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Today's News

  • Fort Anderson Confederate flag in need of repair

    Controversy over displaying the Confederate flag has arisen in Southern states following the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    But the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visitor’s center in Winnabow has had to take down its Confederate flag for another reason: To save it from deteriorating.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian, said the flag, which has been on display on a wall in the museum, was ready for an upgraded display with a conservation-grade case.

  • Emergency response personnel conduct hazardous materials exercise

     SUNNY POINT — First responders rushed to the scene at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week to assess a simulated situation in which a tractor-trailer carrying explosives collided with a railcar that contained hazardous materials.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services officials organized the full-scale exercise that was held July 28 just a stone’s throw from the terminal entrance at Sunny Point.

  • Town Creek Park senior site adds to BSRI 2015 projects

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) is preparing to open a 10th senior site in the county.

    County commissioners approved a request from BSRI at their July 20 meeting for more than $29,000 to fund a nutrition site in the Town Creek Park community building: $2,628 to purchase set-up equipment and $26,580 to operate the site for one year.

    BSRI provides programs and services for Brunswick County residents 60 and older — a population that is estimated at more than 40,000.

  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

  • East end street closings hearing Sept. 8

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public hearing on commissioners’ intent to permanently close portions of eight streets on the east end of the island for a planned development.

    At their July 14 town meeting, town commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary conceptual plan for the 47-lot, gated development on the east end of the island beyond Shallotte Boulevard.

  • Brunswick County claims its eighth lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s incredible lottery streak continues with an Ocean Isle Beach man winning $10,000 this week.

    John Croake won $10,000 in the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

    In early July, Kevin Beauchamp of Leland won $10,000 in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game.

    Sean Watson of Columbus Countywon the $227,196 jackpot in the July 2 Cash 5 drawing via Play at the Pump at a gas pump at Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

  • New traffic signal at Leland/Belville intersection

    Motorists will see a new flashing signal at N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road in Leland/Belville beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as the North Carolina Department of Transportation prepares to fully activate the new traffic signal.
    As part of what is often referred to as the Leland Causeway Bridge Project, the new signal is expected to improve safety by controlling traffic at the N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road intersection. Currently, traffic on Blackwell Road has to stop, while traffic on N.C. 133 continues through the intersection.

  • Former school board member indicted on embezzlement charges

     A former Brunswick County Board of Education member was indicted last week on embezzlement charges more than two years after his arrest.

    A grand jury indicted Raymond Carl Gilbert on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

  • Two Shallotte men face felony sex charges

     Two Shallotte men have been charged with multiple felony sex charges in separate cases.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Saturday, Aug. 1, and charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    He is accused of “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” engaging in a sex offense with a victim “who was at the time mentally disabled” between May 2014 and March 2015, warrants show.