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Today's News

  • Volunteers team up to learn what’s ‘B.E.S.T. For Kids’

    BOLIVIA — A group of 126 people moved as one as they copied the movements of the woman at the front of the room at Brunswick Community College on Jan. 10.

    Only this wasn’t an exercise class at Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. It was a training session for B.E.S.T. (Brunswick Early Success Team) For Kids, an initiative set to launch at the end of this month in elementary schools across the public school district.

  • Commissioners rescind offshore drilling support — for now

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners rescinded their support Jan. 16 for seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic coast.

    But a final decision on where the board stands will be made in 30 days.

    On Tuesday, the board reversed a July 6, 2015, county resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for offshore oil and natural gas development along the Atlantic coast.

  • OIB airport to receive funding

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport in Ocean Isle Beach will receive $33,334 for phase one of a new perimeter fence.

    It is one of four airports in the state to receive N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation approval of state and federal funding.

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report about gun fired at a Brunswick County Schools bus about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    A bus window was damaged, but no one was hurt.

    Someone called dispatchers to report the shooting near Jones Street and Green Lewis Road in Bolivia, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and school district.

    Deputies who responded determined the shot came from a BB gun accidentally fired by a child at one of the homes in the neighborhood.

  • County’s residential real estate market shows strong, steady growth in 2017

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales totaled $1.2 billion in 2017, crossing the billion-dollar threshold for the first time since 2005, and increased 32 percent over 2016, according to the most recent data from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of units sold in 2017 jumped 23 percent over the previous year, increasing from 3,746 to 4,613. The average sales price increased 8.5 percent, from $243,610 to $261,925.

  • OIB’s roundabout in eye of new development

    The intersection of Ocean Isle Beach Road SW (SR 1184), Causeway Drive (NC 904) and Beach Drive SW (NC 179) will be a hub of development activity in 2018.

    The new owner of Ocean Isle Palms a mile north on Ocean Isle Beach Road has taken the first step toward developing the neighborhood.

    The shell of the Publix grocery store in the Ocean Isle Beach Marketplace just east of the intersection on Beach Drive has been raised.

  • Shallotte police seek man who damaged coin-operated machine

    Police detectives are looking for the middle-aged white man who damaged coin-operated machines in Shallotte.

    The man wears glasses. He was seen wearing a Nike hoodie with a jacket during one break-in and wearing a hat with flames on the bill, a flannel long-sleeved shirt and blue denim jeans in another.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police 754-6008 and asking to speak to Detective Sgt. John Holman or Detective Cory McLamb, or send a private message through the department’s Facebook page.

  • House, Senate at odds over GenX testing bill

    An effort to move forward with testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

    But instead of blocking House Bill 189 — Short Term Response to Emerging Contaminants Bill along party lines, the House supported the measure while the Senate held off on taking action.

  • Update: Deputies arrest Shallotte man considered armed and dangerous

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man Tuesday morning who was considered armed and dangerous.

    James Ali Pugh, 38, of Green Pine Drive was sought on burglary, kidnapping and assault on a female charges, as well as a domestic violence order violation. He was arrested without incident and is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • School board OKs amended schedule for snow days

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved changing Tuesday, Jan. 23, from a required teacher workday to a regular school day for students to make up a snow day.

    The last day of the semester also will be extended by two days to make up the remaining snow days. It will now be Jan. 25, as requested by Superintendent Les Tubb and approved by the board during its regular meeting Jan. 9.