Today's News

  • Town-wide drainage study for Carolina Shores completed

    Carolina Shores announced the completion of the town-wide drainage study by East Coast Engineering.

    During the past four years, the town has spent in excess of $2 million on drainage improvements, according to a town news release. This work remains ongoing to continuously improve the stormwater drainage system of the town.

  • Man charged in Calabash restaurant break-ins

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies caught the man they believe broke into and stole from a Calabash restaurant July 2.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of Calabash was arrested Tuesday and is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and two counts each of larceny after breaking and entering possession of stolen goods or property.

    The crimes happened about 6 a.m. July 2 at Seafood Hut in Calabash, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Shallotte adopts updated flood maps

     Three public hearings were held regarding the 2018 Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) at the July 3 regular meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen.

    Planning director Robert Waring said the state released the updated flood plain maps that included all of Brunswick County and municipalities for public comment and review. Shallotte was notified in February the maps would need to be adopted as revised by Aug. 28.

  • Deputies arrest men in separate heroin cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men July 2 in two separate heroin cases.

    Charles Lamon Brown, 27, of Jenrette Way NW in Sunset Beach is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver heroin and two counts each of conspiring to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Brown conspired with an unnamed person to sell and deliver 1.2 grams of heroin and had a wax bindle Feb. 7.

    Brown remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.

  • BBB warns of scams involving Medicare replacement cards

    The BBB of Coastal Carolina is warning of a new scam that targets Medicare recipients. Medicare has begun the process of replacing Medicare cards and scammers are seeking ways to make money during this period of transition.

    In a recent AARP survey, more than three quarters of Americans older than 65 knew very little about the new card system, which includes new user cards and replacement cards. Because of this lack of knowledge, it makes them very susceptible to the scammers who have plans on taking advantage of the situation.

  • Coalition to launch its inaugural County Care Fair

    The Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) is launching its inaugural County Care Fair, rotating between three Wal-Mart locations in Brunswick County: Monday, July 16, in Leland; Thursday, Aug. 16, in Southport; and Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Shallotte.

    The fair will take place at each location from 5 to 8 p.m. and will offer a wide range of health screenings, education and kid-friendly activities. There will also be grocery store tours and giveaways.

  • State reaches settlement over false Medicare, Medicaid claims

    North Carolina has settled with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier, over civil allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicare and Medicaid.

    The settlement is joined by 22 other states and the federal government. The total settlement is $9.95 million, of which North Carolina will receive $43,671.23.

  • OIB planning board to meet July 17

    The Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall at 3 W. Third St. on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board meets the third Tuesday of the month.

    Call 579-2166 for more information.

  • Carolina Shores issues flood maps alert for homeowners

    Carolina Shores announced new flood maps are being adopted Aug. 28 and the blackout window for flood insurance purchase before the effective date is July 28. Homeowners must purchase flood insurance by the July 28 date to qualify for a reduced rate.

    Carolina Shores homeowners are advised to check the town website on flood maps, carolinashoresnc.com/floodmapmodernization, and talk with their insurance agent about a National Flood Insurance Program policy.

  • Public meetings on Sunny Point Joint Land Use Study scheduled for July 30 at two sites

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), Brunswick County, New Hanover County and the municipalities of Leland, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The purpose of the JLUS is to identify potential land use conflicts around the military installation and the railroad corridor between MOTSU and Leland that might impede the long-term sustainability of its operations.