Local News

  • Panel vote may help lift Sunset Beach inlet hazard designation

    Some Sunset Beach residents are disappointed a Coastal Resources Commission advisory panel has approved a measure they believe will help lift an inlet hazard designation for Mad Inlet.

    Sunset Beach resident Sue Weddle expressed disappointment with the unanimous vote by the 11-member CRC Science Panel on Coastal Hazards at a Feb. 4 meeting in the Beaufort County town of Washington.

  • Teen charged in Ocean Isle Beach man’s slaying

    A Union County man is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of an Ocean Isle Beach man last November.

    Quamaine Lee Massey, 18, of Marshville, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the Nov. 13 shooting death of Keith Jerome Whisnant, whose body was found alongside his car off U.S. 742 North, about five miles north of Wadesboro.

    Whisnant was on his way from Ocean Isle Beach to Johnson City, Tenn., traveling through Wadesboro when he was killed.

  • Schools on two-hour delay Friday

    After being closed for two days in a row, Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Friday, Feb. 14, for students and staff because of the weather.

    Friday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 13, were to have been regular school days in lieu of teacher workdays because of the previous ice storm.

  • Sunset Beach mayor commends town for weathering storm

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has accolades for the way his town weathered last week’s ice storm.

    “When it started, it seemed like a mild interruption to the week,” said Watts, speaking during the 15-minute work session preceding Monday night’s monthly Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    “Everything got handled well,” Watts said, deeming the situation worse than a hurricane.

  • Carolina Shores mulls offer to replace recycling center employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town officials are mulling the possibility of replacing a town recycling center employee.

    Waste Industries, which handles pickup of household garbage, yard debris and recyclables at the town recycling center, has offered to provide one of its own employees at the center upon request by the town.

  • Winter storm freezes Brunswick County

     The winter storm that left Brunswick County frozen last week caused several business and school closures, slick roadways, and numerous vehicle accidents.

    The storm was a product of colliding cold and warm air masses. Warm jet stream winds from Mexico and the deep South spread moisture over an arctic air mass dropping in from Canada, which created the potential for sleet, snow and ice, said Steve Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

  • Conservancy launches southeast coastal plain controlled burn season

     For many fire specialists in the Brunswick County region, there are five seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, and controlled burn season.

    Controlled burn season has begun, and it’s going on right in our backyard.

  • Puppy mill recording excerpts

    Following are quoted excerpts by state Sen. Bill Rabon from the recorded Jan. 16 meeting between him and Brunswick County animal advocates.

  • House Bill 930 aka 'puppy mill bill'

    House Bill 930 was passed by the state House last year but has gotten nowhere in the Senate.

    The House bill would apply to breeding operations with at least 10 female dogs. It sets specific standards to ensure dogs have daily exercise, fresh food and water, shelter and veterinary care.


    HOUSE BILL 930


    Short Title: Dog Breeding Stds./Law Enforcement Tools.



  • Puppy mill bill killed

    North Carolina Senate leaders are blaming Brunswick County animal advocates for recording a meeting as the reason they are killing a bill to regulate puppy mills in the state.