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Today's News

  • Hurricane Jose lingers as Hurricane Maria threatens coast

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center in Miami announced Hurricane Maria became a Category 5 storm as of 8 p.m. Monday.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane was 110 miles southeast of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasts show it was likely to continue in that direction and reach Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    The hurricane was reported to have sustained winds of 160 mph; 110 mph is considered a major hurricane.

  • Supply man wins $150,000 Powerball prize

    Joseph Britt of Supply is celebrating after he won $150,000 playing Powerball. He beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in the Sept. 13 drawing, according to a N.C. Education Lottery news release.

    His good fortune happened after he stopped at the Minuteman Food Mart on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte and bought a Powerball ticket.

    The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because Britt added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier was drawn.

  • County board OKs school bond financial advisor, water connection

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a contract Monday night with Stephens Inc. to serve as the financial advisor to issue the first phase of General Obligation (GO) bonds for Brunswick County Schools improvements and expansion.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the $152 million in bonds will be issued in phases with $52,950,000 to be issued in July 2018.

    In July 2020, $47,550,000 will be issued for phase two and $51,500,000 will be issued in July 2022 for phase three.

  • Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now

    Maintenance dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet has been completed, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.

    USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.

  • Belville opens new town hall on River Road

    BELVILLE — Belville pushed the limit of the new town hall’s 156-person occupancy as visitors filled commissioners’ meeting room for the opening of the new building at 63 River Road on Saturday.

    Mayor Mike Allen told the audience that in 1977, the causeway connecting Belville to Wilmington opened and had the unfortunate effect of causing a number of businesses that were located just across River Road (N.C. 133) to close.

  • Coyote conflict management workshop Sept. 19

    A joint program on coyote conflict management will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at Brunswick Cooperative Extension Service Office, 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    The workshop agenda includes introductions and coyote biology, coyote non-lethal management techniques, rules and regulations, trapping basics and a coyote trapping technique demonstration.

    This workshops is free, but space is limited. Call the Extension office at 253-2610 to sign up.

  • Town board OKs brunch bill, beer garden for Run OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach town officials heard from enough local businesses in the past month to vote for the “brunch bill.”

    North Carolina passed the Senate Bill 155 that allows alcohol sales by businesses beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, subject to local government approval.

    In August, commissioners discussed approving an ordinance allowing the brunch bill legislation in town, but none of the board members had heard of any interest in changing the alcohol sales hours in town.

  • Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.

    Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.

  • GenX manufacturer agrees to share information with DEQ

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and The Chemours Co. came to a court-assisted agreement to open the lines of communication in the GenX water contamination investigation.

    Chemours manufactures GenX for use in making Teflon and other products under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit with the Environmental Protection Agency that was managed by the DEQ. The permit governs Chemours’ discharge of wastewater from its Fayetteville facility.

  • Chamber collects Florida clean-up kits

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce office is a drop-off location for residents who want to donate clean-up kits for Floridians in need following Hurricane Irma.

    Kits should be taken to the chamber offices no later than Wednesday, Sept. 20. East Coast Moving will be picking up the supplies Thursday, Sept. 21.

    What is a clean-up kit? One 5-gallon bucket filled with one each of the following: broom, mop, bleach, large sponge, small sponge and floor cleaner.