Local News

  • Restrictions lifted as local flu season passes peak

    This year’s harsh influenza season seems to have reached its peak in Brunswick County.

    Locally, flu season hit its prime in early February and has been on a steady decline every since, Brunswick County Health Services director Cris Harrelson said last week.

    Harrelson cited the North Carolina Influenza Surveillance Summary, Influenza Like Illness (ILI).

    “The geographic spread of flu was downgraded from widespread to regional on the latest summary report,” Harrelson wrote in a March 19 email.

  • Holden Beach extends comment period for terminal groin project

    HOLDEN BEACH — Those who want to provide public comment on Holden Beach’s proposed terminal groin project received a 30-day extension to do so following a unanimous decision by commissioners March 21.

    Commissioners directed Clark Wright, environmental lawyer with Davis Hartman Wright in New Bern and a consultant for the town, to submit a request to the Army Corps of Engineers for the extension to the comment period on the Terminal Groin Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS).

  • Adaptive Art joins abilities, creates friendships

    LELAND — Leland Middle School art teacher Carolynn Phillips watched as eighth-grader Christian Corley and sixth-grader Amanda Foster work to paint the designs on the bucket that will soon be used as a drum.

    Foster serves as a helper for Phillips’ Adaptive Art social program, which brings general population sixth-grade helpers together with students in the Exceptional Children program to work on art projects.

  • Workshop aims to empower those working in at-risk communities

    Those who work in at-risk communities can hone their abilities during the Leadership Preparation for Community Involvement workshop that begins next week.
    Marilyn Graham, Brunswick Community College’s director of business innovation, sustainability and multicultural programs, said the workshop will help people to be more effective in empowering those they serve.
    The eight-week long course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4 and through May 24. Classes will be at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Navassa Superfund Site public meeting April 10

    The Environmental Protection Agency, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Trust invite Navassa residents and other stakeholders to a public availability session and public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Navassa Superfund Site in Navassa on Tuesday, April 10, at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. in Navassa.

  • County’s beach towns seek 2018 recognition

    Ocean Isle Beach took the top spot on Southern Living’s Best Tiny Towns 2018 list.

    Southern Living magazine ran an online survey to determine the top 10 tiny towns and announced Ocean Isle Beach was voted No.1 in its April “South’s Best” edition.

    Along with the recognition, Southern Living included a short video about Ocean Isle Beach with Mayor Debbie Smith and town clerk Casey Reeves singing the town’s praises. To view it, go to https://bit.ly/2I7tkPo.

  • Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry route to gain two trips

    The North Carolina Ferry Division announced the Southport-Fort Fisher route will add two daily round trips to its schedule, from 14 to 16, on Sunday, April 1.

    That schedule will remain in place until Labor Day.

    For a downloadable copy of all North Carolina ferry schedules, go to ncferry.org.

  • Oak Island bridge to close to traffic through May 2019

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a bridge rehabilitation project for the G.V. Barbee Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway beginning in September and continuing through May 2019.

    This rehabilitation work includes replacing the existing girders on 27 spans, and installing a new riding deck and barrier rail. The project was accelerated to avoid conflicts with the N.C. 211 project that will begin construction in 2019.

  • Leland man dies in U.S. 17 crash in Shallotte

    A 43-year-old Leland man died after his Jeep struck a van on U.S. 17 in Shallotte on March 20.

    Joshua Andrew Challeen was driving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on the highway when it struck the back of a 2013 Chevy van about 9:45 a.m. just past Smith Avenue, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release issued Wednesday morning.

  • Drinking water treatment system carries $99M price tag

    BOLIVIA — Removing GenX, PFAs, 1,4-Dioxane and other contaminants from Brunswick County’s drinking water would cost $99 million if the county installed a reverse osmosis system, Brunswick County commissioners learned at their March 19 meeting.

    Representatives from CDM Smith, the engineering firm commissioners hired to study water treatment options at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, recommended a low-pressure RO system as the best method to remove more than 90 percent of contaminants.