Local News

  • Shallotte woman drowns while trapped in sheriff’s van

    A Shallotte woman was one of two women who died in an Horry County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office transportation van that was trapped in floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River caused by Hurricane Florence on Sept. 18.

    Wendy Newton, 45, of Shallotte and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died while deputies Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were taking them from Conway, S.C., to McLeod Darlington (S.C.), a behavioral health facility, following involuntary commitments by physicians.

  • County addresses well and septic safety after flooding

    Failing septic systems

    Citizens concerned about a potentially failing septic system should contact Brunswick County Environmental Health at 910-253-2150 for assistance. 

    Please note that floodwater may have a very bad odor similar to a rotten egg smell, and that this does not necessarily indicate sewage has entered floodwaters. This can happen when trees, branches and vegetation get in the water, decreasing water quality and reducing oxygen in the water. This reduced oxygen can cause the water to become anaerobic, which causes the rotten-egg smell.

  • Recyclables pickup and deposits suspended

    Waste Industries has informed the town of Sunset Beach there will be no recycling pickup this week as the facility Brunswick County uses remains closed following Hurricane Florence.

    Convenient sites are no longer accepting recyclables, either, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Residents will be notified when collection resumes.

  • Brunswick County to launch aerial mosquito spraying Tuesday, Oct. 2

    Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2, just before dusk until about 10:30 p.m., weather permitting, to assist with mosquito populations following Hurricane Florence and storm-related flooding, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson announced in a news release Thursday. 

    Spraying will be countywide, including all towns or cities and islands.

  • Blue Heron Gallery owner ready to close, retire

    SUNSET BEACH — Twenty-one years ago, Jo Ann Johnston came to town to open a unique, upscale art store.

    The longtime owner of Blue Heron Gallery has been busy ever since, so busy she has decided it’s finally time to close shop and retire.

  • Resident fired up about pine straw

    Rose Peacock first heard the curious rustles in her garage in the winter of 2016-17, just a few months after she and her husband Bill had moved into their new home the prior April from Long Island.

    “Her ears are so good that she could hear, with no exaggeration, the choir of the church mice scratching to get the food,” Bill said of the rodents he said they found invading their garage in the Sedgefield Place neighborhood in Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • Florence floods animal facilities

    Flooding from Hurricane Florence did a number on two Winnabow animal facilities.

    As the storm descended from the east starting in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 14, rising water eventually engulfed Fix A Friend, a five-year-old reduced-cost surgical spay and neuter facility at 6033 Ocean Highway E.

  • On a watery mission: Church men paddle boat to deliver food to stranded family

    ASH — In the wake of Hurricane Florence, members of Soldier Bay Baptist Church in Ash haven’t wasted any time reaching out to people in need, even if that means paddling a boat.

    That’s just what church members Danny Smith and Don Stanley have been doing for the past week. They’re among members and volunteers who brought boats to the church to pick up food and deliver it down watery pathways that used to be dry.

  • Governments, schools provide post-hurricane status reports

    Brunswick County lifted voluntary evacuation Tuesday afternoon for all areas impacted by the Waccamaw Flood Plain based on the latest National Weather Service forecast following Hurricane Florence.

    Reid Hawkins, a meteorologist for the NWS in Wilmington, said the Waccamaw River would have a record crest Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Conway, S.C.

    Brunswick County Building Inspections opened a satellite office in Leland’s building inspections office, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

  • BFA, other organizations distribute supplies to Florence victims

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — Even before the first rain from Hurricane Florence reached Brunswick County, community organizations including Brunswick Family Assistance were ready to help those affected.

    “We actually started planning before the disaster. We had one truck ready, already packed with food Tuesday (Sept. 11) before the storm,” BFA program manager Charles Jackson said. “It was in the parking lot packed and ready and up high where water couldn’t get in it.”