Today's News

  • Summer blood donations needed

    Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

    As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor while supplies last.

  • State health officials advise residents to ‘fight the bite’ during warm weather

    The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months.

  • Campaign under way to feed Brunswick County’s poverty-stricken children

    The Summer of NO Hungry Child is launching a campaign to raise 1,000,000 pounds of food to feed the more than 7,500 Brunswick County children existing in poverty.

    Every canned or boxed food item donated will be distributed by various churches and organizations in the county and will go directly to Brunswick County families with the greatest needs.

  • State reaches $131K settlement over claims allegations

    North Carolina reached a settlement with TeamHealth Holdings, as successor in interest to IPC Healthcare Inc., formerly known as IPC The Hospitalists Inc. (IPC).

    The agreement resolves allegations that IPC violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid, the Defense Health Agency and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for higher and more expensive levels of medical service than were actually performed (a practice known as “up-coding”).

  • NCDOT to close, replace bridge in Shallotte

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Bridgers Road bridge over Mulberry Branch in Shallotte from at 7 a.m. Monday, June 5, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, to replace it.

    Traffic will detour west on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) then right onto the U.S. 17 North ramp, then east on Smith Avenue and then right onto White Road.

    The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the road. The bridge approaches also will be reinforced to prevent washout and other maintenance problems.

  • BCC tobacco-free policy to take effect July 1

    Brunswick Community College has long awaited the implementation of its tobacco-free policy, which has been in the works since 2008 when faculty senate made a formal request to the president.

  • Hands Across the Sand held on county beaches

    Hands Across the Sand events in Oak Island (pictured), Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach took place at noon Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by Oceana, Hands Across the Sand is meant to send a clear message to protect our coast from offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting.

  • Members of Brunswick Environmental Action Team stand ready to perform important work throughout our county

    By Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    Humans are the trustees of the earth and the ocean. We depend on a natural environmental system as a food source and for protection from severe weather events. The same is true for the animals and plants with which we share our environment. North Carolina has more than 2 million acres of estuaries along the coast, which include salt marshes, sounds and beaches. These estuaries are vital for Brunswick County’s tourism and fisheries industries in addition to providing weather protection.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was an unusual week in the North Carolina House of Representatives. We worked into the night on the state budget, we passed bills concerning juvenile justice and shared medical expenses, and I was able to attend an important event two states away.

    This column is being written on a beautiful Saturday morning in north Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I will explain near the end.

  • Holiday starts our tourist, heavy traffic season

    Tourist season is nearly upon us once more, unofficially kicking off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That means we’ll be seeing a lot more traffic on Brunswick County roads through the unofficial end of the season, Labor Day weekend in early September. AAA reported the top five driving destinations in the Carolinas are, in order, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville, S.C.