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Today's News

  • Nora’s Christmas story

    SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.

  • Suspects sought in Calabash armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are searching for two suspects connected to an armed robbery and assault of an employee at a Calabash convenience store Monday night, Dec. 22.

    At about 9:25 p.m., two black males entered the Citgo gas station on Beach Drive in Calabash. They were wearing ski masks, one brandishing a handgun. A store clerk was assaulted during the incident.

  • NCDOT to close part of Ocean Isle Beach Road

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 1, to install storm drain pipe.

    Signs will detour traffic from Old Georgetown Road to Seaside Road, then to Beach Drive (N.C. 179).

    NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time and encourages use of alternate routes when possible during this period.

  • Homeowners’ insurance rates to decrease in Brunswick County

     Homeowners in Brunswick County can breathe a sigh of relief after the state’s insurance rates regulator announced last week he wouldn’t increase rates for homeowners.

    In fact, Brunswick County homeowners can expect their homeowners’ rates to decrease in 2015 despite the state’s insurance commissioner announcement last week that a “zero overall change” would take place for homeowners in the Tar Heel State.

  • County finalizes land purchase for nature park

    Brunswick County now owns land for a 13th park.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the purchase of three properties near Holden Beach was finalized late Wednesday evening, Dec. 17.

    The parcels total nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The properties, being sold by Sweetwater Investments LLC, are undeveloped.

    Brunswick County plans to establish a nature park possibly featuring walking trails, a kayak launch, and picnic areas.

  • Community brings tidings of great joy to animal shelter

     SUPPLY — The animals at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services shelter are already having a Merry Christmas because of a charitable group of givers from all across Brunswick County.

    People from different parts of the county came together at the sheriff’s office animal shelter off N.C. 211 in Supply and donated toys for dogs and cats, pet food, cleaning supplies, treats and many other goodies for the shelter staff and the pets to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.

  • Expanding N.C. 211 into Southport tops Brunswick’s list for transportation improvement

    Brunswick County could see a four-laned N.C. 211 into Southport in the next five years.

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee released a summary of the major new transportation projects that are funded for construction in between 2015 and 2021 as part of the draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The STIP is a list of projects that are one step away from state approval and two steps away from federal funding.

  • Traffic debacle sparks confusion, frustration

     CIVIETOWN — Civietown Fire Chief Mark Hewett has begged the state for years to place a stoplight at N.C. 130, Shell Point and Civietown roads.

    Construction is finally under way for the stoplight, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, he said.

    The closure of Gray Bridge Road for bridge replacement began Dec. 15 and is expected to last four months, the N.C. Department of Transportation said. In the meantime, motorists on Gray Bridge Road must travel down N.C. 130 and take the detour road, Shell Point Road.

  • Belville subdivision stormwater designs behind flooding problems

    BELVILLE — Flooding issues in Belville subdivisions have uncovered problems in the stormwater runoff systems built by developers.

    Jeff Cappadona of Cavanaugh and Associates, the town engineering consultant, reviewed causes of flooding in Woodridge, River Ridge and Old Towne subdivisions following flooding reports from Woodridge residents in August.

    Cappadona reported an error was recorded on the River Ridge stormwater permit that allowed more built-upon area than the permit allows.

  • Investigators find no evidence man posed as Red Cross official

    Investigators have found no evidence indicating a Leland man accused of leading police on a chase Dec. 15 defrauded the American Red Cross, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.