Today's News

  • Weather watch: Rain, flooding could affect coastal swimming

    RALEIGH—State environmental health officials have advised the public to be cautious about swimming in coastal and sound-side waters due to possible increased levels of bacteria in the water caused by excessive rainfall and flooding.

  • Worst of the storm has passed, but Brunswick 'still not out of the woods'

    The worst of the storm has passed in terms of rainfall, but Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano warns, “We’re still not out of the woods.”

    Most of the roads that were closed due to flooding early Thursday have been re-opened.

    “There could continue to be some fluctuation. When the waters do receded, there could still be saturation,” he said, meaning drivers must still use caution while driving.

  • Coastal flood warning, tornado watch, high surf advisory in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and high surf advisory for Brunswick County. Both are in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Large swells combined with an onshore wind will produce a high risk of dangerous rip currents for all Brunswick beaches throughout most of Thursday.

    Rip currents could be potentially life-threatening, particularly in the two-hour window near low tide which will be around 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather watch: Tornado watch issued

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County effective until 7 a.m. Thursday.

  • 9:30 p.m. Update: U.S. 17 is open

    As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. 17 was still open, however, emergency officials anticipate an overnight detour later.

  • Weather watch: Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday

    All Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday, according to a Connect-Ed message by Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    In the message, Pruden said because of "terrential rainfalls" and the "anticipation of significant rainfall overnight," the district has decided to cancel classes for Thursday, Sept. 30.

    For more information, call the district's central office at 253-2900.

  • Weather watch: Rising water has many on standby

    Rising water from a deluge of rain has residents on standby and drivers traveling cautiously throughout Brunswick County. A number of areas, including roads leading to Holden Beach, are impassable due to flooding and ponding.

    There’s also concern about the Shallotte River, which has been rising consistently since 8 a.m. Thursday and threatening to flood along Main Street in Shallotte.

    “We are very concerned,” said Brenda Milliken at Shallotte Electric, where employees have been moving materials to higher levels.

  • Church briefs

    Blessing of the animals set

    Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St. in Shallotte, will offer a service for the blessing of animals at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

    This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on Oct. 4. He was known for showing compassion toward all living things.

  • Who is waiting at the gate of our affluence?

    Whenever I read the prophet Amos, especially in company with the story of the rich man and Lazarus told in the gospel according to Luke, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Sadness competes with guilt; denial with disgust. It is all too clear to me I am the rich one who is being referenced. My dress may not be splendid nor colored purple, but I want for nothing. Some, especially my husband, would say that my meals are not visual feasts; however they are both filling and abundant. 

  • Benton-Leder engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Allison Rae Benton of Shallotte and Daniel Lawrence Leder of Little River, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald W. Benton of Ash and the late Ellen K. Benton. The prospective groom is the son of Mary Ann Allgood and Paul M. Leder of Whiteville. A March 13, 2011, wedding is planned at West Martello Tower in Key West, Fla.