Today's News

  • Body found near Ocean Isle Beach

    A 25-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach on Friday.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax identified the victim Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20, as Blaire Whitney Anderson, 25, of Ocean Haven Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

    The body was found in the water at Inland Drive, which is on the mainland near the town's west end, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith said Saturday. A pair of shoes was found on an adjacent dock, Smith said.

  • Nov. 6 ballot stuffed with constitutional amendments

    Six proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be put to voters on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

    The amendments address hunting and fishing rights; victim rights and protections; determining a maximum allowable income tax rate; requiring photo identification to vote; judicial vacancy appointments; and adjusting the size of the bipartisan state Board of Ethics and Elections.

  • Leland reports discharge of untreated wastewater

    Leland Utilities discovered a discharge of untreated wastewater from lift station 14 at 163 S. Navassa Road on Oct. 15. The lift station leaked about 1,500 gallons into Sturgeon Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin.

  • Sunset Beach to revise proposal to control council communication

    SUNSET BEACH — After lengthy debate over a proposal requiring town council members to secure permission before speaking to other officials or the media, a majority of council agreed to have Mayor Greg Weiss come up with a revision.

    The 3-1 vote came at council’s bimonthly meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, after town council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato objected to councilman John Corbett’s proposed “communications policy amendment.” Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton was absent.

  • County to pay for gated community storm debris pickup

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed Oct. 15 to cover the cost to pick up vegetative and construction and demolition debris in gated communities, with a few stipulations.

    Stephanie Lewis, the county’s director of operation services, said there are 26 gated communities in Brunswick County. Staff estimated there are 27,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 1,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris combined in those communities.

  • Debris collection continues in county

    As Hurricane Florence debris collection continues in unincorporated areas of Brunswick County, citizens should ensure that any debris placed out for collection is put by the curb or in the right-of-way.

    Contractors will be making a second pass through Brunswick County to pick up debris in unincorporated areas, or areas that are not in a city or town. A map is available at brunswickcountync.gov under “Debris, Trash and Recycling Collections” showing the collection status of unincorporated areas.

  • Leland commissioners look to state, federal agencies for a flooding study

    LELAND — Council members debated Oct. 15 whether the town needed to pay for a study to understand flooding that occurred as a result of Hurricane Florence, based on damage in Stoney Creek Plantation.

    Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman asked if there was a way to answer the charge that excessive development is causing the area to flood. “Do we have to do a study?” she asked.

    Town Manager David Hollis said flooding is a very difficult issue to study, especially when the ground acts like an impervious surface when it is flooded.

  • Brunswick County Schools announce employees of the year

    Brunswick County Schools announced their employees of the year.

    Dr. Rick Hessman of Bolivia Elementary School is principal of the year, and Claire Herrington, a third-grade science teacher at Southport Elementary School, is teacher of the year.

    Rookie of the year went to Natalie Gavitt, who’s an Exceptional Children teacher at Shallotte Middle School, and nurse Melissa Pittman at Cedar Grove Middle School was named instructional support staff of the year.

  • Greene County women give back to Bolivia Elementary School

    On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit the mostly empty Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill, leaving significant damage in its wake. Some classrooms looked as normal as they had before the tornado, Snow Hill resident Jessica Byrd said, while the others were rubble.

    “Greene County is a small county, it’s a rural county, and a lot of times we get overlooked,” she said.

    But in this instance, many people came together to bring relief. It’s something Byrd said she’s never forgotten.

  • Hurricane Florence assistance tops $423M

    A month after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, more than $423 million in state and federal funds has been provided directly to North Carolinians to aid in their recovery.

    The funds include grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

    • Nearly $99 million in state and federal grants approved for homeowners and renters.