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Today's News

  • Shallotte woman meets relatives after 70+ years

    SHALLOTTE — In the early 1800s, nine black brothers left England for the United States as free businessmen.

    Upon arriving in the United States, the Nowlin brothers fanned out throughout the United States in places like North Carolina, Virginia and as far away as Texas to make a name for themselves.

  • Community input sought for Lincoln Elementary addition

    Design work for Brunswick County Schools bond projects is under way and meetings to gather public input on the first round of construction are being scheduled.

  • Municipal election filings continue until noon Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees continues through noon Friday, July 21, after opening at noon July 7.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

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    Mayor Andy Sayre filed July 7 to run for re-election.

  • Calabash hops to adopt ‘brunch bill’ for Sunday morning alcohol sales

    The Seafood Capital last week became the first municipality in southwestern Brunswick County to approve the “brunch bill,” a measure that will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

    Calabash commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance at their July 11 meeting. The measure is tied to state Senate Bill 155, which was approved in Raleigh in late June and gives local governments the option to decide whether to allow their restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • Bolivia man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Bolivia man.

    John Michael Dreelin, 68, was last seen July 1 in the 1600 block of Midway Road. He is described as a white man with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair who may suffer from dementia. He may be driving a silver 2005 Ford Escape SUV with the North Carolina license plate DEL6353.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brandon Fuller 398-5335 or 911.

  • Charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire chief dropped

    Misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig were dropped July 10 in New Hanover County District Court after he paid restitution to the Wilmington man who filed the charges.

    “It speaks for itself,” Herzig said of the case. “You can take out a warrant on anybody in North Carolina. It’s unfortunate.”

    Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington who filed the self-initiated warrant Feb. 28, was not satisfied with the outcome.

  • OIB accepts land donation to add to beach

    Ocean Isle Beach officials accepted a donation of almost 19 acres of beachfront property following a closed session discussion at the July 10 town meeting.

    The five donated parcels stretch 2.4 miles along the coast but are only about 30 yards wide.

    They sit between oceanfront lots and the beach strand and are mostly plant-covered sand dunes with numerous wooden decks and beach access walkways built overtop.

  • State trooper involved in OIB wreck

    A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a two-vehicle collision Monday night in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Trooper R.M. McDermott was driving north on N.C. 179 and turned on his emergency lights to stop a vehicle for an infraction in front of Robertos Ristorante, Sgt. P.M. Sanders said. Two vehicles were in the center lane attempting to turn left into the restaurant.

    The driver of the second vehicle, a Jeep, decided to turn without being able to see any vehicles traveling north and was hit in the right rear by McDermott’s 2014 Dodge Charger.

  • Southport police seek missing woman

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a woman missing since July 3.

    Kayla Alley Griffin was last seen leaving Dosher Memorial Hospital at 924 N. Howe St. She was under observation for “suicidal issues,” according to a police department Facebook post.

    Griffin is described as a 22-year-old white woman with blondish brown hair and green eyes and a pierced lip.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Kevin Long at 457-7911.