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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Schools activate early release schedule

    Brunswick County Schools will release early today due to inclement weather conditions.

    BCS spokeswoman Jessican Swencki said high schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., middle schools will dismiss at noon and elementary schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. All after-school activities are cancelled.

    Staff will be dismissed two hours after student dismissal at their respective schools. All classified staff will receive two hours of forgiven time.

  • Crews extinguish 16-car fire Thursday at Leland salvage yard

    LELAND— Fire crews quickly extinguished a 16-car fire Thursday afternoon at a salvage yard in Leland. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. at Cadillac Heaven Salvage Yard at 991 Maco Road.

    Brad Babson, prevention and preparedness specialist with the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office, said the call initially came in with 20 cars affected. When crews arrived, the owner of the yard, Cary Bilich, was using a tractor with a lift to move what cars he could away from the fire.

  • BFA housing survey under way

    Brunswick Family Assistance has undertaken a county-wide affordable housing survey.

    The survey is being conducted by Drs. Kristen DeVall and Christina Lanier, co-directors of the UNCW Social Science Applied Research Center, with funding provided by UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement through a Community Engagement Grant.

  • Deputies arrest man in stabbings of two Whiteville women

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man wanted in the stabbings of two Whiteville women, including one who died of her injuries.

    James Edward McKamey, 51, of Whiteville, was driving a 2012 Subaru Outback belonging to Carol Greer when deputies stopped him about 9:15 a.m. Sept. 1 in Supply. He is accused of stabbing two women in Whiteville: 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer on Aug. 30.

  • Tornado watch extended to midnight

    A tornado watch for the area has been extended until midnight Saturday.

    As rain descends on the region, the National Hurricane Center forecasts the center of Tropical Storm Hermine will move across the coastal Carolinas on Friday night and move offshore of the North Carolina coast on Saturday.

    At 8 a.m. Friday, maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast while the center of Hermine remains over land. Some re-strengthening is expected after the center moves offshore Saturday.

  • Federal officials to visit Sunset Beach regarding Palm Cove

    Public concern about the Palm Cove residential development under construction on the east end of the Sunset Beach island have led to a pending visit by federal officials.

    Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and North Carolina’s National Flood Insurance Program are tentatively set to visit Sunset Beach during the week of Sept. 18, Town Administrator Susan Parker wrote in an Aug. 22 email to town council.

  • Sykes named to National Association of Counties committee

    Brunswick County commissioner Pat Sykes has been named to the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.

  • Team Reel Blessed wins Jolly Mon King Classic

    At the beginning of every year, tournament king mackerel fishermen of Brunswick County start to plan which tournaments they are considering competing in. Some schedule to fish any event close to home while others struggle to fit one or two in their schedule. However, one tournament almost every angler strives to fish in is the Jolly Mon King Classic.

  • Oak Island man accused of shooting roommate

    An Oak Island man is accused of shooting his roommate after an argument Tuesday, Aug. 30

    Oak Island police arrested 65-year-old Frank Louis Chandler, of Ripley Drive, that night and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    Town spokesman Kyle Thomas said officers responding to a call just after 9:15 p.m. found 63-year-old Thomas Bass at 2907 Ripley Drive, off of N.C. 211.

    Bass was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for a gunshot wound that wasn’t life-threatening, Thomas said.

  • Fin prick causes month of pain, anxiety

    The water temperatures have been very hot this year, staying close to 90 degrees most of the summer. The week of July 24 was the last week I have been able to do any fishing until this past week. It has taken about a month to recover from something that happens to me daily. As a charter guide, I get stuck by fish fins all the time, not to mention all the shrimp that horn me throughout the year. Well, one fish must have gotten me a little bit deeper and apparently was carrying some nasty bacteria. I knew within a few hours this incident was different.