Local News

  • Holden Beach board opposes homeowners’ insurance rate hike

    Holden Beach commissioners asked the town manager to draft a resolution opposing any rate increases in residential insurance in coastal North Carolina, during their regular monthly meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The state’s rate bureau has filed for a 30 percent increase.

    “The insurance commissioner in all probability will not approve this rate,” said insurance expert Stuart Powell, manager of the insurance agency that insures the state of North Carolina.

  • WBHS Band: A tradition of music, marching excellence

    Shallotte—For the nearly 75 members of the West Brunswick High School marching band, music is a way of life.

    Whether it’s after-school band practices, rehearsals for competitions, half-time shows, pep rallies, weekend competitions, parades and more, this group of musicians stays busy.

    This year the WBHS marching band has put a different spin on music-making. For the first time since band director Jason Seip has been at WBHS, the band has blended contemporary music with classical.

    The marching band’s theme this year is a rock show.

  • Town to oppose homeowners’ insurance rate increase

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With a unanimous vote, the town board of commissioners and mayor agreed to take an opposing stance to a proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase.

    “We just got notice that there is a proposed 30 percent increase on the coast and a 17 percent increase inland in homeowner’s insurance rates,” commissioner Dean Walters said at a recent meeting. “Every year we have a 7 to 9 percent increase.”

  • CIS Gala is set to dazzle, raise funds on Thursday, Oct. 18

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County is gearing up for the 11th annual Benefit Gala for Children.

    To help make the event possible, Progress Energy is serving as the presenting sponsor. In addition many other businesses in the community have shown their support for CIS.

    “We have over 100 sponsors now,” said Kimberly Bandera, marketing and events director. 

    The evening features music by the Andrew Thielen Big Band, live and silent auctions and Taste of Brunswick County, as well as dancing and other fun.

  • Medicine Drop nets more than 1 million pills in Brunswick County

    A statewide campaign to fight prescription drug abuse netted 8.5 million pills from throughout the state. Brunswick County collected just more than 1 million unwanted or no-longer needed pills.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, Brunswick County led the state in collections of dosage units of prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the Operation Medicine Drop campaign in late September.

  • County cafeteria receives a grade of 85.5; BSRI hires caterer

    Dead roaches, unlabeled cleaning products and other violations resulted in an 85.5 health inspection rating for Aramark Food Group and the Center Café in Bolivia recently.

    Because of the low grade, Brunswick Senior Resources has stopped using the county cafeteria for its senior meal programs; however, the cafeteria remained open for county employees and visitors at the government complex in Bolivia. The cafeteria also provides food for inmates at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin talk raises passions along the coast

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Army Corps of Engineers meeting about terminal groins drew a crowd of more than 70 people in Ocean Isle Beach recently.

    “This is the first public meeting seeking a solution to the erosion on the east end,” said Mayor Debbie Smith as she welcomed attendees on Oct. 3.

  • Daughter inspires support for juvenile diabetes


    WHAT: Paddle Event to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    WHEN: 9 A.M. Sunday, Oct. 14

    WHERE: Sharky's, Ocean Isle Beach

    HOW MUCH: $20

    Less than a year after learning her daughter has diabetes, Kristy Gunther wants to do all she can to help raise money for research.

    Upcoming area fundraisers include an Oct. 14 paddle event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Ocean Isle Beach and a Nov. 3 walk in Wilmington.

  • Grissettown-Longwood scaring up haunted trail Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday nights

    You will go in…but will you make it back out? Can you survive Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue’s annual haunted trail for another Halloween season?

    It’s time to try, with the department’s fourth annual Halloween Haunted Trail under way for another season and its final week at the station at 758 Longwood Road.

    The scary trail is scheduled to unfold its three final nights this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-31.

  • Musical legends Janis Ian, Tom Paxton 'Together At Last' Oct. 18 at BCCOWA

     IF YOU GO

    What: Janis Ian & Tom Paxton “Together At Last”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Admission: Adults $27; seniors and students $25; children $10

    Musical legends Janis Ian and Tom Paxton are teaming for a history-making concert in Brunswick County this Thursday, Oct. 18.