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Today's News

  • County commissioners: More study needed to fix Carolina Shores flooding

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners see more study of the Caw Caw drainage district as the only viable action to address the October 2015 storm flooding impact on Carolina Shores.

    The board met in a special session Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hear from Eric Williams, a consultant with HDR Engineering of the Carolinas, who presented a summary of options that might improve general drainage issues in the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • BCC opens business and industry incubator at the Leland campus

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College officials opened the doors on the county business and industry incubator at the Leland BCC campus Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Velva Jenkins, BCC Vice President of continuing education, economic and workforce development, said is the new theme for the incubator is “All business dreams are ready to be reviewed!” as it begins accepting applications from potential entrepreneurs.

  • Carolina Shores retreat Jan. 28, community, volunteer programs under way

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have an annual board retreat at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in town hall council chambers at 200 Persimmon Road. The session is open to the public.

    Volunteer, community programs

    The town is also launching a volunteer kickoff and second speaker’s series called “Community Building Blocks: Engaging Residents to Enhance Communications and Problem Solving.”

  • Brunswick County Streetreach aids homeless in winter rain and cold

    While area communities braved last weekend’s cold with little incident, Brunswick County Streetreach was reaching out to the homeless.

    When winter rain and cold descended last week, a team of volunteers with the sheltering ministry fanned out to aid people living outside.

    “Clutching flashlights and shivering, volunteers canvassed locations across the county where the homeless are known to sleep,” reads a Streetreach press release issued Monday, Jan. 25.

    The team spent two days distributing food, gloves, coats and thermal blankets.

  • Guard against cold-weather crooks

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    Falling temperatures remind us of the changing seasons, but we also need to be aware of seasonal scams.

    Winter conditions often bring an increase in reports of a particular scam that capitalizes on our fear of being cold. And after winter storms, unscrupulous businesses often prey on consumers seeking repair and clean-up services.

    In the utility cut-off scam, someone claiming to be with your utility company says your bill is past due and must be paid immediately or your power or gas will be shut off.

  • Supply man accused of setting horse stable fire

     A Supply man is accused of setting fire to a horse stable Sunday, Jan. 24.

    The stable was vacant during the fire and no horses were injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax added.

    Detectives arrested 18-year-old Hunter Anthony Howell and charged him with felony burning other buildings and first-degree trespassing, Flax said.

    Howell is accused of setting fire to a building that is used as a horse stable in the 2300 block of Boones Neck Road, warrants show.

  • UPDATE: Larkin new Sunset Beach councilman

    SUNSET BEACH — Pete Larkin will fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant town council seat after being chosen in a split vote by Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Larkin, a retired civil engineer who has served on the town board of adjustment and as a volunteer firefighter in Sunset Beach, received votes from council members Carol Scott and Lou De Vita, plus a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Ron Watts, at the Feb. 1 meeting.

  • Shallotte woman accused of stealing a firearm

     A 19-year-old Shallotte woman accused of stealing a gun faces a felony charge after her Monday, Jan. 25, arrest.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Summer Elisa Lysak, of Sasspan Drive, and charged her with larceny of a firearm.

    Lysak is accused of stealing a Colt .380 semi-automatic handgun from a residence on Rock Crab Way in Shallotte on Dec. 17, 2015, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Monday.

    Lysak is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail. 

  • Public officials, like the press, must answer for their work

    Since I’ve returned to the Tar Heel State after nearly two decades in the Palmetto State, I’ve groused about how public records laws are much more transparent in South Carolina. I was particularly spoiled because after working with many law enforcement, public safety and court officials there for so long, many of them trusted me personally as much as professionally even though the stories I wrote often made their jobs potentially more difficult. They understood they had to answer for their work just as I had to answer for mine.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board digs up fill ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH — Town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard has been tasked with researching other towns about slope and fill requirements to develop a “best practice” for Sunset Beach.

    Direction came at a Sunset Beach Planning Board work meeting last Thursday, Jan. 21, during discussion to amend the town Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to address fill standards for lots.