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Today's News

  • County offers free hepatitis C testing

    BOLIVIA — As the number of hepatitis C-positive Brunswick County residents increases, Brunswick County Health Services knows more action needs to be taken.

  • ‘Mazematician’ creates sandy sensations for Sunset Beachgoers

    SUNSET BEACH — It’s morning, before the crowds arrive.

    Aaron Gutknecht surveys Sunset Beach’s pristine sands, unscathed by ocean water at low tide.

    He finally picks a spot, roughly the size of half of a football field, puts his homemade shovels to the sand and begins his work for the day as the Mazematician.

    Gutknecht, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been coming with his family to Sunset Beach for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until eight years ago he began to bring his unique talent of creating sand mazes to the area.

  • Vandals damage Brunswick Town tomb

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    Vandals damaged a historic grave at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site less than a week after the site’s museum was burglarized.

  • Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts resigns after selling house

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has announced his resignation effective in August after selling his house.

    Watts, 58, and his wife Adrienne plan to move out of Brunswick County after closing on the sale of their Sunset Beach house in late August. Watts said resigning was the next step since he will no longer be a resident of the town.

  • Schools on right track under Tubb

    After a long-term pattern of discord between members of the Brunswick County Board of Education and sitting Brunswick County Schools superintendents, it appears the rapport between current school board members and superintendent Les Tubb will result in steady progress toward improving schools in the district.

  • Tranquility, fulfillment found in lawn mowing

    Thanks to staff writer Brian Slattery, my not-so-secret secret was revealed last week to our readership: I enjoy yard work.

    Specifically, I love mowing the lawn.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 10, 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and issued the following related warrants. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 10

    Breaking and entering and larceny of televisions from East Main Street.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of televisions from East Main Street.

    Warrants were issued for the incidents and served on Joshua Buck Priest, 36, of 2210 Copperhead Road in Longwood.

  • Classic Catalinas set for Shallotte concert July 21

    The Catalinas began in 1957 and is still one of the most popular bands in the southeastern United States.

    Known for their quality tight sound and onstage energy, the longtime Statesville-based band is one of the in-demand groups for city festivals and private parties, always playing a variety of music to suit all ages.

    Though known for beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” they play all styles.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant declares alert because of pump motor damage

    Duke Energy officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport declared an alert July 13 at 8:39 p.m. because of damage to a pump motor. It ended at 9:18 p.m. that day when alert conditions cleared.

    “The utility declared an alert in accordance with procedures but resumed regular operations soon thereafter,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Emergency Management said in a news release. “It is important to know that at no time during the brief incident was there any risk to public health or safety.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases July 11 during a grand jury session:

    Shane Bradley Battles, breaking/entering, larceny after breaking/entering, larceny of motor vehicle.

    Lashawn Ravon Bland, three counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, three counts of sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, three counts of possession drug paraphernalia.