Local News

  • Winter weather update: Roads are icy; travel dangerous

    As temperatures continue to fall across Brunswick County, Saturday's precipitation is turning into ice. Roadways are slick, as are bridges and overpasses.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to use caution and, if possible, to stay off area roadways.

    For a short time Saturday, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which handles some traffic flowing out of Brunswick into New Hanover County, was closed because of icy conditions and numerous wrecks. By about 8 p.m. Saturday, the bridge had reopened.

  • COLD WEATHER ADVISORY: Icy conditions expected this weekend

    Icy conditions are expected to develop throughout Brunswick County as temperatures drop into the 20s Saturday night.

    Cold air is expected to move south and east on a chilling northwest wind changing rain in the area into freezing rain. Precipitation is expected throughout Saturday afternoon before ending later Saturday night. A freezing rain advisory is in effect until midnight.

    The National Weather Service has indicated ice is expected to accumulate on surfaces such as trees, power lines, highway bridges and overpasses. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice is forecasted.

  • Commissioners to discuss public housing project

    Brunswick County Commissioners will discuss a proposed public housing project at their next meeting, Monday, Feb. 1.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said if the proposed project is approved, the county would commit public funds to the project, but would not own the housing project.

  • Brunswick Stew Cook-Off rescheduled to Feb. 6 due to inclement forecast

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its second annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off due to the current weather forecast for this coming Saturday.

    The event has been moved to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the following Saturday, Feb. 6, in Rourk Woods in Shallotte (same location).

    The cook-off committee decided Wednesday to reschedule the event since rain, winds, low temperatures and possibly even snow are anticipated.

    "We cannot ask for the community to come out to an event in this type of weather," chamber president Cathy Altman said.

  • Unemployment woes continue for Brunswick County

    Every weekday morning, Alice Schofield of Longwood travels to the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, where she scans Internet job boards, fills out applications employers have sent to the office and sends resumes to jobs that sound promising.

    It’s a routine Schofield has followed since moving to Brunswick County from Massachusetts in July.

    Schofield is a Raleigh native whose family moved north when she was a teenager. She owned a retail store in Massachusetts and has worked numerous jobs over the years to support her daughter.

  • Second bridge to Oak Island set to be completed in late September 2010

    The long wait for Oak Island’s second bridge is almost over.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say that despite delays, they expect to complete Oak Island’s second bridge in late September 2010.

    Oak Island’s new bridge will be a post tension, pre-cast concrete girder structure. The post-tension construction is highly specialized work requiring crews to run cables through the girders. The cables are then pulled tight, drawing the girders together.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Jayne Mathews: Leading the charge for volunteerism

    Many things about volunteerism have changed since Jayne Mathews took over as the director of the county’s volunteer center five and a half years ago.

    The volunteer center is now under the department of emergency services—putting Mathews in charge of resource and volunteer management in the event of a disaster.

    The needs have changed, too.

    In a turbulent economy with double-digit unemployment, Mathews said many local nonprofits and even government agencies need volunteers “just to stop the bleeding in this county.”

  • MISSING PERSON: Nellie Johnson

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing woman.

    Nellie Doaloras Johnson, 34, of 4551 Sweet Bay Drive, Southport, left home between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Jan. 22. She could possibly be around Shallotte or in the Longwood area.

    Anyone with information about Johnson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, 253-2777.

  • Mother of inmate who died in jail sues sheriff's office, Ingram

    The mother of the inmate who died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the wrongful death of her son.

    Beverly Vaught, the mother of Senaca Marrell Vaught, who was 32 when he died at the detention center Jan. 23, 2008, sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, detention officers Dustin Riddle, Karl Scoggins and Steven Gerstenmier, Brunswick County, Western Surety Co., Southern Health Partners and Arlene Stanley, according to the lawsuit.

  • Oak Island man killed in single vehicle crash

    An Oak Island man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck when his car ran off the road and flipped several times.

    Travis Derrick Modlin, 25, of 219 N.E. 50th St., Oak Island, was traveling south on N.C. 133 in a 1994 Honda passenger car, according to First Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol. He ran off the road to the left. The car overturned several times, Morris said, before landing on its top.

    Modlin was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died.

    No other vehicles were involved, and no passengers were in the car.