Local News

  • Leak at nuclear power plant sparks NRC investigation

    SOUTHPORT—A reactor at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant was shut down last Wednesday, Nov. 16.

    A leak prompted the shutdown of the Unit 2 reactor and has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • Advocates offers hope to crime victims at annual vigil


    It’s something Mel Chilton knows all too well.

    Chilton, featured speaker at the 16th annual Justice for Citizens’ candlelight memorial service Friday night in Leland, lost her mother in 1975 to a violent crime.

  • County reports more than $500,000 in losses to off-shore financial scams

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.


    That’s how much money Brunswick County residents have lost to financial scams in the past two years. At least that’s what has been reported to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • One bidder offers $500K for old hospital, 32 acres of land

    BOLIVIA—During the 45-day window in which county officials solicited requests for proposals for the former Brunswick Community Hospital, only one bid was received.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said several healthcare related agencies have expressed interest in the 35-year-old hospital facility, but only one agency submitted a formal bid as of the bid deadline last Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Task force recommends elderly exemption for property taxes

    BOLIVIA—A county commissioner appointed task force has recommended commissioners adopt an elderly exemption for property taxes.

    On Monday night, commissioners agreed with the recommendations of the task force and approved a resolution in support of their recommendations.

  • Sheriff shares holiday shopping safety tips

    As the busiest shopping time of the year approaches, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram shares some safety tips for this holiday shopping season.

    Ingram warns that during the holiday shopping season, “criminal activity becomes very active during this time.”

    “Prior to you or your family leaving to go shopping, you should discuss a few safety tips, which will enhance your safety awareness,” Ingram said.

    Ingram offers the following safety tips:

  • Hospital authority OKs assisting county with upkeep of former hospital

    SUPPLY—Even with the lights and most electricity turned off, the utility bill at the former Brunswick Community Hospital runs about $35,000 a month.

    Then, there are the repairs, such as a recent $12,000 bill when the cooling mechanism broke, losing 850 pounds of Freon.

  • New leaders in Carolina Shores get a swearing-in

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town’s new mayor, its newest commissioner and two recently re-elected town commissioners were sworn in during ceremonies Monday.

    New Mayor Walter Goodenough, newly elected town commissioner Bill Brennan and board and re-elected town commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo were sworn in by outgoing Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The board also voted to re-appoint Przywara mayor pro tem for the town.

  • Goodenough to be mayor: New leader wants to keep Carolina Shores moving forward

    CAROLINA SHORES—More than six years ago, Walter Goodenough sat in the middle of his street in the Village at Calabash and posed for a newspaper photograph to illustrate his concerns about roads sorely in need of paving.

    Goodenough definitely made a statement.

    Looking back on that day, the newly elected mayor of Carolina Shores had no idea he’d someday become mayor of the town he once took issue with.

    “Absolutely, 100 percent not,” Goodenough said in an interview last week.

  • Grand opening Dec. 1 for BCC's new south-end facility

    Brunswick Community College’s new south-end facility is finally ready for its official opening.

    Grand opening festivities, including a ribbon-cutting and open house, are slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 1, at the new facility in a converted building on U.S. 17 that previously housed an adult-entertainment club near Carolina Shores.

    The 7,800-square-foot facility, BCC’s newest addition, is described as an ideal site for receptions, banquets, small conferences, lectures, dances and small concerts.