Today's News

  • Sheriff’s helicopter credited for finding Alzheimer’s patient

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the sheriff’s office helicopter Air One, rescued a missing subject in a thick wooded area of Ocean Isle Beach Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, deputies responded to a home on East Northwind Drive in Ocean Isle Beach in reference to Gary Lynn Bragg, 72, who failed to return to his residence.

    Bragg, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, had been gone since about 4 p.m. that day.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling and property damage on First Street in Shallotte; suspect shot into victim’s residence while the victim was in the home. A Honda Civic and a couch were damaged from the shots.

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect put three iron golf clubs in victim’s yard.

  • School make-up day set for Oct. 10

    School district officials have scheduled a make-up day for last Friday’s school closing.

    After first planning to release students early in preparation for Hurricane Irene’s arrival, school officials cancelled school on Friday, Aug. 26.

    Monday, Oct. 10, will serve as the student make-up day for the Aug. 26 closure.


  • No change in Brunswick’s double-digit unemployment in July

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for July remained at 10.3 percent.

    June’s unemployment rate was also 10.3 percent, according to information provided by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    July’s 10.3 percent unemployment rate is a slight decrease from the July 2010 unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.

    Of Brunswick County’s labor force of 51,012 workers, 5,233 were unemployed in July, according to ESC estimates.

  • South beats West in tennis dual


    South Brunswick beat West Brunswick 7-2 in a conference tennis dual Aug. 25 at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center, a dual that had some exciting matches.

    At No. 1 singles, the feature match of the dual, defending conference champion Summer Phillips remained unbeaten in her varsity conference singles career, defeating Penny Watts 7-5, 6-1.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Calabash debris removal

    The town of Calabash is accepting hurricane debris from residents at its maintenance yard on Persimmon Road from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Just stop by town hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to obtain a decal. Town workers also will conduct curbside removal for bagged hurricane yard debris and limbs no longer than 4 feet or wider than 4 inches. For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Debris pickup starts Aug. 30 in Sunset Beach

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Carolina Shores Recycle Center accepting debris

  • The day after Irene: OIB, SB and HB

     On Saturday morning as first light dawned on Brunswick County, the winds of Hurricane Irene continued to blow.

    By noon power lines and trees continued to fall across the county. Stoplights in Shallotte lost power and emergency crews vigorously worked to restore power and ensure safety. On the beaches, the sand blew in sheets.

    But the good news is the visable damage to property on the islands is minimal. A few houses on each of southern Brunswick’s islands beaches sustained damage to siding, screens, windows and shutters.