Today's News

  • County in the final stages of selling old hospital property

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday afternoon that has placed the county in the final stages of the closing process for the sale of the old community hospital property.

    During the meeting Friday, June 26, commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to confirm the sale of the property that formerly was home to Brunswick Community Hospital to Centre Development Company, formerly Excel Medical Development Group.

  • Man arrested, charged in Southport robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man accused of robbing a Southport business less than an hour after the crime was reported Monday, June 23.

    A man walked into Tobacco Road Outlet just after 3 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk, threatening her with bodily harm, and fled according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    The clerk was not injured and the robber got away with $217, a warrant shows.

  • Children continue shark attack recoveries

    A teenager who lost most of his left arm during a shark attack June 14 off the coast of Oak Island has been released from a Wilmington hospital, while a 12-year-old who lost part of her left arm and leg during a separate shark attack that day is recovering from her injuries at a Chapel Hill hospital.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been released from the hospital in good condition, just four days after being maimed during a shark attack early near a public beach access at 55th Avenue on Oak Island.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by kennel owners Steve and Debra Somersett at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

  • Beachgoers leery about entering water after shark attacks

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A week after two children each lost an arm in separate shark attacks on Oak Island, Brunswick County beaches remained crowded as thousands of tourists flocked to the area for a weeklong vacation.

    While many of those individuals never thought twice about swimming in the Atlantic before last Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island, several people are now entering the ocean with trepidation.

  • Beach towns respond in wake of shark attacks

    Brunswick County’s six incorporated beach towns have been keeping an eye out for sharks after recent attacks but have no immediate plans to change the way they monitor the oceanfront.

    Tim Holloman, town manager at Oak Island, where a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in shark attacks June 14, said his town’s regular beach patrol consists of voluntary beach ambassadors and the police department periodically traveling up and down the beach.

    “We typically don’t have any extra patrols at this time,” Holloman said.

  • Force main installation causes traffic delays on Ocean Isle Beach Road

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach agreed to merge their sewer systems in November 2012. Two-and-a-half years later, the county is working on a project that will provide additional water and sewer capacity for the town.

  • BCC signs articulation agreement with Mt. Olive

     Brunswick Community College continues to offer its students additional services during its ascent as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.

  • Local anglers sound off on shark attacks

     Last week, two children lost limbs in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart on Oak Island.

    Afterward, people throughout the region offered various theories as to why the rare attacks could happen so close together on a Brunswick County beach.

    Capt. Buster Gillis, who owns and operates Buster’s Outdoor Guide Service from Holden Beach, cites overpopulation as the primary reason for the attacks, which he said didn’t surprise him.

  • Sports calendar calls not from chamber

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is alerting residents about an unauthorized solicitation.

    Chamber president/CEO Shannon Viera said some businesses and residents may have recently been contacted by a company soliciting ads for a sports calendar.

    Viera said this is not a chamber-sponsored ad program, and the chamber did not give out a list of emails for chamber members to be contacted.

    “As your chamber, we will never give out your emails unless we have your permission,” Viera wrote in an alert email released June 17.