Today's News

  • WATERLOGGED: Historic rainfall drenches Brunswick County

    Brunswick County has begun bailing out of a days-long storm system that descended over the Carolinas last Friday, soaking and pounding and flooding with record-setting rainfall in the region off and on through Monday.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington recorded rainfall of up to 22.25 inches in Calabash between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

  • Trio on way home aids people stranded in cars

    Sonya and Chase Long and Jeff Carter were on their way home in the middle of Friday night’s storm when they saw a woman in distress.

    What else could they do but stop and help?

    “She was stuck in her car,” said Sonya Chase, recalling the dramatic rescue that took place as the trio was passing by the Spring Mill Plantation community off Calabash Road in their big Ford 250 diesel truck.

    They rescued the woman and took her to her home in the community near Carolina Shores, only to come upon other residents also stranded in their cars.

  • Storm assessed in individual towns


    Belville Mayor Mike Allen said some neighborhoods had flooding in the backyards of homes, but it did not reach the residences.

    “The worst we had was in Woodridge where there was flooding in the backyard,” Allen said.

    Water flowing over Kings Wharf Way washed out the shoulder of the road, exposing drainpipes, so the town had a crew making a temporary repair Monday.

    “Otherwise, there was no wind damage or other flooding in town,” Allen said.

  • Brunswick County road conditions

    Calabash, Carolina Shores

    U.S. 17 at the North Carolina-South Carolina state line is closed both ways.

    Carolina Shores has standing water.

    Blackwater Drive and Thomasboro Road have standing water running across both lanes.

    The entrance to Calabash Lakes at Thomasboro Road has several inches of standing water.

    Crow Creek off U.S. 17 is flooding.

    The 4-5000 block of South Middleton Drive in Brunswick Plantation is impassable. South Middleton past Stanton Hall Drive has standing water.

    Western Brunswick County

  • Injured teen named West Brunswick homecoming queen

     SHALLOTTE — More than a year has passed since West Brunswick High School senior Selena Utter was seriously injured in a single-vehicle wreck that killed one of her closest friends.

    Since then, Utter has returned to school, picked up archery and spent a lot of her time swimming and hanging out with friends.

    She’s also earned the distinction of West Brunswick High School’s 2015 Homecoming Queen.

  • Supply man found guilty of indecent liberties with a child

     A judge found a Supply man guilty of a felony charge involving the sexual assault of a child last week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Ebern T. Watson found 44-year-old Ramon Gonzalez-Uribe guilty of indecent liberties with a child and assault on a female Thursday, Oct. 1, after a trial that began Sept. 28. Assistant District Attorneys Cathi Radford and Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.

  • Coastal issues lawyer advises beach protection group

    BOLIVIA — The former Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) has chosen to work together informally, but sought advice Sept. 30 on integrating beach sand replacement and waterway dredging.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The consortium changed its name to Brunswick Shoreline Protection as the members will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • BCC partners with national organization to improve student success

     Brunswick Community College is reaping the benefits of a $200,000 endowment grant it received in July. Furthermore, the college is working with the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program to help its students obtain high-quality credentials and jobs.

    The Aspen Institute, a national educational and policy studies organization, is partnering with eight North Carolina community colleges, including Brunswick, according to a news release issued by the institute in September.

  • BCC offers programs for ‘Plus 50’ students

     Not every student at Brunswick Community College recently graduated from high school.

    Thanks to a Plus 50 Initiative launched in 2013, students 50 and older are taking advantage of the courses offered at the local college.

  • Leland amends development planning, reverses U.S. 17 zoning

    LELAND — Leland town council members approved including transportation impact analysis in development planning to better prepare for future use of town roads.

    When the main through roads become congested, people often use roads in the neighborhoods that were not intended for through traffic, Leland senior planner Ashli Barefoot said during the Sept. 17 town meeting.