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Today's News

  • Blood shortage imperils community

    The American Red Cross anticipates fewer blood donations during the holidays and pleads accordingly for all available donors to give what they can when they can each winter. But bad weather in other parts of the country combined with bad timing and seasonal illnesses to create a blood shortage that puts us in crisis right now.

    The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including nearly 950 in the Carolinas Blood Services Region, which includes Brunswick County.

  • Surf City man dies after fall in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — A Surf City man died over the weekend in Holden Beach after falling from a balcony into a Dumpster.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne identified the man 58-year-old William Niederberger on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

    Emergency crews were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, to a rental home at 413 Ocean Blvd. W. and discovered Niederberger’s body in the receptacle beneath one of the building’s two front balconies, Brunswick County medical examiner Dr. Mark Hanna said.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities reported a discharge of untreated wastewater Monday, Jan. 9, from a 10-inch force main across the street from 9097 Timber Lane in Leland, according to a county news release.

    The leak occurred from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. with repairs completed at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    It is believed about 40,000 gallons reached the underground drainage system which leads to Sturgeon Creek with an additional 10,000 gallons removed by Vac-truck.

  • Brunswick Coalition talks Medicaid transportation

    Brunswick County Social Services director Catherine Lytch provided a refresher on Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) to the Brunswick Coalition during its Jan. 9 meeting.

    The Brunswick Coalition was established when county leaders, including health directors, nurses, community volunteers, substance abuse counselors and student interns from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington gathered two years ago to establish a community initiative targeting drug abuse, especially prescription misuse, in Brunswick County.

  • 2017 Waccamaw Conference Feb. 11

    Winyah Rivers Foundation and its Waccamaw Riverkeeper program, along with its partners, North Inlet — Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium and Horry County (S.C.) Museum, are offering a free, family-friendly community education event to learn about and experience the ways this community interacts with, understands and is inspired by our rivers.

    This educational event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main St. in Conway, S.C.

  • Carter earns Advanced Service Award

    Officer Edward Houston Carter Jr. of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Advanced Service Award by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission on Dec. 9, 2016. Carter was approved for this award for a total of 21.6 years of criminal justice service.

  • Leland seeks student representatives for parks and rec board

    The town of Leland has an opportunity for two high school students to serve as student representatives on the town’s parks and recreation board. Students will serve two-year terms and attend monthly board meetings.

    They will have the opportunity to give reports concerning activities and issues affecting young people, report on how they have shared parks information, provide input on board issues, ask questions, serve on subcommittees of interest and represent the board in a number of capacities and at community events.

  • SBA extends disaster assistance application

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages from Hurricane Matthew to Jan. 23.

    The deadline extension will help ensure businesses and residents with uninsured losses have the additional time they need to submit their SBA disaster loan applications. SBA has approved more than $77 million in low-interest disaster loans to more than 2,100 North Carolina businesses and residents affected by the disaster.

  • County accepts LIEAP assistance applications

    Brunswick County is accepting applications for LIEAP at the Building B Annex (back of the Social Service building) at the county government complex in Bolivia, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • King holiday events set for Jan. 15 and 16

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announced programs and activities for the King Holiday celebration Jan. 15 and 16 in Southport.

    On Sunday, Jan. 15, a Memorial March will begin at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the ILA Union Hall at 10th and Lord streets in Southport.