Today's News

  • Town to pursue annexing Carolina Shores North, possibly library

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have voted to pursue voluntary annexation of the Carolina Shores North community and to explore the possibility of annexing the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library.

    The unanimous vote to send a letter to the General Assembly to pursue the annexation referendum process for Carolina Shores North followed discussion at a board economic development commission meeting last Thursday, Jan. 10.

  • Sunset Beach explores climate change action

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun taking a closer look at a possible action plan to address climate change issues now and into the end of the century.

    During discussion at their second meeting of the month Tuesday, council approved having a resolution put on their Feb. 4 meeting agenda after councilman John Corbett presented a report.

  • Oyster Festival moves to new Ocean Isle Beach site for 2019

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The NC Oyster Festival will relocate from East Second Street to West Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach for 2019.

    Commissioners approved the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce group activity application for the annual event at the Jan. 7 town meeting.

    This year’s festival will be Oct. 19-20. The change in location from the familiar site next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina on the east side of Causeway Drive was necessary because of construction of the town’s municipal park at Causeway Drive and East Second Street.

  • Brunswick County Teen Court set for Jan. 22

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County.

  • Friday rally in Shallotte seeks ‘Justice for Brandon’

    SHALLOTTE — Less than two weeks after his New Year’s Day death, marchers took to Main Street in Shallotte on Friday to seek “Justice for Brandon” Webster.

    Webster, 28, succumbed to injuries Jan. 1 from a gunshot wound after arriving at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center that night.

    Trooper S.A. Collins, assigned to Troop B, District 6, Brunswick County, is a one-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

    He fired at the vehicle Webster was driving on Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) near Shallotte at 8:55 p.m.

  • Financial planning for retirees series begins Jan. 24

    “Financial Planning For Retirees,” a three-part series, will begin Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Brunswick Center at Calabash, 10050 Beach Drive SW in Calabash. Call 754-7427 to register or for more information. Complimentary workbooks will be provided for each class.

    This educational series will cover all areas of finances for retirees: investment planning, portfolio balancing, minimizing risk, income generation, utilizing annuities, estate planning techniques, long-term care planning and more.

  • Calabash approves fifth Turkey Trot at first 2019 meeting

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved having the fifth annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, this year following a presentation by event organizers David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions.

    Speaking at the board’s first monthly meeting for 2019 last Tuesday, Jan. 8, Hutnik said there will be 1-mile, 5K and 10K races starting at 7 a.m. and ending around 8:30 a.m. He said the event has grown every year with about 850 participants at the fourth annual trot Nov. 22. He said they expect more than 1,000 this year.

  • No one injured in Seaside Road house fire

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue responded at 8:31 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, to the scene of a house fire at 200 Seaside Road with the first engine arriving at 8:35 p.m., Chief Tal Grissett said. 

    Firefighters encountered a locked gate across the only driveway to the structure as flames were coming from the back of the structure and the roof. No one was at home at the time.

    About 1,500 feet of water supply line was laid from a fire hydrant to the attack engine, blocking Seaside Road for a period of time.

  • Gated communities reimbursed for hurricane debris removal

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will reimburse gated communities about one-third of the costs they submitted for the removal of vegetative debris from Hurricane Florence.

    Commissioners agreed Nov. 5 to allow gated community property owners associations to submit debris removal costs to the county for reimbursement with the understanding that the requests for reimbursement would be based on the county’s contract for debris removal. The POAs would not be repaid in full if commissioners agreed to reimburse them.

  • Silver Alert issued for man last seen in Sunset Beach

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a 23-year-old man last seen at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Paul Milton Simms, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, is described as a 6-foot-1 white man weighing 185 pounds with blue eyes and long brown hair. He was last seen wearing a camouflage coat and could be headed to Oak Island, Hiddenite or Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The alert, issued just before 6 p.m. Thursday, did not indicate when Simms was reported missing.