Today's News

  • Center seeks more beds for addiction program participants

    Brunswick Christian Recovery Center will seek a special use permit at the Dec. 13 county zoning board of adjustment meeting for a small group home at 1401 Ash Little River Road.

    The 3.4-acre property would allow an additional 13 men to have a place to stay while in the BCRC 12-week program, expanding its current program from 15 participants.

  • Leland EDC brainstorms business growth opportunities

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee is working on a strategic plan to increase business growth in the town and surrounding area, with plans for a report to share with the public in 2019.

    The EDC began planning at its regular meeting Nov. 8 by inviting John McCloskey of Southport, a facilitator from SCORE, a group of 11,000 retired executives who volunteer to help develop business.

  • NCDEQ does all it plans to do on lower Cape Fear GenX contaminants

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has done all it intends to do to address GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) in the lower Cape Fear River, based on answers provided in a Nov. 29 media conference call.

    The agency agreed Nov. 21 with The Chemours Co. and Cape Fear River Watch on a proposed consent order to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs), including GenX, that contaminated wells and the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for Brunswick County, from Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.

  • If you don’t like the DEQ deal with Chemours, stand up and say so

    If you don’t think state officials have done enough to clear up the GenX and PFAs compounds in your drinking water, you’re going to have to tell them about it.

    Or if you simply want The Chemours Co., which is responsible for those PFAs in your drinking water, to have to install an under-the-sink reverse osmosis water filter in your home because “better safe than sorry” or just for spite, you, too, are going to have to tell it to the state.

    Also, if you just want to say, “Is that it?” you have until Dec. 21 to do so.

  • FEMA deadline to file for Hurricane Florence emergency assistance Dec. 13

    BOLIVIA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided more than $42.4 million to Brunswick County residents, including $6.8 million to homeowners and renters meeting housing assistance, as a result of Hurricane Florence.

    FEMA division supervisor Bob Spence and U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance public affairs specialist Lyn Eldridge updated Brunswick County commissioners on emergency response during the board’s agenda meeting Monday afternoon.

  • Nonprofit of the week: BFA Tree of Hope/Angel Tree

    Contact: Brunswick Family Assistance

    4600-10 Main St., Shallotte, 754-4766

    324-I Village Road, Leland, 408-1365

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte 28459

    Email: brunswickfamily@yahoo.com

    Website: brunswickfamily.org

    It may just be the first week of December, but the angels and elves with the Brunswick Family Assistance Tree of Hope/Angel Tree/Christmas Basket program are just about ready to wrap things up.

  • Free Winterfest event Saturday in Southport

    The Brunswick Arts Council is hosting a free Winterfest Performing Arts event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    The event, set up in a cabaret atmosphere with hot cinnamon cider, will feature performances from “Nutcracker” by Elizabeth Hester’s Wilmington School of Ballet, International School of Ballet and three companies with the emerging Brunswick School of Ballet.

    Navassa native Marsha Graham-Ali of Leland will entertain with vocals from opera to gospel.

  • Sunset Beach debates future ERC rules

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council voted to forward proposed new rules and regulations for the town’s future Environmental Resource Committee to Town Attorney Grady Richardson following debate at Monday night’s meeting.

    The agenda item was the result of collaboration between council members Jan Harris, who previously served on the ERC, and John Corbett.

  • Carolina Shores lauds public service recipients

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town recognized developer D.R. Horton and its design firm, Thomas & Hutton, with resolutions Monday for partnering with the town in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

    Mayor Joyce Dunn presented framed copies of resolutions to representatives with both firms at the morning workshop Dec. 3 for providing “valuable technical expertise” and “robust, resilient and safe” construction following three record floods in the past four years with “zero flood loss.”

  • 'A Christmas Carol,’ Nutcracker heighten season at OWA

    One-time performances of two traditional holiday productions brighten the season and stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend.

    A live touring production of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by PerSeverance Productions and CMI Entertainment, unfolds at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    For the past few years, this special adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story has been presented to more than 100,000 audiences nationwide with heart, humor and humbug.