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Today's News

  • Investigators find Holden Beach girl reported missing in 2011

    A Holden Beach woman reported missing five years ago has been safely found living in Columbus, Ohio.

    Rachel Natacha Owens was 15 when she was reported missing May 5, 2011. Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car on her own without force.

    Owens was located in Columbus about noon Friday, Dec. 9, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release.

    No foul play was involved in Owens’ disappearance and no charges are being filed.

  • Leland woman county’s fourth lottery winner in 2016

    Serena Perkins of Leland became Brunswick County’s fourth lottery winner of 2016 when she won $100,000 in the Dec. 7 Powerball drawing, beating the 1 in 913,129 odds.

    Perkins claimed her prize Dec. 8 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she received $69,250.

  • Dry, mild winter predicted due to La Niña but don’t rule out a chance of snow

    Last year’s winter weather forecast called for a wet, but not very cold, winter for Brunswick County because of an El Niño.

    This year it is a La Niña that will affect the winter weather, said Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Instead of storms and heavy rainfall across the eastern Carolinas, Armstrong anticipates the La Niña will provide dry, mild days, punctuated by occasional cold arctic outbreaks.

  • New, re-elected county commissioners seated

    BOLIVIA — New and re-elected members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 5.

    Commissioners Pat Sykes and Frank Williams were sworn in to the Districts 3 and 5 seats they retained, respectively, and Mike Forte took his seat after winning the race to replace board chairman Scott Phillips, who decided not to run again for the District 4 seat he’d held since 2008.

  • Sunset Beach rescinds ban on cabanas

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night voted to rescind a prior action Nov. 15 to ban cabanas on the beach.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester opened discussion at the Dec. 5 meeting stating prior reports council had enacted a ban on the sun-shading devices wasn’t accurate because such an action would have required an ordinance amendment and four affirmative votes, which didn’t occur at the Nov. 15 meeting.

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing delayed and relocated

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality canceled the H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant public hearing planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    The public hearing was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at a different site: the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m.

    The seating capacity for events at the LCAC is about 230 people.

  • Elections board to have recount of auditor’s race results Wednesday

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will conduct a recount of the state auditor’s contest Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

    Republican Chuck Stuber received 40,213 votes, or 62.45 percent, to incumbent Democrat Beth Wood’s 24,176 votes, or 37.55 percent, in Brunswick County in the Nov. 8 general election. Statewide results show Wood received 2,259,383 votes, or 50.07 percent, to Stuber’s 2,018,947 votes, or 44.44 percent.

    The recount will take place at the board of elections office, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE, Building H, Bolivia.

  • Marie Holmes Foundation to host toy giveaway Dec. 10

    The Marie Holmes Foundation will sponsor a toy giveaway and provide refreshments for children in the community at the Shallotte Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 3 p.m.

    This event, held in conjunction with the Kids Connect Charitable Fund, is intended to spread the spirit of the holidays in the Shallotte community and to provide gifts to children in the area who might not otherwise get a toy. Pizza and other refreshments will also be provided.

  • Rabon named to lead Senate Rules Committee

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, will serve as the next chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Senate President Pro Tem announced via Facebook post.

  • Volunteer team brings new life to old home in Southport

    SOUTHPORT — Lela Tobler was ready when a team of Duke Energy volunteers showed up at her house last week to do much-needed repairs on her home.

    The team from across the Cape Fear region had partnered with Brunswick Housing Opportunities’ Home SAFE program, a comprehensive home assessment and modification program for seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners.