Investigation of remains found in Leland under way

     Investigators are trying to identify remains found in a wooded area near Hooper Road in Leland last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Wilmington police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents found the remains in a wooded area Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Some reports indicate the remains are those of missing Wilmington man Al’Quon Flowers, but authorities have not confirmed those reports.

  • NCDOT awards $5.6M for road improvements in Brunswick County

    More than seven miles of U.S. 17 in Brunswick County will be improved, thanks to a $5.6 million contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The contract awarded S.T. Wooten Co. of Wilson calls for resurfacing on U.S. 17 between N.C. 904 and the South Carolina state line. The project also will provide shoulder reconstruction and guardrail adjustments where needed.

  • Mount Olive Baptist Church celebrates centennial

     BOLIVIA — The Rev. Anthony Clemmons walked through his church building holding a framed photo and a quilt. He felt it was only fitting his congregation celebrate 100 years at Mount Olive Baptist Church with two of its finest pieces of history.

    Inside the gold frame is a photograph of James I. Stone, the first pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Stone also happens to be Clemmons’ great-grandfather.