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Today's News

  • Silver Coast seeks teams for BBQ cook-off

    Silver Coast Winery is seeking teams for Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s upcoming “BBQ on BBQ Road” barbecue cook-off competition scheduled for May 12 and 13 at the winery on Barbeque Road.

    The event will kick off with Friday night set-up and a judged wing competition from 6 to 8 p.m. The fire department will also be selling wings.

  • Fire fatality attributed to smoking at Southport assisted living facility

    An elderly resident of Carillon Assisted Living of Southport died from injuries she received from a smoking-related fire that broke out at the facility the morning of March 4.

    Joan Dolores Vannoordt, 79, was critically injured and later died from injuries caused by the fire attributed to an oxygen tank that ignited and exploded at the facility at 1125 E. Leonard Road.

  • Club Profile: Mighty Calabash Lions Club reigns over community service

    When it comes to community involvement, there are many mighty Lions up for the challenge in the Seafood Capital.

    The Calabash Lions Club (No. 78497) has been an active participant in the community for years, involving itself in an array of events and fundraisers annually that are both fun and beneficial to charitable causes.

  • ‘From Boys to Men’ mentoring program launches at West Brunswick High School

    SHALLOTTE — Their ages range “from boys to men,” inspiring the title of a new mentoring program that launched last week at West Brunswick High School.

    For the program’s March 8 kickoff, they converged in the school media center to share sandwiches and biographies about their lives.

  • Gause announces retirement as Shallotte police chief

    SHALLOTTE — Police Chief Rodney Gause announced his plans to retire this year at the March meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen. Gause, who has been chief since 1988 said he would retire effective July 1.

    Gause began his law enforcement career in Shallotte in 1981. On June 2, 1982, he began working full time. He was 28 when he became chief, the youngest police chief in North Carolina.

    “June 2 equals 35 years for me,” he said. “I’ve got four grandkids. I want to spend more time with them.”

  • County board to hear rezoning request for assisted living facility

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will have to decide if zoning will be approved to allow an assisted living facility to be built along U.S. 17.

    Despite two meetings’ worth of discussion, the county planning board could not support the developer’s plan to build across from a neighborhood on Old Shallotte Road NW.

    Representatives from Brunswick Community and Assisted Living came before the planning board at the Feb. 13 and March 13 meetings, seeking rezoning of a parcel at 5220 Ocean Highway W. (U.S. 17).

  • OIB terminal groin approved, town plans to build in November

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach cleared the last hurdle to building a terminal groin on the east end of the island when officials received their Army Corps of Engineers record of decision permitting the project Feb. 28.

    Now town officials are prepping to be ready to begin building by November.

    At the March 14 town meeting, board members unanimously approved a pre-construction services contract with Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to develop the final design, construction plans and contract bids for the terminal groin.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed tougher penalties for felony death by boating, we made changes to the selection of judges, we met with a coastal advocacy group and we continued to work on local bills.

  • You decide: What is your local economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina has a lot of local governments. To be exact, there are 100 counties and 552 municipalities in the state. North Carolina is one of only seven states with triple digits in the number of counties, with Texas taking the prize at 254. We’re 18th among states in the number of municipalities, but far below the record holder of Illinois with 2,729.

  • Be smart about alligator encounters in and around our county

    It is normal to see alligators in coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida, but rarely are they orange. Brunswick County has boasted two of them in the past two months, making national news along with one sighted in Hanahan, S.C., in early February. Aside from these unusual specimens, the largest reptile in North America remains relatively unchanged since prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.