Today's News

  • Former county schools leader McAdams dies

    Former Brunswick County Schools and New Hanover County Schools employee James Everett “Mac” McAdams died of cancer Tuesday, Jan. 9, at age 68.

  • OIB’s roundabout in eye of new development

    The intersection of Ocean Isle Beach Road SW (SR 1184), Causeway Drive (NC 904) and Beach Drive SW (NC 179) will be a hub of development activity in 2018.

    The new owner of Ocean Isle Palms a mile north on Ocean Isle Beach Road has taken the first step toward developing the neighborhood.

    The shell of the Publix grocery store in the Ocean Isle Beach Marketplace just east of the intersection on Beach Drive has been raised.

  • House, Senate at odds over GenX testing bill

    An effort to move forward with testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

    But instead of blocking House Bill 189 — Short Term Response to Emerging Contaminants Bill along party lines, the House supported the measure while the Senate held off on taking action.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate rises above 5 percent for October

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased from 4.9 percent for September to 5.2 percent for October.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August.

    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, then dropped to 5 percent unemployment in April and stayed there through May.

  • Water outage planned Wednesday along Midway Road

    The water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities in Brunswick County from 1700 to 1814 and from 1769 to 1813 Midway Road, as well as at 1889 Midway Road, 1950 Midway Road and 1950 Hewett Road, will be under a system pressure advisory after a planned water outage Wednesday, Jan. 17, to allow for construction on a water line.

     The water line serving these customers will be out of service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers at these addresses served by Brunswick County Public Utilities will need to store water in containers for use during the outage.

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center launches 2018 calendar

    Leland Cultural Arts Center is kicking off the New Year and its fourth year of operation with winter-session classes and workshops, a student art show and a concert Friday, Jan. 19.

    The LCAC Winter 2018 Session opened this month with a multi-faceted lineup of classes and workshops including painting and drawing, basket weaving, ceramics/pottery, photography, stained glass, greeting card design, music and dance, theater, writing, exercise, fitness and yoga, Zumba and youth programs.

  • Carolina Shores sets Arbor Day, retreat dates

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners approved an Arbor Day proclamation at their monthly board meeting last Thursday, Jan. 11.

    The date this year is March 16, when the town will observe Arbor Day and invite the public to join in the celebration by protecting trees and woodlands and planting trees.

    The board approved having its annual budget retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

  • Calabash shifts into budget mode

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved their budget work calendar for the year that launches Jan. 25 and continues monthly through April.

    The first board workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at town hall on Persimmon Road to discuss overall goals and objectives.

    Department requests are due to Town Administrator Chuck Nance by Feb. 14. Nance will meet with commissioner/finance director Michael Price later that month to review department requests.

    Subsequent board budget workshops are scheduled for March 7, April 4 and April 25.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County: Folk singer Bob Lind brings his ‘Elusive Butterfly’ to OWA stage

    Renowned singer-songwriter Bob Lind remembers when he wrote his 1960s hit, “Elusive Butterfly,” more than a half-century ago.

    “I was living in a scummy little apartment on Downing Street (in Denver) and I wrote this song, stayed up all night writing it, and I didn’t feel it was any better than any of the other songs I was writing at the time,” he recalled during his induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside musical colleagues Judy Collins and The Serendipity Singers.

  • Calabash Fire Department sets record calls for 2017

    The Calabash Fire Department had another busy month, setting a yearly record for calls during 2017 with 2,125 responses for the year, spokeswoman Honey Chiocco said.

    Chiocco said it was the second highest number of calls for a fire department in Brunswick County, second only to Leland, which had 2,188 calls.