Today's News

  • Organizers say 40,000 people visit two-day Festival by the Sea

    HOLDEN BEACH—Dee Carlisle remembers 30 years ago when what has come to be known as the Festival by the Sea was a small middle-island festival for children to stay off the streets on Halloween.

    From its meager roots, the festival grew and moved to different locations across the island before becoming Festival by the Sea. Last weekend’s festival saw its biggest numbers yet in its 30-year-plus history, Carlisle said.

  • Money is not the only consideration when sharing a police helicopter

    In view of the high priority challenges of crime and international terrorism facing the United States and our Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), there is far more than just money to consider in forming a proactive law enforcement partnership involving a helicopter or marine patrol operation.

  • Parade of Homes winners announced

    Bill Clark Homes took home three Diamond Awards in this year’s Brunswick County Parade of Homes competition.

    The Brunswick County Homebuilders Association had its awards dinner last Thursday at 101 Stone Chimney Place, where Diamond Awards were presented in 10 home price categories.

    Bill Clark Homes won for condos/townhomes between $170,000 and $200,000, single-family homes between $140,000 and $160,000 and single-family homes between $165,000 and $195,000.

  • Hospice announces capital campaign to build care center in Brunswick

    “Closer to Home” is the name of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter’s three-year capital campaign to raise $3.5 million for the construction of a seven-bed inpatient hospice care center for Brunswick County patients and families.

    Campaign manager Cindy Cheatham of Shallotte said this week the name says it all about why a center is needed in Brunswick County.

  • Taxes, town hall, critters among hot topics at Holden Beach election forum

    Keeping the tax rate the same, continuing to add sand to the beach and reducing the “critter population” of deer and rats appeared to be top concerns for voters at the Holden Beach Meet the Candidates Night Sunday night at the new town hall.

    A packed house in the assembly room watched seven candidates—six running for five commissioner seats and the mayor running unopposed—give opening and closing statements and, in between, answer questions from the audience.

  • Calabash approved 20-year vested rights for The Pearl

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a 20-year vested rights agreement for The Pearl development.

    Approval came at a special meeting Oct. 21.

    At an Oct. 1 workshop, owner/developer DeCarol Williamson and his attorney requested the agreement for the future 900-acre residential and resort development at The Pearl Golf Links along Old Georgetown Road.

    They came armed with drawings illustrating Williamson’s vision for the proposed “garden park”-style development they said would take time to build.

  • Carolina shores P&Z board recommends changes in stormwater rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—A paragraph-long rule about homeowner stormwater maintenance is being recommended for replacement by more detailed rules in a recently approved resolution.

    Monday, the town planning and zoning board voted to repeal the old ordinance and replace it with a new policy outlined in a resolution approved Oct. 8 by the town board of commissioners.

    The recommended replacement amendment draws on the resolution addressing the town’s involvement in maintenance of roadside ditches and swales.

  • Municipal elections set for Tuesday in Brunswick County

    Voters in all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County will turn out next Tuesday, Nov. 3, for elections in their respective towns.

    Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Early, one-stop voting continues from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through this Friday, Oct. 30, and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office, Building F at 10 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    Absentee ballots are due at the board of elections office by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. The last day to request an absentee ballot was this past Tuesday, Oct. 27.

  • Tracking H1N1: Brunswick County woman dies of H1N1 complications

    A Brunswick County woman died last week from complications of the H1N1 influenza.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the Brunswick County woman died after doctors delivered her baby at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

    Michael said he did not know the specifics surrounding the woman’s death, because her death was reported to health officials in Durham rather than Brunswick County, but confirmed it was due to complications of H1N1.

  • Home sales increase, affect other parts of the economy

    Brunswick County agents sold 209 homes in September, up from 170 homes last September but down from 213 sold in August, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Realtor Mary Ann Bechtel, who owns her own company in Ocean Isle Beach, said her office has been “extremely busy” since the end of July. She said her customers are mainly people seeking primary residences.

    “People are beginning to sell their homes in other parts of the country. Isn’t that good news?” Bechtel said.