Local News

  • Tropical depression becomes Tropical Storm Katia

    The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Katia.

    As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update, the storm was 720 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.

    The update said Katia “continues to strengthen over the eastern tropical Atlantic,” but the storm poses no threat to land at its current location.

    Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph, and she is tracking west-northwest at 20 mph.

    Forecasters expect Katia to be upgraded to a hurricane by Wednesday.

  • Commissioners approve interest-free payment plans for water tap fees

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners recently approved interest-free payment plans for property owners to connect to the county’s water system.

    At their Aug. 15 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the payment plans, which are available interest-free for one, two or three years.

    The plan was brought about because many people were opting not to tap onto the county’s water system, citing the cost to do so, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy said.

  • School make-up day set for Oct. 10

    School district officials have scheduled a make-up day for last Friday’s school closing.

    After first planning to release students early in preparation for Hurricane Irene’s arrival, school officials cancelled school on Friday, Aug. 26.

    Monday, Oct. 10, will serve as the student make-up day for the Aug. 26 closure.


  • No change in Brunswick’s double-digit unemployment in July

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for July remained at 10.3 percent.

    June’s unemployment rate was also 10.3 percent, according to information provided by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    July’s 10.3 percent unemployment rate is a slight decrease from the July 2010 unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.

    Of Brunswick County’s labor force of 51,012 workers, 5,233 were unemployed in July, according to ESC estimates.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Calabash debris removal

    The town of Calabash is accepting hurricane debris from residents at its maintenance yard on Persimmon Road from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Just stop by town hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to obtain a decal. Town workers also will conduct curbside removal for bagged hurricane yard debris and limbs no longer than 4 feet or wider than 4 inches. For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Debris pickup starts Aug. 30 in Sunset Beach

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Carolina Shores Recycle Center accepting debris

  • The day after Irene: OIB, SB and HB

     On Saturday morning as first light dawned on Brunswick County, the winds of Hurricane Irene continued to blow.

    By noon power lines and trees continued to fall across the county. Stoplights in Shallotte lost power and emergency crews vigorously worked to restore power and ensure safety. On the beaches, the sand blew in sheets.

    But the good news is the visable damage to property on the islands is minimal. A few houses on each of southern Brunswick’s islands beaches sustained damage to siding, screens, windows and shutters.  

  • Hurricane Irene: Power outages, road closings, damage reports


    4 a.m. Nearly 12,000 Brunswick BEMC customers are without power. 

    Emergency radio traffic indicates a tree is down on Holden Beach Road at Ball Park Loop. Road is blocked. 

    A tree is down in Leland at Intersection of Shamrock and Live Oak.

    3:30 a.m. Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Sustained winds have decreased to about 90 mphs.

    More than 7,300 BEMC customers are without power.