Local News

  • FEMA extends disaster assistance application deadline to Dec. 19

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the deadline for North Carolinians to register for disaster assistance to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

    Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

  • Duke Energy to include Brunswick Nuclear Plant in staff reductions

    Duke Energy will buy out or lay off some members of its workforce across the company’s six-state coverage area, including those at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.

    Karen Williams, Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant spokeswoman, said Thursday it is looking across the entire company to reduce staff. The plant employs more than 800 people.

  • Leland public safety competition ends in tie, win for charity

    LELAND — Leland’s police and fire/rescue departments held a friendly competition Dec. 7 to see who could raise more donations for Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The Pack the Patrol Car/Fill the Fire Truck donation drive was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Leland Wal-Mart at 1112 New Pointe Blvd. to collect non-perishable food items.

    All items donated to Pack the Patrol Car and Fill the Fire Truck were given to BFA, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Hurricane Florence relief efforts throughout Brunswick County.

  • Vehicle emissions inspections no longer required in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County no longer requires an emissions inspection on motor vehicles.

    After 52 of North Carolina’s 100 counties stopped requiring vehicle emissions inspections in 2006, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 131 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017) during the 2017 long session that requested a revision of the air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) removing 26 more counties — including Brunswick — from the state’s Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program.

  • Consultant provides MOTSU land use study update

    Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) updated the public Dec. 4 on its joint land use study with local governments to identify and mitigate land use conflicts.

    MOTSU was built in 1953 and sits on 16,000 acres north of Southport that is used to transport ammunition to and from the terminal to bases around the world. It also maintains 17 miles of railroad track and an interchange yard near Leland to drop off and pick up trains.

  • OIB officials consider cost of adding bridge lights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to add safety rails to the Odell Williamson Bridge, so Ocean Isle Beach officials will look into funding the addition of lights as part of the project.

    NCDOT Division 3 construction engineer Kevin Bowen attended the town meeting Dec. 11 to update commissioners on maintenance plans for the bridge.

  • Brunswick Beacon Dec. 20 premium issue includes $1 surcharge

    Because of the premium nature and increased production and distribution costs of the edition published December 20, 2018, all subscribers will incur a nominal additional charge of $1 for the edition.

    Your total bill will remain unaffected but there will be a slight adjustment in your expiration date, unless you have selected the Monthly EZ Pay option.

    The premium surcharge will be added to the applicable regular Monthly EZ pay charge.

  • Beached whale euthanized in Sunset Beach

    Marine veterinarians, students and staff from UNC Wilmington were called to the scene of this beached pygmy sperm whale near Fifth Street in Sunset Beach on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11.

    Carmel Zetts of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch sought help from the Sunset Beach Fire Department after the whale was discovered around 7 a.m.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates WBHS threat

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office determined a threat against West Brunswick High School last week appears to be an unsubstantiated rumor, officials said.

    The threat came from a post made on Snapchat, which began to circulate the night of Dec. 6, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and Brunswick County Schools issued Friday morning.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said no evidence substantiated the threat.

  • Hughes receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Former Shallotte Town Administrator Albert Hughes has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors.

    North Carolina’s governors have awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine since 1963 to people who made significant contributions to the state and their communities through public service.

    Brunswick County commissioner Marty Cooke presented Hughes with the award at the at the Shallotte Board of Aldermen’s Dec. 4 meeting.

    Hughes said the award was a legitimate surprise.