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Today's News

  • Holden Beach commissioners opt against amicus brief in Ocean Isle Beach lawsuit

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners decided not to involve the town in a lawsuit over Ocean Isle Beach’s planned east end terminal groin.

    The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of the National Audubon Society on Aug. 16, 2017, in U.S. District Court, challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ permit authorizing Ocean Isle Beach to build the groin.

  • Southport police officers return to duties Nov. 5

    After more than three months on paid administrative leave, Southport’s police officers returned to work Monday at 7 a.m.

    Former Southport alderman and newly appointed Southport Police Chief Todd Coring said officers assumed duties from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, which performed all law enforcement functions in the city since late July after the arrest of the town’s former chief, Gary Smith, and former second in command, Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, amid an ongoing corruption investigation

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren tests planned

    The outdoor warning sirens within the 10-mile area around Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested over the next several weeks.

    The tests will be full-volume and last about five to 10 seconds. The work will be conducted Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents can expect to hear the sirens.

  • BFA Christmas program walk-in day Nov. 17

    Brunswick Family Assistance is holding a walk-in day from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 for the Christmas program at both offices: in Shallotte at 4600-10 Main St. and in Leland at 324-I Village Road.

    Clients must bring proof of income and expenses for the application process.

    Clients must have a Medicaid card, Social Security card or birth certificate to prove custody of the children entering the program. Having all necessary paperwork makes processing eligibility a quick process. Clients should expect it to take 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Sunset Beach seeks input on sign ordinance

    The town of Sunset Beach Planning and Inspections Department is seeking feedback on the second draft of a proposed re-write of Article 11 Sign Regulations, which can be found online at https://bit.ly/2ANfEIP.

    As laws and regulations change, the town’s development regulations must be changed to stay current. Recently, a federal judge ruled and higher courts upheld that signage regulations should be content neutral to protect First Amendment rights to expression. Size, location and quantity may be regulated, but not the specific content of the sign.

  • More than $30M in emergency heating assistance available

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reminding North Carolinians that more than $30 million in funds are available for families who need emergency help heating their homes through the Crisis Intervention Program.

  • NCDOT seeks input on transportation needs


    If Brunswick County residents want to speak up on transportation issues, now is the time when the rubber meets the road.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has asked for the public’s help to identify future transportation needs. It set up an online survey and an interactive map for public comment through Nov. 30.

  • Two Southport firefighters injured in house fire

    Two Southport firefighters were injured while responding to a house fire Nov. 3 off Long Beach Road.

    Southport Fire Chief Charles A. Drew did not name the injured firefighters, but said one fell through the floor of the home and suffered a leg injury and the other passed out from overexertion. Both were treated at the scene and are recovering, he said.

    Crews arrived within six minutes of receiving the fire call about midnight and contained the fire about 20 minutes later, Drew said.

  • Fund assists animal shelters with Hurricane Florence expenses

    Animal shelters that incurred expenses as a result of Hurricane Florence can request reimbursement through the Animal Shelter Support Fund. Services eligible for reimbursement include veterinary, sanitation, feed, supplies and temporary housing. This fund cannot be used for administrative costs or capital expenditures.

    Shelters need to apply soon, as requests should be made within 60 days of the incurred expense.

  • Leland woman wins $200,000 in lottery

    Cathie Ramsey of Leland won $200,000 after she played the Carolina Panthers scratch-off game Friday morning.

    She bought her winning ticket at the Buy N’ Go on Ploof Road in Leland.

    “I’m a lifelong Panthers fan,” Ramsey said in a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. “So when I saw the scratch-off ticket I knew that was the one I wanted.”

    She started scratching the ticket as she walked to her car.