Local News

  • Calabash VFW launches annual Lenten fish fry dinners

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 packs the hall for its fish fry dinners each Friday during Lent and this year will be no exception.

    Beginning  Friday, Feb. 16, and continuing each Friday through March 30, the Post offers up a generous serving of haddock along with french fries and coleslaw from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The cost of the feast is $11 per plate with chowder for another $2.  These dinners are prepared after the order is submitted so freshness is assured.

  • OIB seeks promise ATMC lines won’t tear up roads

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach town board members approved requesting a $100,000 insurance bond from ATMC to ensure streets are repaired after a fiber optic line is installed.

    “This will ensure the streets are not torn up,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the streets will be in some disarray while the fiber is buried and they believe ATMC will do a good job with street repairs, but the bond or surety provided would be a safety measure.

    Board members approved the request unanimously, 5-0.

  • Planning board recommends large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — A Rick Ross rap concert promoted ultimately scrapped last year for a lack of permits led the county’s planning department to establish a large event permit process.

    At Monday’s planning board meeting, staff presented a change to the Unified Development Ordinance to provide a temporary use permit for events expected to attract more than 1,000 people.

  • Eleven candidates file for election

    The filing period for the May 8 primary election began at noon Monday and continues through noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.

    Board of Elections director Sara Knotts announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, will determine one-stop early voting locations for the primary.

  • House declines to hear Senate-amended GenX bill

    The state House of Representatives declined to address a Senate-amended version of House Bill 189 to fund testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants Tuesday.

    “The House passed (its) version of the bill almost unanimously. But the Senate monkeyed with it so bad the House did not want anything to do with it,” said Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington, whose district includes the northern portion of Brunswick County.

    Butler said the bill is not expected to come up for discussion again until May’s short session.

  • Bureau seeks rate hike for rental home, beach house insurance

    Following a homeowners insurance rate increase request in November 2017, the North Carolina Rate Bureau filed for a dwelling insurance rate increase Feb. 7.

    The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the N.C. Department of Insurance, represents all companies writing property insurance in the state.

  • Taste tests in school lunchrooms lets students add produce to menu

    WINNABOW — Who knew offering kids a free dessert at lunchtime could get them to try blueberries?

    FoodCorps service member Casey Auch and Town Creek Elementary School child nutrition manager Nancy Mintz had an idea when they hosted a blueberry cobbler taste test during lunch at the school Feb. 8.

  • Board removes motorcycle Christmas parade ban


  • Benton reflects on career past, talks future at CDS

    LELAND — It was Laurie Benton’s influential teachers, starting in elementary school and lasting through high school, who pushed her to become educated at a collegiate level on how to do just that — educate.

    “One teacher was in fourth grade. Her name was Karen Belk. She was fourth grade but we’re still friends, I’m friends with her on Facebook and (I’ve) met up with her in Charlotte,” Benton said.

  • Former teacher assistant accused of sex crimes against children

    A former teacher assistant is accused of committing sex crimes against children.

    Andrew Timothy Hodge, 32, of Mount Misery Road in Leland was arrested Feb. 12 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

    He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.