Today's News

  • More rainfall expected as voluntary evacuation order issued for flood-prone areas

    Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation order for unincorporated areas of the county that are in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Brunswick County Emergency Services is warning of potential life-threatening widespread and localized flood conditions developing through Monday. Additional risks include downed trees and power outages resulting from saturated ground conditions and increasing winds.

    Citizens are urged to be mindful of rising waters in ditches, swales and retention areas and ponds.

  • County claims its 10th, 11th lottery winners of the year

    A second Winnabow resident has won $10,000 through the North Carolina Education Lottery, continuing Brunswick County’s lucky streak by becoming the 11th winner this year.

    Diane Pennellatore won the Powerball money Sept. 16, state lottery officials said Friday, Oct. 2.

    Alfonso Villanneva of Southport also claimed a $10,000 instant prize by playing the Millionaire 7’s scratch-off game.

    Last month, Valient Simoncic of Leland won $10,000 playing the 50X The Cash instant prize scratch-off game.

  • Moon, storm affecting tides, possible flooding

    A supermoon coupled with potential flooding from Tropical Storm Joaquin is having effects along the East Coast this week, including Brunswick County’s beaches.

    Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said tides have been about 1 to 2 feet above normal, attributed to strong tides that were already full because of this week’s supermoon, when the moon makes its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit combined with persistent onshore flow powering water along the East Coast.

  • Grand jury indicts Caswell Beach mayor on 18 felonies

    BOLIVIA — A superior court judge reduced bail for Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons at his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon from $1 million cash to $675,000 secured.

    Simmons was indicted on 18 felonies related to his service as chairman of the former Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) by a Brunswick County grand jury Monday. North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office agents arrested Simmons in Caswell Beach on Monday afternoon.

  • First-grader promotes healthy eating with organic garden at JMMES

     ASH — Gabby Morales walks into school at least two days a week with dirt stains on her blue jeans and soil under her fingernails.

    The 6-year-old first-grader arrives at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School perfectly clean, but two or three days a week she spends more than an hour in an organic garden before classes start to plant fresh herbs and vegetables for her fellow students in “Gabby’s Garden” behind the school.

  • Brunswick County names economic development director

    Brunswick County has hired Michael DiTullo as the first economic development director for the newly formed county department.

    DiTullo, who serves as the president and CEO of Rockland Economic Development Corp. of Rockland County, N.Y., replaces former economic development commission (EDC) executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • BHO launches awareness program to prevent falls by seniors

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Housing Opportunities (BHO) has launched an awareness program Sept. 23 to prevent the elderly from falling in their homes.

    The Home S.A.F.E. Initiative is a comprehensive, statewide senior home safety assessment and modification program led by the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (NCACDC) and the CED Network, an integrated coalition of community-based service delivery organizations, in partnership with USDA Rural Development and North Carolina AARP.

  • Environmental support sought as Sunset Beach West plans move forward

    SUNSET BEACH — With a comments deadline a week away for a Sunset Beach West permit, a local activist is suggesting concerned residents lend support to groups that can aid their efforts to help offset the proposed oceanfront development.

    Comments will be accepted through Oct. 7 on a major Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permit application for Sunset Beach West, a 21-lot subdivision proposed west of the Sunset Beach island across closed Mad Inlet next to Salt Boiler Creek.

  • Residents speak for and against Holden Beach terminal groin

    HOLDEN BEACH — The public had its say before the Army Corps of Engineers at a Sept. 24 public hearing on Holden Beach’s plan to build a terminal groin.

    The meeting is part of the 45-day public comment period on the terminal groin Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public comment period ends Oct. 13.

    Col. Kevin Landers, district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, told the audience of about 100 residents and property owners the information is gathered from the public to help decide whether to approve or deny the terminal groin permit.

  • Eighth-graders go to the ‘extreme’ during STEM tour

     CEDAR GROVE —  Cedar Grove Middle School eighth-graders learned quite a bit without stepping foot into a classroom Tuesday.

    The entire eighth-grade class learned how turfgrass management operations work at a golf course and how airplanes function at two Brunswick County businesses Sept. 29 as part of the school district’s 2015 Extreme STEM Tour.

    STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an applied, real-world approach.