Local News

  • Celebrate Christmas at the Old Bridge on Monday night

    SUNSET BEACH—The old Sunset Beach bridge may be retired, but it’s still lighting up the holiday season.

    For the second year, the preserved span will be the scene of holiday festivities with Christmas at the Old Bridge, a seasonal celebration slated for 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society is inviting the public to participate in an evening of caroling, Christmas treats and entertainment at the old bridge, which will be decked out in holiday finery at 109 W. Shoreline Drive.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson & Family perform Friday at BCC

    BOLIVIA—It isn’t every day Willie Nelson rolls into town.

    But come this Friday, the legendary singer and his family are on the road again, making their first bus stop ever at Brunswick Community College to fulfill a sold-out 7:30 p.m. gig in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “We are sold out,” auditorium manager Mike Sapp said last week of ticket status in the 1,500-seat auditorium where history will be made when Nelson performs his first-ever Brunswick County concert on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7.

  • Hot ashes blamed for two Carolina Shores fires

    Two separate fires within 24 hours damaged Carolina Shores residences, and both were caused by improper disposal of hot ashes.

  • Island right-of-way abandonment on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is poised to discuss Monday night an idea for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to relinquish to the town Main Street and Sunset Boulevard rights-of-way on the island.

    NCDOT district engineer Anthony Law is scheduled to speak at the 7 p.m. Dec. 3 meeting, which starts at 6:45 p.m. with a 15-minute work session at town hall.

  • Second degree murder conviction in 2010 DWI death

    A verdict of second-degree murder and a sentence of 15 to 18.75 years were delivered in Brunswick County court on Friday afternoon.

    Daniel Harrison Brennick, 25, has been convicted of second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle and DWI and sentenced to 180 to 225 months in jail.

    Brennick killed Satu Harris, 38, on May 7, 2010 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and hit Harris head on. The prosecution presented testimony showing Brennick was driving erratically prior to the collision.

  • Suspects sought in armed robbery

    Brunswick County deputies are on the lookout for two armed-robbery suspects.

    At 5:44 a.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the scene of an armed robbery reported at Winner's World, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    Suspects are described as black males, one with a heavy build, weighing about 270-300 pounds with no mask. The other suspect is described as tall and slim, weighing about 170 pounds with a mask covering his face.

    After taking an undetermined amount of cash, both suspects left in a car in an unknown direction. 

  • Rouzer concedes to McIntyre

    North Carolina Republican Sen. David Rouzer has conceded this year’s 7th-District Congressional election to Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre.

    Rouzer officially conceded Wednesday night following a recount of the Nov. 6 race in the 12 counties composing District 7, including Brunswick County.

    “Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is

  • County’s fire insurance districts due for updates

    At a Nov. 19 meeting, Brunswick County commissioners approved a plan to revise fire insurance districts.

    Coverage of service areas for fire or emergency calls will not be affected by the changes, said fire marshal Scott Garner. However, the insurance districts will be reshaped in an effort to improve residents’ insurance rates.

  • County water and sewer contracts will require preferred brands

    Contractors who want to work on Brunswick County’s water and sewer projects will now work off a preferred brands performance list.

    Engineering director Bill Pinnix updated board members at the Nov. 19 Brunswick County meeting on the county staff’s effort to comply with state law.

    The preferred brands list ensures key components of water and sewer projects are standardized,” Pinnix said.

  • County employee payroll information now available online

    Brunswick County employees will find their employment information online beginning Nov. 29.

    During the Nov. 19 county meeting, finance director Ann Hardy presented commissioners with a preview of services that will be available on the Brunswick County website, www.brunsco.net.

    The $31,000 project was approved as part of funding for professional services in October 2009. Moving information online is expected to save the county $10,000 a year on costs for printed material, including 1,000 monthly pay stubs and an annual W2 form.