Today's News

  • Morehead City port accident concerns some port opponents

    A hazardous materials accident last month at the Port of Morehead City alerted residents to possible risks related to a new container terminal planned for the Southport area within the next seven years, port opponents say.

    On Jan. 12, the Port of Morehead City was evacuated, and a portion of the nearby highway was closed, after nine containers of the explosive material PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) leaked that morning at the port.

    According to officials, no injuries or environmental damage was reported.

  • Miller to seek re-election for board of education

    Brunswick County Board of Education member Charlie Miller announced his intent to seek re-election Tuesday afternoon.

    Miller, who was elected to the board in 2004, cannot officially file for re-election until later this month. He must wait 90 days after he switched political parties.

    A lifelong Republican, Miller was elected to the board of education as a Republican but switched to the Democratic party after being hired as chief deputy of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May 2008.

  • Road improvements, traffic signals coming for two schools

    Brunswick County School officials plan to seek an easement to an agreement with the developers of neighboring property adjacent to West Brunswick High School to make improvements and alleviate traffic flow.

    The board of education signed an agreement in Sept. 2008 granting Stonecrest Partners LLC an easement in exchange for several improvements. Stonecrest agreed to improvements to the storm drainage piping and sediment ponds and construction of an access road off of Ruby Way, which would make a rear entrance from the school’s parking lot.

  • ELECTION 2010: Rabon, Fennel file for state senate

    With Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. not seeking re-election, the District 8 seat in the North Carolina State Senate will be open for the first time in 35 years.

    Bill Rabon, a Republican and Southport veterinarian, filed for election Friday. Though it is his first time running for public office, Rabon said he knows what the people of southeastern North Carolina need and is ready to address their concerns.

  • Superintendent search narrowed to 10 candidates

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has narrowed the search for the next superintendent to 10 candidates from a pool of 34 applications.

    Board members met Thursday afternoon and selected the top 10 applicants. Chairperson Bud Thorsen said the 10 will be interviewed over the course of three days beginning March 12.

    “We’ve gone through the big hurdle of narrowing it down, and I feel very confident that out of the 10, we’ve got it narrowed down to where we’re gonna find the right person for Brunswick County,” Thorsen said.

  • Oyster recycling program collects 6,800 bushels from Brunswick

    Since its inception in 2003, the North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling program has collected 108,017 bushels (2,971 tons) of oysters from 22 counties throughout the state.

    Brunswick County restaurants, residents and festivals have helped contribute to that number by giving 6,805 bushels since 2003.

    The North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries recognized local recycling partners last week.

  • Calabash board launches review of recommended UDO changes



    CALABASH—With a new consultant at the helm, town commissioners last week started combing through recommended changes to the Unified Development Ordinance update.

    The thick book is designed to replace and better unify the town’s land-use section of its current code.

    Over the past year, proposed changes had drawn opposition from business owners and others in the community who found them too stringent or not appropriate or workable for Calabash.

  • Northbound lanes of U.S. 17 to close Wednesday morning near NMB

    The northbound lanes of U.S. 17 will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the fixed bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., just north of the Cherry Grove exit.

    The closure is expected to last about two hours. It is taking place for an investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, who will be investigating the fatal accident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

    Traffic will be diverted to the swing bridge during that time.

  • Financial projections, capital improvements in Sunset Beach's budgetary future



    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast calling for a second fire station and nine firefighters was among items discussed at Sunset Beach Town Council’s daylong budget retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker outlined financial projections for the next five fiscal years, which he said are only estimates to help guide future budgetary decisions in conjunction with the town’s capital improvement program.

  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for Feb. 27 at West Brunswick High School



    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.