Today's News

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • Leland committee receives business study results

    LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.

  • ‘Barbara’s Wish’ for 200 caps for homeless veterans comes true

    CALABASH — It was one of her last goals: To finish knitting 200 caps for homeless veterans.

    But when Carolina Shores resident Barbara Roth passed away unexpectedly Jan. 17, fellow knitters picked up the slack.

    The name of their effort, “Barbara’s Wish,” took hold as they got busy with their knitting skills to finish stitching all the assorted, colorful handmade caps Roth envisioned.

    Last week, a portion of the Barbara’s Wish team presented 200 handmade caps to Calabash American Legion Post 503 Auxiliary.

  • Southport woman faces assault charge

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Southport woman accused of assaulting a man with a baseball bat.

    Shannon Dale Byrd, 34, of Maple Road, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Byrd fractured the man’s victim’s spine when she hit him with the bat Oct. 7.

     Byrd was released Oct. 10 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $2,500 bail.    

  • Supply man arrested in church break-in

        Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of breaking into a church.

    William Robert Cantrell, 44, of Trace Street, was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Cantrell broke into the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at 5909 Ocean Highway W. in Ocean Isle Beach on Oct. 14. While on the property Cantrell also destroyed a glass sign, a front door and locks on the front door while entering the building.

  • Student drug use survey responses expected to meet coalition goal

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition expects to more than double the responses to its annual drug use survey of Brunswick County students this year, which will help guide its drug abuse prevention efforts.

    When 2015-16 Pride Surveys were sent to Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick Coalition only garnered 116 responses from students.

  • Canopies still a shady topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In its end-of-summer assessment, Sunset Beach Town Council is still debating the pros and cons of allowing tents and cabanas on the beach.

    During an almost hour-long discussion Tuesday, council opted to reconsider allowing the shade-providing devices following a summer season review of beach patrol operations, cabanas and regulations.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said they do run out of space for cabanas.

  • Leland man arrested on child rape charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Patrick Mazza, 19, of National Avenue, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 13, and charged with six counts of felony crimes against nature, four counts of felony statutory rape and four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show Mazza raped a child younger than 13 between June 1 and Sept. 30.

  • Calabash rejects requiring Knox-Box emergency access

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have just said no to requiring use of Knox-Box emergency access systems.

    The board at its Oct. 11 meeting voted against a suggestion by town commissioner Cecelia Herman to develop an ordinance requiring the rapid-entry devices, which are used to hold and provide entry keys of businesses and residences to authorized personnel in the event of an emergency.

    Herman said insurance companies are “moving in that direction.”

  • Medicare open enrollment period under way

    Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plans and make changes as necessary.

    Just as your health needs may change from year to year, so may the benefits and costs of your health plan. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and make certain that their 2017 plan will be the best for their needs.