Today's News

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Brunswick County upgraded to Tropical Storm Watch


    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has upgraded Brunswick County to a tropical storm watch. A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Storm Watch in Brunswick County

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County is preparing for tropical storm force conditions as a result of Hurricane Sandy passing offshore.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

    “The Emergency Operations Center will be operating at a condition three,” Marzano said.  “This means the EOC is on hot standby. If we feel the need to activate it we can press the button and activate.”

  • Hurricane Sandy inflicts minor damages on Brunswick County

    As she heads north to make a more memorable landfall, Hurricane Sandy’s visit past Brunswick County this past weekend brought minimal damages, local officials said Monday.

    “Other than a couple of the towns that may be assessing beach erosion issues, we are not aware of anything structural,” said Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano.

    The county’s emergency operations center operated at Level 3 throughout the weekend, meaning the EOC was on “hot standby” and ready to activate if needed.

  • Storm postpones weekend events

    Due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy, at least two planned weekend events have been postponed.

    The Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival originally planned for Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte has been postponed until 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10.

    Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea celebration scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Nov. 17 and 18.

    A decision was made Thursday afternoon to postpone the annual two-day event at a meeting of the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association.

  • State’s September unemployment rate at 9.6 percent

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point in September to 9.6 percent, but remains greater than the national unemployment rate for the same time.

    The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.8 percent.

    The state’s September unemployment rate is 1.1-percentage point lower than a year ago.

    In North Carolina, the number of people employed (smoothed seasonally adjusted) increased by 29,232 to 4,225,436 during the month, and by 61,656 during the year.

  • Elections: Economic growth, veterans and reform focus for U.S. House candidates

    The federal government needs to get out of the way.

    That was the message from David Rouzer, R-Benson, who is challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for District 7.

    Rouzer was in Brunswick County last Wednesday participating in the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Elections: County commissioner candidates square off on issues at forum

    They say they love Brunswick County and they’re fighting for a chance to represent you in county government.

    Last Wednesday, Brunswick County commissioner incumbent for District 4, Scott Phillips, R-Leland, sat on a panel with District 5 contenders Michael Ballard, D-Leland, and Frank Williams, R-Leland, as part of the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night.

  • Tourism authority wins awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) was recently awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC). The awards were presented at a ceremony on Sept. 27 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.

  • 4-H Senior Horticulture Team competes at nationals

    On Oct. 5, the Brunswick County 4-H Senior Horticulture Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clarke, Camden Clarke and coach Dr George Wong-Chong, representing North Carolina, attended the National Junior Horticulture Association (NJHA) Convention at Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    The team participated in the horticulture judging and plant identification competition, photography competition, photography workshop, horticulture jeopardy and horticulture connection.

  • Some ways to fight breast cancer

    By Sarah Barnwell
    Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer will affect one out of every eight women in the USA, so it is important for all women to learn how to help fight against breast cancer and to know the signs of breast cancer. Knowledge and medical technology improves greatly with each passing year.