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Today's News

  • Judge continues Paws-Ability estate case

    BOLIVIA — A Superior Court judge has continued an estate case involving nonprofit animal advocacy group Paws-Ability following a hearing Tuesday.

    After about four hours of debate between attorneys representing Paws-Ability and petitioners Wilburn and Allison Smith regarding the estate of Margaret Edith Taylor, Judge James G. Bell asked both sides to submit reasons for their opposing motions to him by Thursday regarding a judgment in the case.

  • Tornado reported from Hurricane Dorian

    As Hurricane Dorian passes along the Carolinas coast, a tornado has been reported over Sunset Beach Town Hall and surrounding neighborhoods about 7 a.m. Thursday.

    Damage is reported on Shoreline Drive East, which is closed in the 300, 600 and 700 blocks. Power is out in that area but Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. is on-site and working to restore power, according to a release from the town. Town staff is surveying the rest of the town to see if other areas were affected.

  • Hurricane topples campers, boat at RV storage facility

    The Calabash Fire Department responded to and reported more wind damages from Hurricane Dorian at an RV storage facility on Ash Little River Road on Thursday morning.

  • Shallotte police department upgrades 911 call center

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved Police Chief S.E. Branning’s request to enter into an agreement with Zuercher Technologies LLC to provide more efficient records management for the police department during their Tuesday, Sept. 3, regular meeting.

  • Governor orders mandatory evacuation for barrier islands

    Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands, including all Brunswick County beaches, effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday as Hurricane Dorian moves up the East Coast.

    All residents, visitors and business owners are required to vacate local islands and beaches as soon as possible.

    In Sunset Beach, a police officer will be stationed at the base of the bridge stopping in-bound traffic starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Brunswick County keeping close eye on Hurricane Dorian

    Tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Dorian could develop as early as Wednesday morning for northeast South Carolina and Wednesday into Thursday morning for southeast North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service-Wilmington.

    If the hurricane, currently a category 4, tracks over the area or closer to the coast then hurricane force winds could arrive around 6 a.m. Thursday.

    Brunswick County’s government buildings are scheduled to open as usual Tuesday, Sept. 3.

  • Brunswick County opens hurricane shelters

    Brunswick County will open three shelters for residents during Hurricane Dorian starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

    The locations of the pet-friendly shelters are:

    ⏺️ North Brunswick High School: 114 Scorpion Drive, Leland
    ⏺️ West Brunswick High School: 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte
    ⏺️ South Brunswick High School (newest location): 280 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes

  • Brunswick County Schools and BCC on early dismissal Tuesday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on an early dismissal schedule for students and staff at all schools Tuesday, Sept. 3, in order to give everyone time to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Dorian.

    The schedule calls for dismissal of high schools at 11:45 a.m., middle schools at noon and elementary schools at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. Information about further closings will be announced soon.

    Brunswick Community College will close at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and remain closed through at least Thursday, with further information to be announced later as conditions warrant.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe draws praise for integrated arts program

    ASH —Combine art, rhythm, bingo, dice and technology into a seamless, coordinated effort. The result:  a school arts curriculum that attracts the attention of a host of visitors from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary welcomed four state officials, members of the Brunswick Board of Education, parents, faculty and two students to its Media Center Thursday, Aug. 29, in recognition of the school’s integrated approach to instruction.

  • Donations continue rolling in for Shallotte teen in need of liver transplant

    The total amount of donations collected for Shallottee teen Zachary Townsend has jumped from $410 as of Aug. 8 to $3,910 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3.

    Townsend has been on the Duke Health Liver Transplant Center’s wait list since early this past spring. The 17-year-old discovered nearly two years ago that his diseased liver needs to be replaced with a healthy organ.