Today's News

  • Consultant provides MOTSU land use study update

    Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) updated the public Dec. 4 on its joint land use study with local governments to identify and mitigate land use conflicts.

    MOTSU was built in 1953 and sits on 16,000 acres north of Southport that is used to transport ammunition to and from the terminal to bases around the world. It also maintains 17 miles of railroad track and an interchange yard near Leland to drop off and pick up trains.

  • Lewis swears in school board members at recognition celebration

    Lewis swears in school board members at recognition celebration


    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    BOILING SPRING LAKES — Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis made an appearance at the regular Brunswick County Board of Education meeting Dec. 4 to swear in board members.

  • Vehicle emissions inspections no longer required in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County no longer requires an emissions inspection on motor vehicles.

    After 52 of North Carolina’s 100 counties stopped requiring vehicle emissions inspections in 2006, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 131 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017) during the 2017 long session that requested a revision of the air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) removing 26 more counties — including Brunswick — from the state’s Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program.

  • Duke Energy to include Brunswick Nuclear Plant in staff reductions

    Duke Energy will buy out or lay off some members of its workforce across the company’s six-state coverage area, including those at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.

    Karen Williams, Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant spokeswoman, said Thursday it is looking across the entire company to reduce staff. The plant employs more than 800 people.

  • Holden Beach inlet board recommends pursuing sand project

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach’s inlet and beach protection board recommended town commissioners pursue a project that could mean sand being placed on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The board made its recommendation at a special Dec. 7 meeting.

    Board members learned about the opportunity during their regular Nov. 29 meeting.

  • Hughes receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Former Shallotte Town Administrator Albert Hughes has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors.

    North Carolina’s governors have awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine since 1963 to people who made significant contributions to the state and their communities through public service.

    Brunswick County commissioner Marty Cooke presented Hughes with the award at the at the Shallotte Board of Aldermen’s Dec. 4 meeting.

    Hughes said the award was a legitimate surprise.

  • Sheriff’s office arrests five on drug charges

    Sheriff’s office arrests five on drug charges     


    Staff Report


    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people on drug charges.

  • Sunset Beach fire displaces residents

    A fire attributed to an electrical problem damaged an unoccupied townhouse in Sunset Beach on Friday night, displacing its residents until repairs can be done.

    The first fire engine responding to an alarm arrived at the scene on Queen Anne Street at 7:36 p.m. Dec. 7, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Paul Hasenmeier said.

    After smoke was spotted in the second and third-floor windows of the unit over Sunset Nails Salon, the incident was elevated to a fire call. Additional mutual-aid response engines from Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach and Grissettown fire departments arrived.

  • Subdivision changes draw questions in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Zoning and development changes drew questions from a few Calabash Lakes residents who said it would eliminate overflow parking.

    Christine Rice, who lives on Crescent Lake Drive in the subdivision, questioned the town board of commissioners at length during a public hearing at their monthly meeting last Thursday, Dec. 6.

  • FEMA specialists to offer mitigation tips at Wal-Mart in Southport

    Disaster survivors can get tips and advice on how to rebuild stronger against future storm damage at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 1675 N. Howe St. in Southport from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 28, with the exception of Christmas Day.