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Today's News

  • Calabash eyes riverfront property purchase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have been going into closed session to look into the possibility of buying a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River.

    The parcel is on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, Town Administrator Chuck Nance said after the board went into closed sessions at their June 13 meeting and during a last-minute called “emergency” closed session to discuss the matter again last Thursday afternoon, June 15.

  • Sea Notes, Brunswick Concert Band team for ‘Sunrise Over America’ June 24-25 at BCC

    The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.

  • Boat-builder Dean Dosher crafts his own ark

    SUPPLY — It looks like an ark, and Dean Dosher doesn’t disagree.

    The longtime carpenter and craftsman is nothing if not crafty, especially when it comes to building a big boat.

    His plan is that someday soon the wooden boat he’s been working on for the past couple of years at his Kirby Road home will also float like an ark.

  • Ousted mom gets a new home

     VARNAMTOWN — Gail Hewitt has a new home.

    Months after an appeals court ruled against the 81-year-old woman in favor of her youngest daughter in a legal dispute over Hewitt’s Varnamtown house, Hewitt started moving last week to a new home less than a mile away from her former home on Varnamtown Road.

  • Sunset Beach delays action on Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has postponed until its Aug. 7 meeting a proposal for the town to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

    Speaking at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, June 20, Neil Gilbert of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team thanked the board for its prior resolution opposing offshore drilling.

  • Patient, EMTs recall rescue from cardiac arrest

    SUPPLY — On May 10, 76-year-old Theodore Racz of Sunset Beach began his tri-weekly kidney dialysis at Fresenius Kidney Care Brunswick County in Supply as usual. The treatment, which removes waste from the body after a person’s kidneys fail, usually lasts about five hours for him.

    About 30 minutes into it on this day, however, he said he “felt like I was hit by a baseball bat in the chest.

    “I called out to the nurse and that’s the last thing I remember.”

  • Commissioners seek end to GenX discharge

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved a resolution at their June 19 meeting requesting the Chemours Co. halt any processes that could discharge the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.

    A June 8 media report said GenX was found in the river, the raw water supplier for Brunswick County Public Utilities (BCPU).

    BCPU water meets all EPA and state standards for water quality, but labs don’t test for the chemical and it isn’t known if GenX is a chemical of concern, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • County board approves establishing 19-member fire commission

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County board members voted to establish a Brunswick County Fire Commission at the June 19 meeting

    The commission will analyze the current fire services funding as well as other funding options to recommend for a long term solution to fire department needs.

    The commission will also study and prioritize the 2017 Fire Services Peer Review recommendations and create an action plan to implement it.

  • Lightning strike suspected in OIB fire

    Firefighters think lightning caused the fire that damaged an empty house on the Ocean Isle Beach island Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

    Dispatchers received a call at 8:10 a.m. about the fire at 25 Atlantic Way, Mayor Debbie Smith said. A neighbor was awakened by a loud bang and realized the home was on fire.

    The house sustained extensive smoke and fire damage with a collapsed roof. Smith said crews successfully kept the fire from spreading to other homes, though the heat rippled vinyl siding on one of them.

  • Leland rebudgets tax increase, proposing 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland officials adjusted their budget expectations and cut the proposed tax rate from 26 cents to 21 cents at the June 15 town meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the proposed budget at the May 18 town meeting with a budget increase to $14.3 million, up from $10.8 million in fiscal year 2016-17.

    Hollis said the 2.67-cent increase from 18.33 cents to a 21-cent tax rate would increase the amount of tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $440.20, an increase of $56.60.