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Today's News

  • Fees draw fire at Calabash meeting

    CALABASH—It took a tiebreaker vote for a Calabash Fire Department committee to approve maximum fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons and Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby voted against the fees, outlining before the vote their objections to an increase the department hasn’t seen for the last six years, except for population growth increments.

    Prior to the vote, Calabash Fire Chief Karl Bennett outlined departmental needs and expenses for which finances have not kept pace, he said.

  • Carolina Shores approves $27,000 for fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—Following lengthy, at times heated, debate, a majority of Carolina Shores commissioners on Tuesday approved contributing $27,000 to the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year.

    The board rejected an amendment by commissioner Joseph Przywara, who voted against the contribution, to delete the $27,000 earmarked for the fire department in the 2008-2009 budget.

    Przywara said he felt the contribution imposed an extra fire fee, since the fire fee committee last week approved maximum county fire fees for the department.

  • Tourism officials seek creative ways to keep visitors coming back to Brunswick County's beaches

    Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • In iffy economy, tourism groups target visitors looking for nearby trips

    With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts raise $3,000 for kids

    Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.

  • Gore receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor the service of the man Brunswick Community College president Stephen Greiner called “a true Brunswick County hero.”

    Dr. Joseph A. Gore was honored Tuesday afternoon with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in North Carolina by the governor. Gore was unable to be present at the ceremony due to medical reasons.

  • New county detention center completed, slated to open soon

    BOLIVIA—The newest extended stay facility in Brunswick County is ready to open.

    But it’s no hotel.

    The second phase of the Brunswick County Detention Center has been completed and is ready to house inmates.

    Capt. Kevin Holden, Brunswick County Detention Center chief jailer, said the 244-bed expansion project came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

    With additional beds, the two phases of the detention center can house 440 inmates, he said.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Geary Lynn Hill, 27, of 7400 Ocean Highway, Sunset Beach; charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, driving while impaired, exceeding posted speed, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.

  • HOLDEN BEACH POLICE REPORT

    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Christopher Michael Long, 33, of 1051 Stone Chimney Road, Supply; charged with driving while impaired, no insurance and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole three skimboards.

    •Burglary on Brunswick Avenue West; suspect damaged victim’s door casing.