Today's News

  • Residents concerned about taste of local water supply

    Several residents are questioning the safety of the local water supply, after reporting a "musty" taste and odor recently.

    Below is Brunswick County's Public Utilities Department's response. You can find out more at www.brunsco.net.

  • More federal beach projects, dredging funds coming to Brunswick

    On Wednesday, the United States Senate passed the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which includes $3.6 million in funding for North Carolina for navigation and energy efficiency projects.

    An additional $2.8 million was secured for North Carolina coastal projects.

  • Holden Beach disbands beach patrol, assigns officers to strand

    HOLDEN BEACH—The town manager has disbanded the beach patrol, consisting of three part-time employees, and assigned police officers to patrol the strand instead.

    “The board put money in [this year’s] operations budget to fund the police department to be out there,” town manager David Hewett said this week. “In the past, we hired part-time seasonal help.”

  • Remains positively identified as Alice Donovan's

    Remains recovered in January off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., have been positively identified as those of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002 by two Kentucky prison escapees.

    The remains—bone fragments and a human skull—have been positively identified as those of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday.

    Those findings were released last Friday following DNA testing at the University of North Texas, Kegler said.

  • Sunset Beach to get $3 million in sewer stimulus funds

    Sunset Beach is among towns slated to receive stimulus money to help with its wastewater treatment project.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles noted in a recent press release $3 million from the second round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards is earmarked for Sunset Beach.

    In addition, $3 million has been granted to the city of Southport for an additional pump station/force main to its wastewater treatment plant, and another $3 million to the town of Burgaw for wastewater system improvements.

  • Shallotte awards bids for fire truck, town hall additions

    Shallotte has awarded bids for a new fire pumper truck and additions and improvements to town hall.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board approved fire chief Paul Dunwell’s recommendation to award the $276,553 contract to Ferrara Fire Apparatus, which provides equipment to departments in Horry County, S.C., Dunwell said.

  • You can’t fix stupid, but you can throw money at it

    When you’re talking about nearly $800 billion, what’s another $18 million? That’s not even enough to cover the interest—spend it.

    I would venture the previous statement sums up the entire thought process that went into the decision to spend nearly $18 million over the next six years to revamp recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks where and how stimulus money is being spent.

    Adding insult to injury, taxpayers are actually footing the $18 million bill just so they can see where their stimulus money is being spent.

  • Kids spend a day at the fishing derby

    On Saturday more than 70 kids participated in the Kids Fishing Derby at the Oak Island Pier. The event was sponsored by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department.

    Kids were given awards for the largest fish, smallest fish, skinnest fish, ugliest fish, shiniest fish and most fish caught. Those who did not catch any fish were able to participate in a drawing for prizes. The prizes awarded included fishing rods with popular themes such as Cars, Batman, Barbie, Hannah Montana and Superman.

  • Decision on grievance made; board refuses to release details

    BOLIVIA—After meeting in three closed sessions in the past three weeks to discuss a grievance filed against Superintendent Katie McGee by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant, the Brunswick County Board of Education has reached a decision.

    But they won’t say what it is.

    After coming out of a four-hour closed session at a specially called meeting Thursday night, board chairwoman Shirley Babson said she could not release information on the board’s decision citing personnel laws.

  • Fire departments respond to overturned boat call

    The Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a report of an overturned boat on the east end of the Sunset Beach at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. They later found that the boat’s owner was already safe on shore.

    Two responders from Sunset Beach and one from Ocean Isle were injured during the search for the boater, according to Sunset Beach Assistant Chief Scott Bookout, but have recovered.