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Today's News

  • Bureau seeks 25 percent homeowners insurance rate hike for county beaches

    Insurance companies want a 25 percent increase on Brunswick County homeowners insurance rates on or near the coast and 23.7 percent everywhere else.

    The number increases to a 40 percent rate hike proposed for Brunswick County renters and condominium owners, according to numbers the North Carolina Rate Bureau proposed to the state’s Department of Insurance.

  • BCSO offers reward in Longwood fatal shooting case

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of a Longwood man.

    Anthony Scott Beers, 30, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 10, after being taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    He was shot about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the area of Carlon and George Daniels roads in the Longwood community, according to a sheriff’s office news release that called the case an ongoing homicide investigation.

  • Early hired as county economic development director

    The public/private nonprofit partnership in charge of Brunswick County’s economic development has hired Bill Early to serve as the new executive director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

    Brunswick County commissioners in July approved the partnership to serve as the county’s economic development organization, working with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • A testament to faith

    As the fourth wave crashed down on his kayak, 63-year-old Bob Brown of Oak Island felt no fear.

    As Brown struggled for what he guessed was three hours at the mercy of the tide in Lockwood Folly Inlet the afternoon of Dec. 5, he remained fearless.

    When Brown woke up in a bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington the next morning, he was still unafraid.

    Brown, who will turn 64 on Dec. 15, almost didn’t make it to his next birthday following his bout with Mother Nature.

  • Officials fight two residential fires in less than 24 hours

    No one was injured in a two Brunswick County residential fires reported in less than 24 hours beginning Sunday night.

    The American Red Cross was called to assist both families affected by the two fires, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    The first fire happened just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of Seashore Hills Road in Supply, Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Capt. Dave Robinson said.

    A portion of the home was “well engulfed by fire,” which was brought under control by about 11 p.m., he said.

  • Two die in separate crashes Sunday in Supply

     

  • New H2GO board members hire attorneys to reclaim assets

    LELAND — The H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District board’s three-member majority continued to work on taking back what the previous board gave away.

    Board members Jeff Gerken, Trudy Trombley and Bill Beer met Dec. 7 at the H2GO office on Village Road where they approved an agreement with the law firm Crossley, McIntosh, Collier, Hanley & Edes P.L.L.C. to work on returning assets that were turned over to Belville by the former majority at the Nov. 28 board meeting, the last for H2GO chairman Bill Browning and secretary Carl Antos.

  • Carolina Shores starts search for new commissioner

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have launched the process to recruit a replacement board member following the resignation of commissioner Mary Timothy at a Dec. 4 town workshop.

    At their monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, commissioners approved a resolution to start the search by getting out word among residents.

    “The goal is to get people who actually are potential candidates,” said Mayor Joyce Dunn, who sought guidance from the University of North Carolina School of Government and North Carolina League of Municipalities.

  • County agrees to join insurance pool for employees

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed Dec. 4 to join an insurance pool for employee coverage in budget year 2019-20.

    Commissioners adopted a resolution of intent to participate the North Carolina Health Insurance Pool (NCHIP) employee health insurance program, provided it is formed and meets the terms of the Local Government Risk Pool Act by May 31, 2018.

  • Local residents protest federal tax plan

    A group of about 40 people from all over Brunswick County show up Dec. 7 at Congressman David Rouzer’s office in Bolivia to protest the federal government’s proposed tax plan, which they believe will hurt the middle class and harm the environment. Among the protest participants are members of Stand Up Brunswick and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team.