Today's News

  • Wet winter expected thanks to El Niño

    Meteorologists are predicting a wet, but not especially cold, winter for Brunswick County.

    Meteorologist Tim Armstrong of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an El Niño is expected to continue through the upcoming winter and into the spring of 2016.

    El Niño is a warming of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean and the overlying atmosphere, but has global weather impacts with changes in temperature and precipitation patterns across the planet, Armstrong wrote.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Shallotte street

     A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being brushed by a truck on Mulberry Street in Shallotte on Sept. 18.

    Stacey Manning was crossing Mulberry Street on her way to Wing and Fish Company two weeks ago when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by Juan Corona, Shallotte police Lt. Robert Gravino said.

    Emergency personnel responded to the collision and treated Manning’s minor injuries at the scene, Gravino said.

  • Southport man accused of assault, ethnic intimidation

     A Southport man accused of assaulting a man based on the victim’s ethnicity faces various misdemeanor charges in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged 51-year-old Kenneth Scott Edwards with assault with a deadly weapon, ethnic intimidation, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer Sept. 19.

  • Inmate escapee’s girlfriend pleads guilty, sentenced to 10 days in jail

     The girlfriend of the man who escaped from county jail in January pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to her role in the escape.

    Caitlin Olivia Moyer faced two counts of harboring an escapee from a county or municipal facility after being accused of aiding her boyfriend, William Hewett, during his escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Moyer pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and received an active sentence of 10 days in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage said.

  • County conducts medicine dispensing exercise at SBHS

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — Motorists, one by one, lined up their vehicles in the parking lot of South Brunswick High School on Monday morning as county officials dispensed antibiotics to treat infections caused by a mock bioterrorism attack.

    Brunswick County Health and Human Services conducted the training exercise, simulating an incident in which masses of people the county were infected by tularemia, a mosquito-borne illness.

  • Eighth-graders go to the ‘extreme’ during STEM tour

     CEDAR GROVE —  Cedar Grove Middle School eighth-graders learned quite a bit without stepping foot into a classroom Tuesday.

    The entire eighth-grade class learned how turfgrass management operations work at a golf course and how airplanes function at two Brunswick County businesses Sept. 29 as part of the school district’s 2015 Extreme STEM Tour.

    STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an applied, real-world approach.

  • Environmental support sought as Sunset Beach West plans move forward

    SUNSET BEACH — With a comments deadline a week away for a Sunset Beach West permit, a local activist is suggesting concerned residents lend support to groups that can aid their efforts to help offset the proposed oceanfront development.

    Comments will be accepted through Oct. 7 on a major Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permit application for Sunset Beach West, a 21-lot subdivision proposed west of the Sunset Beach island across closed Mad Inlet next to Salt Boiler Creek.

  • Brunswick County names economic development director

    Brunswick County has hired Michael DiTullo as the first economic development director for the newly formed county department.

    DiTullo, who serves as the president and CEO of Rockland Economic Development Corp. of Rockland County, N.Y., replaces former economic development commission (EDC) executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • First-grader promotes healthy eating with organic garden at JMMES

     ASH — Gabby Morales walks into school at least two days a week with dirt stains on her blue jeans and soil under her fingernails.

    The 6-year-old first-grader arrives at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School perfectly clean, but two or three days a week she spends more than an hour in an organic garden before classes start to plant fresh herbs and vegetables for her fellow students in “Gabby’s Garden” behind the school.

  • Spooky stuff stirs along Grissettown Longwood Haunted Trail

    UPDATE: Because of the weekend's deluge of heavy rain and possible flooding, the seasonal opening the haunted trail had been postponed until Oct. 9-10.

    GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your average kiddie-kindergarten Casper the Friendly Ghost trail. This is the real deal. Only the older and braver dare enter.

    Every year, the award-winning Station 31 Haunted Trailed hosted by Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue gets better and scarier, with thousands of people stopping by to brave it.