Today's News

  • Water line break repair attempts continue

    Despite an unsuccessful first attempt to patch a raw water line break and a continued state of emergency for Brunswick County, officials said residents’ limited water use has kept the water flowing.

    County Manager Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce updated county commissioners at a special called meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, on drinking water availability and the second attempt to fix the water pipe.

  • SBHS junior accused of sexual assault at homecoming event

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a South Brunswick High School junior accused of sexual assault during a homecoming bonfire Wednesday, Oct. 19.

    Jibri Ali Ballard, 16, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, and charged with felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor sexual battery.

  • Canopies still a shady topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In its end-of-summer assessment, Sunset Beach Town Council is still debating the pros and cons of allowing tents and cabanas on the beach.

    During an almost hour-long discussion Tuesday, council opted to reconsider allowing the shade-providing devices following a summer season review of beach patrol operations, cabanas and regulations.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said they do run out of space for cabanas.

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • One-Stop early voting begins Oct. 20

    Brunswick County’s One-Stop early voting opens Oct. 20 in four locations.

    Sarah Knotts, county board of elections director, is getting the word out to voters to understand One-Stop voting sites are on different schedules.

    “When the state extended early voting, we did not open all sites a week early,” Knotts said. “Only three (satellite) sites in major population centers of Leland, Southport and Shallotte will open Thursday.”

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • School board OKs class makeup schedule after hurricane cancellations

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a makeup schedule during committee meetings Tuesday for classes canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.

    Students owe four days and teachers owe three days (teachers either worked or took annual leave Oct. 12), school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Friday, Oct. 28, was originally an early release day, but will instead be a full day for students.

  • Locals rally to help flood victims

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which spurred flooding in other parts of the state, generosity flows in Shallotte and beyond.

    Shallotte Electric at 4900 Main St. has become station central for a relief effort and collection of items to be taken to flood victims in Lumberton.

    Since announcing the effort last week, officials at the longtime Shallotte business have been inundated with items being contributed by generous-hearted residents.

    “Food, water, diapers, canned goods,” business owner Jamie Milliken said Thursday.

  • Schools sustain hurricane damage

    Several Brunswick County Schools buildings sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Oct. 4 to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs were needed at schools as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Although schools reported damage totaling $18,906, school district spokeswoman Swencki said the request did not have to be enacted because each project was handled individually and none of the individual projects costs exceeded $10,000.


  • WWII POW Pat Patterson dies at 96

    He was a soldier to the core, a World War II pilot and Prisoner of War who fought alongside the “greatest” and lived a long life to tell all about it.

    Less than two weeks after returning to Ohio to live with his son, Charles A. “Pat” Patterson, beloved member of Calabash VFW Post 7288, died last Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 96.