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Today's News

  • Retiring BFA director Fred Stephens proud of agency teamwork

    Fred Stephens’ first three years with Brunswick Family Assistance started out the way many retirees settling here involve themselves with the nonprofit community help agency: By volunteering.

    “I was a food pantry volunteer,” recalled BFA’s 73-year-old executive director who is officially retiring this Thursday, June 30.

    “I worked every Friday morning and packed boxes of food,” Stephens said of his initial work that launched seven years ago at BFA headquarters in Shallotte.

  • Legislature abolishes Brunswick County Coroner’s Office

    The General Assembly has abolished the Brunswick County Coroner’s Office.

    Members of the House voted late Tuesday afternoon, June 28, to pass Senate Bill 215, which state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport filed March 10, 2015. The Senate passed the bill Sept. 17.

    Legislative librarian Jane Basnight said because this is a local bill, it does not have to go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.

  • Former Sheriff John Carr dies at 88

    John Carr Davis, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff from 1983 through 1994, died on his birthday Monday, June 27. He was 88.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, Sheriff John Ingram, Chief Deputy Charlie Miller and many others began their law enforcement careers under Davis’ leadership.

  • No tax increase in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE            — Shallotte passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget as presented at a public hearing Thursday, June 23.

  • Sunset Beach islanders raise environmental sand

    SUNSET BEACH —Island activists continue to question ongoing environmental issues related to construction and potential construction on the Sunset Beach island.

    The latest have to do with dune work on the Palm Cove site on the east end of the island as well as a Coastal Area Management Act permit that was recently approved for the Sunset Beach West development on the west end of the island.

  • Iler seeks to delete Palm Cove from de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has requested removal of Palm Cove from legislation authorizing de-annexation in Sunset Beach.

    As Senate Bill 875 continues to stall in the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations in Raleigh, Iler has requested removal of the east end island development in accordance with an agreement approved last week by town council to let Palm Cove have swimming pools, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s town board meeting.

  • Native plant garden completed in Mulberry Park
  • Man clad in underwear and socks steals truck from school

    Officers apprehended a Sunset Beach man wearing only eyeglasses, underwear and socks who they said stole a Brunswick County Schools truck from Shallotte Middle School on Thursday morning, June 23.

    Shallotte police Sgt. John Holman said 26-year-old Eric Faull Williams of Town Center Road,was taken into custody Thursday after a school employee told officials they were being followed by the man, covered in mud and grass, as he entered the school about 6 a.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

  • Horse owners urged to vaccinate equines

    North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equines after two horses in Horry County, S.C., contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County borders Brunswick County.

  • H2GO board resolves to proceed with reverse osmosis water plant

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to approve a resolution to move forward on a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Chairman Bill Browning and commissioners Carl Antos and Ron Jenkins supporting the move while commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley opposed it.

    Gerken and Trombley were elected to the board last November on a campaign to oppose the plant. At their first board meeting, they pushed to suspend further funding of the plant and review the project and costs.