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Today's News

  • Birthing the God within

     Whenever I read the Matthean infancy narrative I feel the anguish of two good people who were flying in the face of the law and customs of their people. Here was an unwed mother trying to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant — but not with his child — and is, as well, still a virgin. Three facts, one more astoundingly incredible than the other, were his to swallow.

  • Nichols named Brunswick County Public Utilities director

    John Nichols has been named director of Brunswick County Public Utilities effective Jan. 2, 2017.

    Nichols, a Southport native and graduate of South Brunswick High School, has worked for Brunswick County for more than 10 years as assistant director of public utilities. He will begin his new position following the retirement of Brunswick County Public Utilities director Jerry Pierce at the end of 2016.

  • County construction permits reach highest level since 2007

    The number of construction permits issued in Brunswick County in fiscal year 2016 was the highest since fiscal year 2007, and year-to-date numbers for the current year are on track to be even higher, according to a county news release.

  • This is the season to be fishing for wahoo

    As winter proceeds to dig its roots into our region, hard northeast and southwest winds have sent most fishermen either into a tree stand or back inside the inlet in search of redfish and trout. Although both alternatives can produce action-filled days, they rarely fill the void of hearing an outrigger pop or simply being out of cellphone range for a while — both urges that drive fishermen to extremes at times. Yet with the average wave height of 6 feet last week, almost everyone has turned to his next best opportunity at outdoor excitement.

  • South’s boys win all 11 swim events

    BOLIVIA — South Brunswick’s boys won all 11 swim events — 10 in regional standards — in a four-team conference meet Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    “Never happened in my tenure,” South coach Sam Jennings said about the dominant performance.

    South scored 171 points in its best performance of the season. Topsail was second (123), Laney third (74) and West Brunswick fourth (70).

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project delayed a week

    Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project was delayed one week because of rough seas the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

    The project will place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Man escapes Bolivia house fire that killed pet

    A man escaped a Bolivia house fire that killed one of his pets Thursday, Dec. 15.

    Bolivia Fire Chief Marcus Crisco said his department received an alarm about the fire on Shady Loop Lane at 10:35 p.m.

    He and 11 other members of the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 10:41 p.m. and left at 1:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

    The man who was home when the fire started escaped safely with all but one of his pets, Crisco said. The chief couldn’t say what kind of animals any of the pets were.

  • Trojans beat Hoggard 74-6 in wrestling
  • BCAR: Brunswick County remains strong, healthy market

    Brunswick County’s real estate market remained strong through November, according to the most recent data from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of units sold in November 2016 was up 23 percent over November 2015 and total sales increased 17.5 percent over the same period last year. The number of homes sold in 2016 has already exceeded the total number sold in all of 2015 by 3.5 percent.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of about 10,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a 12-inch force main sewer at 301 Forest St. Ext. NW in Shallotte on Wednesday, Dec. 14, according to a county news release.

    The discharge was caused by a joint gasket failure. County personnel isolated the sewer spill and removed the wastewater from the surface area and applied lime to stabilize the area.

    An unknown amount reached the waters of Mulberry Branch and testing will be done to determine the impact.