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Today's News

  • A new look for the Chinese fringe flower

    There is no plant success story quite like the one for loropetalumor (Chinese fringe flower).

    The traditional plant with green leaves and creamy white flowers languished in relative obscurity for several hundred years.

    Interest in the plant exploded in the 1980s with the introduction of selections with burgundy foliage and hot pink flowers. Now, only 20 years later, pink loropetalums are as common as Dale Earnhardt Jr. T-shirts at Talledaga.

  • Two arrested, charged with Realtor's shooting death

    Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the murder of 34-year-old Shallotte Realtor Adam Grant Bradshaw.

    Last Thursday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Juan Bryant, 46, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, both of 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, for their alleged roles in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Bryant has been charged with murder. Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy, according to chief deputy John Ingram.

  • Grappling with the cost of gas

    George Wendel filled his tank in the nick of time Monday morning, just before the price of gas went up another 11 cents.

    As the Carolina Shores resident pumped gas into his older model Cutlass Ciera at a Kangaroo convenience store in Little River, S.C., a store employee climbed the store’s humongous red and yellow sign on U.S. 17 to post the latest fuel hikes.

    Wendel paid $3.589 per gallon for regular gas at the store just across the state line from Brunswick County. When the employee descended back down to the ground, the price for regular had risen to $3.699.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning requests

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board approved two rezoning requests at their regular meeting Monday evening.

    A request to rezone 13.86 acres on Stone Chimney Road in Supply to low-density residential from its split-zoning designation of low-density residential and rural residential. Board members also approved the associated land-use plan amendment.

    Board members also approved a request to rezone 161.93 acres on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia to rural residential from low-density residential, and the associated land-use plan amendment.

  • Davis picked as challenger for commissioner's seat

    Democrat Marion Davis will join Republican county commissioner Marty Cooke on November’s ballot to vie for the remaining two years of David Sandifer’s unexpired term.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee nominated Davis on Saturday to be the Democratic candidate for District 2 county commissioner.

    After longtime commissioner and board chairman Sandifer’s death April 4, executive committee members of both parties had 30 days to nominate a candidate to run for the remaining two years of Sandifer’s term.

  • Real estate sales may be on an upswing

    Is the real estate market in Brunswick County on the upswing?

    Local agents and brokers say it’s not where they want it to be, and it probably won’t return to the 2005 peak, but it’s improving. The numbers back them up.

    Most in the business believe the market is returning to a “stable” level, with home values increasing steadily rather than at the rapid rates of several years ago.

  • Bike Week events rev up; Brunswick feels effects

    County residents see them riding up and down U.S. 17 every year at this time—leather-clad bikers heading for Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

    So does the rally have any other effect on Brunswick County? Absolutely, say local bikers and businesspeople.

    Wayne Mooney, president of the Brunswick County Concerned Bikers Association said this week all 120 chapter members make their way to the center of the Bike Week action at some point during the week.

    Mooney says the best part of the event is the camaraderie, “riding with other bikers, seeing the other bikes.”

  • ATMC to transition from analog to digital broadcast

    In less than four months, Brunswick County will transition from analog to digital broadcast TV service. Residents with ATMC Cable will not be affected by this transition.

  • Dosher makes donation to medical clinics

    Dosher Hospital, in partnership with community physicians, presented the New Hope Clinic and Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic each with checks for $4,605 to assist with patient care for the uninsured. The donated funds were raised by local doctors and matched by Dosher Hospital.

  • Business briefs

    Adams named mortgage broker

    Juli Ann Adams has been named mortgage loan officer at BB&T’s financial center at 8905 E. Oak Island Drive, according to a news release. The Brunswick County native has more than nine years of experience in mortgage consulting and construction lending.

    Coastal Printing celebrates 20 years

    Coastal Printing & Graphics of Shallotte, a family-owned and operated commercial printing company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary, according to a news release.