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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach trolls dredging oyster survey

    SUNSET BEACH — It will cost the town an extra $22,000 to conduct an oyster survey of local waters that are part of the town’s dredging analysis.

    But a representative for Moffatt & Nichol infrastructure advisory firm said that does not include Jinks Creek, the portion that is of most concern to the town’s local environmental resource committee (ERC).

    Jerry McCrain of Moffatt & Nichol said the estimated cost does not include Jinks Creek.

  • Man to serve more than 21 years for sex crime convictions

    A Wilmington man will spend at least 21 years in prison for statutory sex offense, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 36-year-old Kenneth Lateef McKnight to serve to 254 months to 365 months in the N.C. Department of Correction upon convicting him of the crimes Monday, Sept. 26, after a bench trial that lasted more than a week.

  • County to wait on H2GO plant action before moving on aquifer storage plan

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will wait to see which step the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board takes before acting on the next stage of a proposed aquifer storage plan.

    At an Aug. 15 county meeting, commissioners approved installing one set of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells to provide underground water storage, but the original plan called for two sets of wells.

  • Animal shelter numbers continue to leap

    Four years after the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office took over running Brunswick County Animal Services, shelter director Lt. Tommy Tolley is still seeing improvements in numbers.

    This summer, the shelter has had days when its canine adoption row was down to just a few dogs in need of a home.

    “We’ve been very, very low on adoption row, which is great,” Tolley said during an interview in August. The day before, he counted a record number of dogs — just one — on adoption row that particular day.

  • More solar farms planned for Brunswick County

    The Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. solar farm on U.S. 17 provides a first look at an alternative method to generate energy.

    Brunswick County could see more solar farms, although they will be tucked out of site in rural areas once the projects begin.

    United Renewable Energy has plans for five solar farms in the works to connect to the BEMC grid.

  • Brunswick Coalition discusses action plan for 2016-17

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition discussed its 2016-17 action plan to fight prescription drug misuse and overdoses in the county during its meeting Sept. 19.

    Coalition coordinator Tammy Brunelle of Coastal Horizons in Wilmington said an action plan is required to receive a Partnership for Success grant, which keeps the coalition operational each fiscal year.

  • Sunset Beach police chief resigns

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner has resigned after 27 years with the town.

    Announcement of Joyner's resignation was made Wednesday, Sept. 21, by the town. According to a brief posting on the town website, Joyner cited personal reasons for her resignation.

     

    “I have enjoyed my 27 years as an employee with the town and wish everyone the best,” Joyner is quoted in a press release issued by the town Wednesday. 

    Joyner has been on 12-week unpaid family medical leave that concludes in mid-October.

  • Pipeline spill prompts run on gas in Brunswick County

    Fuel gauges at gas stations hit empty Monday as fear of a major pipeline break spiked a run by customers to fill up their tanks in Brunswick County and along the East Coast.

    Colonial Pipeline reported a mine inspector in Alabama discovered a large spill from one of the company’s two large pipelines that run from Texas to New Jerseyand provides a major source of gasoline delivered to much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.

  • Forrester chosen new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH — Bob Forrester, chairman of the Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment, has been chosen to serve as Sunset Beach’s new mayor.

    Forrester was chosen by unanimous vote of the current four-member Sunset Beach Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to fill the remaining one-year term of former Mayor Ron Watts, who resigned effective Aug. 16 after selling his house.

    Forrester was among five candidates who spoke at a special meeting and mayoral forum Monday night, Sept. 19.

  • N.C. Ferry System begins transition to off-season schedules

    The annual transition to off-season schedules will begin for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual changes will occur on four of the ferry system’s seven routes, including Southport-Fort Fisher.

    The Southport route will switch to an off-season schedule Oct. 1, dropping from 16 weekday round trips to 14. Weekend schedules will not be affected.

    For a printable 2016 ferry schedule, go to ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.