Today's News

  • Brunswick County under water use state of emergency

    Brunswick County is under a state of emergency, and water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users after attempts at a temporary fix to a broken water main did not work.

    According to a county update, crews worked until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, but an attempted band sleeve, which would have been a temporary repair to the broken water main, was not successful. The county’s water situation is no better than before.

  • Leland police looking for missing teen

    Leland Police Department officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Leland teen.

     Colby Byers Abreu, 14, of Stony Woods Drive, was last seen at his home on Monday, Oct. 17, at around 5 p.m. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a light blue Nike jacket. He is described as a white male with short brown hair.

     Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.     

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • One-Stop early voting begins Oct. 20

    Brunswick County’s One-Stop early voting opens Oct. 20 in four locations.

    Sarah Knotts, county board of elections director, is getting the word out to voters to understand One-Stop voting sites are on different schedules.

    “When the state extended early voting, we did not open all sites a week early,” Knotts said. “Only three (satellite) sites in major population centers of Leland, Southport and Shallotte will open Thursday.”

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • School board OKs class makeup schedule after hurricane cancellations

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a makeup schedule during committee meetings Tuesday for classes canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.

    Students owe four days and teachers owe three days (teachers either worked or took annual leave Oct. 12), school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Friday, Oct. 28, was originally an early release day, but will instead be a full day for students.

  • Water line break leads to mandatory water restrictions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce updated county commissioners during their meeting Monday night on the effort to repair a water line break that has county water customers under mandatory restrictions.

    Pierce told the board a cooperative effort between Brunswick County utilities, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and other partners are reassessing their options to repair the leak in the line. “Everyone understands the severity of it,” he said.

  • Schools sustain hurricane damage

    Several Brunswick County Schools buildings sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Oct. 4 to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs were needed at schools as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Although schools reported damage totaling $18,906, school district spokeswoman Swencki said the request did not have to be enacted because each project was handled individually and none of the individual projects costs exceeded $10,000.


  • WWII POW Pat Patterson dies at 96

    He was a soldier to the core, a World War II pilot and Prisoner of War who fought alongside the “greatest” and lived a long life to tell all about it.

    Less than two weeks after returning to Ohio to live with his son, Charles A. “Pat” Patterson, beloved member of Calabash VFW Post 7288, died last Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 96.

  • Shallotte police arrest three on multiple felony charges

    Three people are accused of depositing stolen checks to buy heroin between June and September.

    Christian Orion Russ, 24, of Longwood Road in Longwood, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 12, and charged with two felony counts each of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, exploiting disabled/elderly, conspiracy, receiving money improperly from a bank machine and depositing money into a banking machine.