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Today's News

  • Cape Fear Public Utility Authority files suit against GenX maker

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) filed two lawsuits this week to keep its legal options open as the investigation of the GenX contamination of Brunswick County’s drinking water source continues.

    The CFPUA filed a motion Tuesday, Oct. 17, to intervene in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lawsuit brought against The Chemours Co. on Sept. 5 in Bladen County Superior Court. 5.

    The CFPUA also requested a declaratory judgment to seek the right to receive notice and comment on any settlement of the DEQ action.

  • Grand jury indicts six men in federal drug trafficking case

    Six alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Wilmington have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, powder cocaine and crack cocaine following an investigation in which the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Tuesday.

    Firearm charges are pending against four of the men, all of whom are from Wilmington.  

  • 2017 Run OIB has board worried races are too big for island roads

    Just days after the 2017 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon Oct. 7, organizer David Hutnik of Coastal Race Productions was seeking approval from Ocean Isle Beach officials for the 2018 event.

    But town commissioners chose to have staff take another look at the race routes before approving a permit for 2018.

    “I have mixed feelings. You all know I’m against anything that goes over the bridge. But this brought a lot of people to Ocean Isle Beach. But it may have been too big for our island,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said during the Oct. 10 meeting.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons dies

    Former Calabash Mayor Anthony “Donnie” Clemmons, 78, died unexpectedly at his home Friday morning, Oct. 13.

    Clemmons served the town for more than two decades, on the town planning and zoning board from 1991-1999 and as a town commissioner from 1999-2007, finishing his municipal service with a four-year stint as mayor from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the local water quality board.

  • Canada to Keys ride raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

    CALABASH — About 14 years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Burke committed suicide

    The Navy seaman was the son of Curt Wildemann’s cousin, MaryAnn Burke, the cousin of Curt Wildemann

    Fast forward to February 2016 when Wildemann, of Henderson, Nev., is in Seattle to visit a friend. While he was there, his brother Mike told him MaryAnn and her husband Ray were in Seattle, too, to participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s national Out of the Darkness walks.

  • BCHBA 15th annual Parade of Homes

    The Brunswick County Home Builders Association’s 15th annual Parade of Homes takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22, and Oct. 27-29.

    “This year’s exceptional collection of new homes, beach homes, and remodels are complete with innovative architecture, creative construction concepts and illuminating design ideas,” BCHBA president Jeffrey B. Satterwhite said in a news release. “Everything you deserve in a new home… this year’s parade has it all.”

  • Women’s philanthropy organization recognizes BCC scholarship recipients

    BOLIVIA — When she was 1, Katie Evans lost her mother to breast cancer. She lost a woman she would never truly get to know and her maternal grandmother lost her only daughter, bringing the two together.

    “We became the center of each others’ world,” Evans told the audience at the Women in Philanthropy & Leadership of Brunswick annual membership meeting at the Virginia Williamson Event Center on Oct. 11.

  • Man arrested in Brunswick County faces charges in three states

    A man accused of committing property crimes in three states was arrested Oct. 10 as the result of a joint effort between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department.

    James Douglas Valenti, 40, of Friendfield Terrace, Little River, S.C., is charged with receiving stolen goods/property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property under false pretense, safecracking, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Calabash releases funds for next year’s Summer Concert Series

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved release of $5,000 to the Calabash Merchants Association for next year’s Summer Concert Series.

    Action for the budgeted funding came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    Kathy Cody, concert chairman for the merchants association, said plans call for eight and perhaps nine concerts, which will continue to take place on Tuesdays from June 8 through Aug. 7, 2018, though not on Calabash town meeting nights.

  • Shallotte man faces felony drug, weapon charges in county case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug and weapon charges Oct. 12.

    Eugene Gause, 54, of Beach Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.