Today's News

  • 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.

  • Oak Island environmentalists sponsor first e-recycling drive

    OAK ISLAND— The first electronic recycling drive held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ocean View United Methodist Church in Oak Island offered Brunswick County residents an opportunity to dispose of outdated technology free of guilt.

    Approximately 25 volunteers helped individuals find an earth-friendly alternative to tossing their old, unused computers, laptops, TVs, printers, scanners, cell phones and “basically anything with a cord” in an already overcrowded landfill.

  • What’s a hurricane? Why are the lights off? Where are my snacks?

    What do you mean the power is off?

    I don’t understand why I can’t watch the iPad.

    Why is it so dark in here?

    Why did you and Mommy buy so many snacks?

    Why can’t you heat up my noodles?

    Why are we lighting those candles?

    Daddy, why are you carrying around a flashlight?

    Can we play bubbles when the lights come back on?

    I can’t sleep — it’s too hot. Can you make it cold?

  • 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.