Today's News

  • El Niño forecast leads to mild winter prediction

    Mild weather for Thanksgiving will lead us into a mild winter, according to officials with the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Stephen Keebler, meteorologist with NWS in Wilmington, said Tuesday the Thanksgiving holiday week is expected to remain cool and dry.

    The Thanksgiving Day forecast is a high of 59 degrees and a low of 51 degrees.

  • Church soldiers on to help others post-hurricane

    ASH — Floodwaters have receded, and a post-hurricane odor that permeated the region as well as roadside piles of destroyed furnishings have gradually begun to dissipate thanks to time and county pickup service.

    Nine weeks after Hurricane Florence brought damage and destruction to the Carolinas, relief work continued. The volunteer troops at Soldier Bay Baptist Church were among those who remained on the ready last week to aid people still in need after the storm.

  • Bolivia man gets 17 years for drug trafficking

    A federal judge sentenced a Bolivia man to 17 years for drug trafficking in a case investigated by the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III also sentenced 50-year-old Rodney Troy Williams to five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon announced in a news release issued Nov. 16.

  • Leland agrees to pay for a second study on burying power lines along Village Road

    LELAND — Town council members approved spending $13,500 at their Nov. 15 meeting to find out the real cost of burying power and telephone lines along Village Road.

    They approved an agreement with consultant MBP Carolinas Inc. to calculate the cost of moving the existing overhead electric and telecommunication lines on Village Road underground from the U.S. 74/76/Village Road interchange to the intersection at Oakland Avenue.

  • Shallotte aldermen discuss exotic animal ordinance

    Shallotte aldermen discussed the possibility of drafting an exotic animal ordinance at their Nov. 7 meeting.
    Planning director Robert Waring said no state general statute requires a municipality to have an exotic animal ordinance, but the town has the ability to regulate exotic animals, “so we are within the town rights to say you can have them with conditions, you cannot have them at all, and of course whatever rules the board sees fit,” he said.

  • Attempt to roll back H2GO expansion restrictions fails

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO commissioner Rodney McCoy tried to roll back restrictions Nov. 15 on expansion of the sanitary district the H2GO board voted for last month.

    H2GO commissioners approved a resolution by a 3-2 split vote Oct. 16 that added board-controlled stipulations to expansion outside the current service area.

    H2GO board chairman Jeff Gerken proposed the resolution to prohibit expansion of H2GO services without prior approval of the board of commissioners, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

  • Message of unity shared at annual service

    WILMINGTON — Larry Joshua Goodson told his mother Almira Jones he would get a girlfriend someday.
    And he did: A puppy he named Girlfriend, who went everywhere with him.
    “One day he came by my house and said, ‘I want you to meet my new girlfriend,’ a brown and white puppy,” she said Friday night.
    Jones was one of the speakers at the 23rd annual Candlelight Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church for families who lost loved ones to violence as Jones did in 2015, when Goodson was fatally shot in June 2015.

  • OIB buys land to extend airport runway protection zone

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved an agreement Nov. 13 to purchase 3.7 vacant acres off Hale Swamp Road SW across from Odell Williamson Airport to extend the Runway Protection Zone.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey told commissioners the land purchase is similar one the town made on the Lowes Foods side of the airport runway.

    She said the town received an appraisal price of $314,500 and made an offer to the property owner, Willa Rae Cox.

  • Calabash pursues higher help with N.C. 179 bridge concerns

    CALABASH — The town continues to pursue help from upper-level government officials regarding safety concerns about the N.C. 179 bridge over the Calabash River.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 13, Mayor Mary Knight read a letter she wrote and expressed hope representatives at all levels will be able to assist or lend support in the future.

    She said few people realize the two-lane, 280-foot-long span providing access between Calabash and Sunset Beach is an evacuation route.

  • Trustees choose Smith as new BCC president

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees chose Dr. Gene Smith to succeed Dr. Susanne Adams as the college’s president in a unanimous vote after a closed session during their regular meeting Thursday night.

    The State Board of Community Colleges approved the action Friday.

    BCC board chairman Alan Holden said Smith accepted the position and will begin Jan. 2.