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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department reports

    Ocean Isle Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 13

    Adam J. Trus, 38, of Ocean Highway, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and no operator’s license.

    May 14

    Wilbur Blake Callihan, 24, of N.C. 41, Bladenboro, arrested on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

    Breaking and entering at a Coggeshall Drive residence.

    May 15

  • Leland works to identify economic growth needs

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee will begin preparing a business survey to learn more about the business community and what it needs to grow.

    “We discussed at our first meeting finding out how the town can help businesses, and we came up with the survey,” chairman David Sink said. “We plan to interview small businesses in Leland. This committee is going to get out and gather information to see how the city is perceived by business owners.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department observes 40 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Dec. 12, 1975, a fire destroyed an Ocean Isle Beach cottage owned by Franky Yarborough and sparked an idea when town board member H. Tatum Sparger said the fire showed a desperate need for a volunteer fire department.

    The Ocean Isle Fire Protection Association (OIFPA) Inc. was chartered by the state Jan. 30, 1976.

    Now in its 40th anniversary year, the former all-volunteer fire association has grown in size, expanded services to respond to all types of emergencies and become a full-time department of the town.

  • Brunswick County 2016-17 budget presented to commissioners

    BOLIVIA — County Manager Ann Hardy presented the preliminary 2016-17 budget to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $224.5 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a second year.

    The budget proposed is a little more than $10 million more than the 2015-16 budget of $214.2 million.

  • NCDOT tags Cape Fear Jetport as $215M boon to economy

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation report on the economic impact of the state’s airports estimates the Cape Fear Regional Jetport provides $215 million to the state’s economy.

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport provides a $3.3 million economic impact, according to the same report. Its economic impact increased from $2.1 million in 2012.

    The NCDOT Division of Aviation Economic Impact of Airports report states Cape Fear Regional directly impacts the economy with $129 million in jobs and businesses working from the airport near Oak Island.

  • Coastal Drug celebrates 80 years in downtown Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — Coastal Drug Store, a fixture of Shallotte’s Main Street, celebrates a milestone 80th year in business in 2016, made even more remarkable because the business remains in the Mintz family.

    Theresa Mintz, daughter of founder Fred Mintz Sr., owns the drugstore at 4802 Main St. on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Theresa, who was born in 1951, remembers the store’s first location across Main Street on the bank of the Shallotte River, which is now part of Camp United Methodist Church.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

    Monday, May 2

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • 31st Relay for Life of Brunswick County set for Saturday

    It’s an annual event to rally for a cure, and to wear lots of pink and purple.

    This year, the 31st annual Relay for Life of Brunswick County will be a one-day event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in M.H. Rourk Stadium at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    At last count, 51 Relay for Life teams and 452 participants had committed to raising funds that had already exceeded $115,000.

  • Young receives commission

     Jacob A. Young has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.    

    Young is the son of Anthony and Cindy Young of Oak Island.

    He is a 2011 graduate of Randolph High School in Universal City, Texas. 

  • Novant Flip Flop Ball planned for May 20

    Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s fifth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.