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Today's News

  • Longtime OWA manager Mike Sapp dies

    The community is mourning Mike Sapp, longtime manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, who died Tuesday in Durham.

    Sapp, 64, died from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center, according to information posted on his Facebook page by his daughter, Amy Leighton.

  • Dead bear found on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach

    A black bear was found dead in one of the travel lanes of N.C. 904 early Wednesday, apparently after being struck by a car.

    The bear, estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, was found near the Ascension Drive entrance to the Sunset Ridge community.

    Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said vehicular parts were also found at the scene, leading to speculation the bear was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene.

    Sunset Ridge resident Bob Johns said the incident apparently happened sometime after midnight in the early hours of May 23.

  • Carolina Shores gets recreational with new parks commission

    CAROLINA SHORES — For the past two decades since incorporating, the town has faced and strived to resolve serious issues like stormwater, street paving and tree removal.

    Now, town leaders believe it’s time to have a little fun.

    A reflection of that is the town’s newly formed parks commission, which convened at town hall last week for participants’ first official meeting.

  • Missing swimmer found safe in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 26-year-old swimmer reported missing early Thursday morning was found alive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Coast Guard said the man, who was not identified, was swimming near 371 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach when he was reported missing about 3:30 a.m.

  • Man injured in Supply cement truck crash

    A man suffered a laceration to his head following a cement truck crash in Supply on Thursday, May 24.

    The empty truck was traveling in the 2700 block of Boones Neck Road from Windy Point toward Oxpen Road about 9 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and landed on its right side in the middle of the road.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers Chris Thompson and T.W. Inman said the driver, Frank Stock of Nakina, who had been wearing his seat belt, was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Bird Island, Navassa preserved in ‘Saving Great Places’

    Bird Island and Navassa are two Brunswick County locales featured in a new book about successful efforts of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to save the environment.

    “Saving Great Places,” by University of Virginia’s College at Wise professor emeritus of history Glenn Blackburn, focuses on five sites on the N.C. coast in which the federation partnered with local citizens to fight a development project.

  • GenX, water contaminant testing bills filed

    Competing bills that address GenX and other emerging contaminants in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, and other sources of drinking water were submitted May 17 during the second day of the General Assembly’s short session.

    Rep. Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents northern Brunswick County, filed House Bill 968 with fellow Democrats Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, William Richardson and Elmer Floyd of Fayetteville spoke about the bill during a May 17 town meeting in Wilmington.

  • Two men sentenced in 2017 Supply home invasion

    Two of the three men charged in a 2017 Supply home invasion will spend at least five years in prison.

    Jonathan Joel Velez, 23, of Chadwick Landing in Shallotte and Miguel Angel Rivera Cortes, 46, of Seawind Court in Supply pleaded in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, while Joshua Albarran, 23, of Mackerel Street in Supply pleaded March 7, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • Brunswick County budget proposes no tax increase, public hearing June 18

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2018-19 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night showing an operating budget of $242,689,100 with no increase in the tax rate.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a fourth year.

    The county tax on a home valued at $250,000 would be $1,212.50 and the county tax on a vehicle with a value of $25,000 would be $121.25.

  • Teachers ‘Rally for Respect’ in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — An estimated 26,000 teachers from across North Carolina, including Brunswick County, traveled to the state capital May 16 for the “March for Students and Rally for Respect” organized by the nonpartisan North Carolina Association of Educators.

    Two charter buses with teachers from all over the county left from Shallotte and Leland on Wednesday morning in time for the planned 10 a.m. March for Students. Teachers then made their way into the legislative building at 10:45 a.m. before the General Assembly convened at noon.