Today's News

  • Fire damages Ocean Isle Beach home, no one injured

    Fire damaged an Ocean Isle Beach doublewide home Dec. 29. No one was injured.

    A neighbor reported the fire in the 1800 block of East Long Acres Drive at 7:30 a.m., Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Buddy Causey said. Crews had the fire under control about 8:15 a.m.

    No one was home at the time. Causey said the fire started in one of the electrical outlets outside the home and spread.

    Causey said the homeowner’s insurance company is investigating to determine the extent of the damage.

  • Leland man county’s fifth lottery winner in 2016

    William Jones of Leland got a Christmas present he couldn’t imagine when he found a winning Carolina Panthers ticket for the North Carolina Education Lottery worth $200,000 in his stocking.

    “My wife bought the ticket for me as a stocking stuffer,” Jones said in a news release. “It’s a pretty good Christmas present that’s for sure.”

  • Post-holiday municipal meetings scheduled

    The Carolina Shores Town Board of Commissioners will convene for its first monthly pre-agenda meeting of the new year at 10 a.m. next Monday, Jan. 9, followed by their monthly economic development commission meeting at 1 p.m. and regular meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road.

    For an agenda/packet, go to carolinashoresnc.com or call town hall at 575-4877.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren test Jan. 11

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 11, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 16

    Larceny by employee at Planet Fun by allowing access to bowling lanes without paying.

    Dec. 21

    Simple physical assault by spitting on the victim.

  • Phthalo Blue Gallery brings new hue of art to town

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Mary Zio long dreamed of opening her gallery.

    It finally came true this past September when the lifelong artist debuted Phthalo Blue Art Gallery at 7199 Beach Drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The gallery is named for the Syracuse, N.Y., native’s favorite hue of blue — phthalocyanine in long form, defined by Wikipedia as “an intensely blue-green-colored aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.”

  • Mallory Creek extension anticipated to open in April

    Leland’s plans to increase connector streets through the town will receive a big boost in 2017 when its first through-street to N.C. 133 is completed.

    Construction work on a one-mile extension of Mallory Creek Drive began in early November, Town Manager David Hollis said. Connecting Mallory Creek Drive to Rice Gate Way in Brunswick Forest will open up traffic for both neighborhoods, where residents can only enter or exit onto N.C. 133 and U.S. 17, respectively.

  • Calabash cheers New Year at sixth bonfire

    The town of Calabash rings in 2017 with its sixth annual New Year’s Eve “Cheers to the New Year” bonfire slated from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    The public is invited to come and gather and warm up ‘round a traditional roaring bonfire monitored by the Calabash Fire Department.

    Entertainment this year will consist of country music and line dancing.

  • Shallotte man ‘beats crew chief’ to win $20K in tools

    While most of us had to wait until last week for Santa to arrive, Christmas came early this year for Brian Doran when he won the SK Professional Tools “Beat the Crew Chief” Contest in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.

    Doran, originally from Eastern Long Island, N.Y., has worked as a mechanic since 1982 when a friend got him a job in a transmission shop while he was in high school.

  • County sees indirect benefits in 10-year transportation plan

    Only two transportation projects that directly or indirectly impact Brunswick County are expected to make the state’s next 10-year transportation plan when it is released in January.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 3, which covers Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Sampson counties, had five aviation projects, a ferry project and three highway projects on the list of division-level projects anticipated to be included for funding.