Today's News

  • 14th annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday in Calabash

    CALABASH—The seafood capital’s 14th annual tree lighting is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    As it did last year, the event will kick off with a yuletide parade down Beach Drive.

    Those planning to attend this year’s tree lighting will be feted with entertainment, goodies and a candle lighting in addition to the tree lighting, event organizer Laura Ward said.

  • West Brunswick students promote literacy with book campaign

    Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, the Grinch and the Hardy Boys came to life Friday morning and presented every third-grader at Supply Elementary School with a new book.

    As part of an advanced marketing class project at West Brunswick High School, seniors Julianne Donoghue, Taylor Madison and Jessica Gruber focused on a community-related project to help promote and raise literacy awareness.

  • Board approves temporary contract for SRO services

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have approved a temporary contract for school resource officers (SRO).

    The approval came at a specially called meeting Nov. 19, although the SROs have been working since July.

  • Shallotte man files complaint against BEMC

    Shallotte resident Michael Feldman recently filed a complaint against Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC) with the state’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA). He says he was charged higher-than-normal bills during the summer months.

    Last week, the agency’s administrator sent a letter stating the REA was unable to substantiate his claims of inaccurate meter readings, and now Feldman says he still has a lot of questions about how the decisions were made.

  • Text messaging while driving ban in effect

    The laws in North Carolina are beginning to catch up with technology.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 1, a new law took effect, which makes it illegal to text message or e-mail on a handheld device or cell phone while driving, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Al Morris said.

    The new law doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones or handheld devices, Morris said, just text messaging and e-mailing on the devices. If caught text messaging or e-mailing while driving, violators face a $100 fine plus court costs, which Morris said are usually around $130.

  • Sheriff switches party; intends to seek GOP nomination for sheriff

    For the first time in more than 35 years, Brunswick County will have a Republican sheriff—at least until the November 2010 election.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced he switched his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week. Ingram will seek the GOP nomination for sheriff for the upcoming 2010 election.

    If Ingram wins re-election as a Republican, he would be the first Brunswick County Republican-elected sheriff in at least 35 years.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines continue for CDC priority groups

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department have administered more than 3,200 H1N1 vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention priority group.

    Once all people in the CDC priority group—pregnant women, children ages 6 months old to 24 years old, healthcare workers, caregivers or people who live in a home with an infant younger than six months old and anyone ages 25-64 with chronic health conditions—have been vaccinated, the health department will open its H1N1 vaccines to anyone who would like a vaccine.

  • Don't be a victim this holiday season: Officers offer crime prevention tips

    For most people, the holiday season is a time to be spent with families and friends—traveling, holiday parties and shopping excursions in search of the perfect gift.

    It’s also the time of year when crime increases, both on people and property, and drinking-related collisions, including fatalities, occur more frequently on local roads.

    Local law enforcement officials say there are ways to prevent becoming a victim this holiday season—on the road, in your homes or while out and about.

  • Newly elected commissioners to be sworn in Tuesday in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town’s three newly elected commissioners will be sworn in at the monthly town board meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 8.

    Incumbent Bill Dixon, former commissioner Jody Nance and write-in candidate Mary Knight were elected to fill three town commission seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election.

    Also on the agenda is recognition of outgoing commissioners Emily DiStasio, who has served on the board for the past decade, and Cecelia Herman.

  • Carolina Shores welcomes new commissioners, organizational changes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Organizational changes were the talk of the town board after newly elected town commissioners Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough were sworn in and seated at a special meeting Tuesday.