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Today's News

  • Florence-fueled flooding continues to pose road dangers

    Life-threatening flooding is the latest danger posed by Hurricane Florence, which has left trillions of gallons of water and damages estimated in the billions of dollars, including to roads, in her wake.

    As Brunswick County residents who evacuated struggle to return to their homes, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office was urging people this week to stay put because of impassable water-covered roads, especially from the north and west.

  • Officials warn of repair scams after disaster

    Citizens should be aware that following large storms and weather events, scammers sometimes target residents in the affected areas, according to a Brunswick County news release.

    Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf.

    If citizens encounter someone making such a claim or suspect a scammer in Brunswick County, they can report it by calling 911, 253-2777 or 253-5383.

  • USDA offers options to SNAP participants affected by Hurricane

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in North Carolina to buy hot foods with their benefits through Oct. 31, 2018.

    USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the importance of the waiver, noting many North Carolina residents evacuated to shelters cannot store food and are lacking access to cooking facilities as a result.

  • Agencies announce disaster assistance in Brunswick County

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of North Carolina to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning Sept. 7 and continuing.

    President Trump’s action makes federal funding available to affected people in Brunswick County, where assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

  • AAA offers tips to motorists, homeowners following hurricane

    AAA Carolinas urges motorists to take precautions before driving on potentially flooded roads and warns homeowners of the dangers that can come with cleanup following the storm damage.

  • Death reported at Hurricane Florence shelter in Shallotte

    By Brian Slattery and Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writers

    Someone died at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, which is in use as an emergency shelter during Hurricane Florence, on Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said all questions about the death should be directed to county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

  • Deputies arrest four in break-ins during hurricane

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested four men, including two charged in a fatal 2016 Shallotte crash, accused of breaking into cars and businesses during Hurricane Florence. 

    The sheriff's office received a call Thursday last night about break-ins in and around Carolina Shores and Calabash, spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Deputies arrested Devin Keither Harris, 21, and Justice William Harris, 18, and charged them each with breaking or entering a motor vehicle. They were each booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County battens down for Hurricane Florence

    Both a hurricane watch and a storm surge watch are in effect as Hurricane Florence nears the coastline of the Carolinas.

    The latest National Weather Service forecast Tuesday morning showed a significant increase in rainfall amounts, especially across North Carolina, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

    Life-threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the coast, as are damaging hurricane force winds. The bulk of these impacts were expected to occur Thursday afternoon and persist through Friday.

  • Bolivia man gets 18 years for cocaine distribution

     

    Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced a Bolivia man Sept. 12 to 18 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

    Howard also ordered 43-year-old Davin Lamont Smith to six years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

    Smith was charged in a six-count superseding indictment March 22, 2017, and pleaded guilty to four counts April 11.

  • OIB mayor puts in bid for police department building

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith made an offer to buy the town police department building at 2 W. Third St., which commissioners approved unanimously at the Sept. 11 town meeting.

    The town received a $460,670 offer to purchase the building from Sloane Realty of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters told the audience at the meeting Smith is the principal owner of the business and added she doesn’t get a vote on the decision.

    Walters recommended accepting the proposal.