Today's News

  • Governments, schools provide post-hurricane status reports

    Brunswick County lifted voluntary evacuation Tuesday afternoon for all areas impacted by the Waccamaw Flood Plain based on the latest National Weather Service forecast following Hurricane Florence.

    Reid Hawkins, a meteorologist for the NWS in Wilmington, said the Waccamaw River would have a record crest Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Conway, S.C.

    Brunswick County Building Inspections opened a satellite office in Leland’s building inspections office, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

  • Teen with cancer who visited Holden Beach last month dies

    A teen whose wish of visiting Holden Beach with his family came true last month has died.

    Fourteen-year-old Eli Clark died Monday, Sept. 24, after a nearly two-year battle with central nervous system blastoma, a form of cancer.

  • Gastrointestinal outbreak reported at West Brunswick High School shelter

    West Brunswick High School evacuation officials are responding to reports of gastrointestinal symptoms at the local hurricane shelter.

    Shelter staff is working with the Brunswick County Health Department to institute enhanced cleaning methods and necessary measures, according to a health department news release Friday.

    "These reported symptoms are very typical of a norovirus, and the health department has begun its epidemiological work to confirm," the release states.

  • BFA, other organizations distribute supplies to Florence victims

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — Even before the first rain from Hurricane Florence reached Brunswick County, community organizations including Brunswick Family Assistance were ready to help those affected.

    “We actually started planning before the disaster. We had one truck ready, already packed with food Tuesday (Sept. 11) before the storm,” BFA program manager Charles Jackson said. “It was in the parking lot packed and ready and up high where water couldn’t get in it.”

  • Untreated wastewater discharge reported Sept. 22 in Leland

    Leland utilities discovered about 8,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged from a manhole of the gravity sewer system on Kobus Court in the Magnolia Greens subdivision Sept. 22.

    The discharge flowed from the manhole lid to the street stormwater collection system, which flows into Jackeys Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin.

  • Brunswick County Schools closed through Oct. 5

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools will remain closed through at least Oct. 5 as a result of Hurricane Florence.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb said Oct. 8 is the earliest day students can return to school.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education held an emergency meeting Monday in the district administrative offices in Bolivia.

    Four district schools have served as shelters since the storm.

    South Brunswick and North Brunswick high schools are still serving as shelters.

  • Shallotte aldermen OK debris removal plans, end state of emergency

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte aldermen at a Sept. 21 emergency meeting approved proceeding with plans for debris removal following Hurricane Florence with Crowdergulf Disaster Recovery & Debris Management of Theodore, Ala., and Landfall Strategies of Sarasota, Fla.

  • BCAR: county real estate market exceeds expectations through September

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued to demonstrate strength approaching the end of summer, according to the latest statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of new listings in August 2018 was up 20 percent compared with August 2017, while total sales volume dropped by 5.5 percent. The average sale price increased slightly, up almost 4 percent over last year.

  • USDA provides free meals to students in hurricane disaster areas

    All students in disaster areas affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina will be able to enjoy free school meals provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program through Oct. 26. This and additional measures has the potential to benefit 31 school districts and more than 284,000 children.

  • Mold in buildings flooded by hurricane presents health risks

    As North Carolinians begin to clean up debris and building interiors that may have been exposed to flooding or standing water caused by Hurricane Florence, state health officials are cautioning them to be mindful of the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that may be present inside homes and other buildings.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, mold growth should be cleaned up as quickly as possible and any water problems, such as leaks in roofs, walls and plumbing, should be fixed to help control moisture inside a building.