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Today's News

  • Work planned on road near Ocean Isle Beach

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Eyota Drive, two-tenths of a mile south of N.C. 197, near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 12, for maintenance.
    Crews will detour traffic for 1.2 miles: .2 miles to Culpepper, .3 miles to Causeway Drive, .2 miles to N.C. 179, .3 miles to Eyota Drive, then .2 miles to the pipe site.

  • County will match grant to remove sunken Holden Beach shrimp boat

    The perpetually sinking ship that sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Holden Beach could find a final resting place in the Brunswick County Landfill.

    County commissioners unanimously approved a staff request to apply for a grant to pay for the removal of the shrimp boat at the board’s Nov. 12 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick County will apply for $25,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2015 Community based Marine Debris Removal grant.

  • County commissioners agree to $3.5 million land purchase for park

    County commissioners are planning to purchase property for a park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    The property includes three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the waterway just west of the Holden Beach bridge.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county will buy the properties for $3.5 million from Sweetwater Investments LLC.

    Commissioners agreed to the purchase by a 4-1 vote at their Nov. 12 agenda meeting, with Commissioner Pat Sykes dissenting.

  • Tree of Hope adoptions sought for annual BFA distribution

    As Brunswick Family Assistance gets ready for the holidays, it could use some assistance, too.

    The Shallotte-based nonprofit, which provides assistance for families in need, including its annual Christmas distribution in December, has come up short and needs help.

    “We are desperately looking for people to adopt tags,” BFA program manager Lora Moree said.

    BFA still has 135 tags remaining on its holiday Tree of Hope bearing names of seniors and children and their Christmas wish lists this year.

  • County receives plan for Smithville park renovation

    BOLIVIA — A proposed $9.4 million three-phase renovation of Smithville Township District Park left one Brunswick County commissioner with sticker shock at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting.

    Derek Williams, North Carolina division manager for Alfred Benesch & Co./Site Solutions, was hired to perform a site analysis and create the proposed recreation improvements at the Southport park.

    “It is $9 million for all the improvements,” Williams said.

  • Brunswick County Streetreach adapts services

    Brunswick County Streetreach is known for its efforts to shelter the homeless, but it offers more than a place to sleep.

    Organized by the Rev. Donna Phelps and her husband, Garry, Brunswick County Streetreach is in its fourth year operating to serve the homeless in Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Horry County, S.C.

  • Injured church cat back on four feet after year of prayers

    SUPPLY — If cats have nine lives, Jasper the church cat is at least on his second one.

    Just a year ago, the gray tabby mascot feline at Sabbath Home Baptist Church in Supply was close to death after getting hit by a car while church pastor Wade McLamb and his family were out of town for Thanksgiving.

    A woman had been taking care of Jasper while the family was away, letting him out during the day and back into the parsonage at night. But the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the woman called the McLambs to tell them Jasper hadn’t shown up.

  • Traffic on U.S. 74/76 hurts some businesses, helps others

    LELAND — Traffic congestion on U.S. 74/76/17 as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews work to widen the road is not only affecting commuters.

    Local businesses are experiencing the impact of the change in traffic flow in different ways — some good, some bad.

  • Leland parks and rec pleased with public input on plans

    LELAND — Leland has a good idea where the future of its parks and recreation services will go in the next five years. It will continue adding pedestrian and biking trails, but could also establish a community recreation center.

    Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said those ideas came straight from the residents through three public meetings held to discuss the future of parks and recreation offerings.

    The meetings were held Oct. 22, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 as part of the town’s update of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

  • Pressure defense leads to BCC victory

     BOLIVIA — A loose strand of nylon net dangled from the hoop on the Brunswick Community College end of the court.

    But there wasn’t anything loose about BCC’s pressure defense as the Dolphins beat Wake Tech 77-62 in the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym Nov. 25.