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Today's News

  • Second bill takes aim at Beach Plan: Would require surplus retention for group

    RALEIGH—A second pair of bills taking aim at The Beach Plan has been introduced in the state House and Senate.

    Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Brunswick, co-sponsored House Bill 742 to prohibit beach plan surplus distribution, which was introduced in the House March 24. Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, introduced a similar bill in the state Senate.

    Both bills require the Beach Plan, or the N.C. Underwriting Association, to retain any accumulated surplus within the association.

  • One dead, one seriously injured in wreck on N.C. 904

    ASH—A Columbus County woman was killed last week in a wreck that left one man seriously injured.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.C. Albritton, Jennifer Nicole Porter, 20, of Tabor City, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet passenger vehicle north on Ash-Little River Road around 5:25 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

    Porter attempted to turn left onto N.C. 904, failing to yield to an oncoming vehicle, Albritton said.

  • Sheriff’s office, Governor’s Highway Safety Program team up for safety demo

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to bring a series of driving simulators and demonstrations to Brunswick County.

    The event, slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Leland Walmart, will feature the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s 18-wheeler with three driving simulators that feature multiple driving scenarios.

    To stress the importance of wearing seat belts, there will also be a crash simulator, which will put participants through a controlled 5 mph-impact.

  • DSS workers provide support for parents to keep children safe

    BOLIVIA—Child protective services workers at the Brunswick County Department of Social Services want the community to know their goal is not taking children away from their parents.

    In fact, they’re mainly focused on giving parents the resources they need to solve whatever problems are putting their children in harm’s way. Gerri Barnes and Tiffany Irving say they make sure they empathize with the parents and work with them to solve their problems.

  • Distemper spurs Brunswick animal shelter to suspend dog adoptions for two weeks

    Distemper spurs Brunswick animal shelter to suspend dog adoptions for two weeks

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County Animal Services has suspended dog adoptions at the county shelter for the next two weeks after several dogs developed a respiratory illness. Lab results have confirmed it is distemper.

    Canine distemper is caused by a virus, and it is highly contagious among wild and domestic carnivores, Brunswick County environmental health director David Stanley said Tuesday.

  • Sheriff ponders having inmates work at animal shelter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is looking into the possibility of having inmates in the county detention center trustee program work at the county animal shelter.

    Ingram said it might be a good way to give animal control officers a chance to get out on the road more quickly while at the same time offer inmates something constructive to do by cleaning and performing maintenance chores at the shelter. He said it also might be a good cost-saving move for the county.

  • Third Bark at the Beach takes a walk in Holden Beach on April 11

    HOLDEN BEACH—Bring your leash and your dog(s) to the third annual Bark at the Beach fundraiser Saturday, April 11, under the Holden Beach bridge along Brunswick Avenue.

    Registration is at 9:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

    The walk will proceed two to three miles down Brunswick Avenue, then will be followed by other events at Bark at the Beach central set up under the high-rise bridge.

    Watering stations will be provided for dogs, and a “poop patrol” will be on duty to monitor and assist with any doggie business.

  • Calabash Fire Department awarded better ISO ratings

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire District has received lower Insurance Service Office ratings that could mean reduced premiums for commercial and rural properties, fire chief Carl Naecker said this week.

    The district was awarded a rating of 4, an improvement of its previous rating of 5, following a recent inspection by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

  • Cost of future sewer still unknown in Calabash

    CALABASH— “How much is it going to cost?” is still the prevailing question floating around Calabash regarding Brunswick County’s future sewer plan.

    It cropped up again last week at a specially called commissioners workshop to discuss methods of assessment for the proposed project.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons outlined six possible methods of assessment the county could use involving front footage, acreage, a per-lot basis or a combination of any of these.

  • Sunset Beach tenders get a bridge 'stay' until new high-rise is finished

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge won’t be leaving so soon after all.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has changed its mind about laying off the operators this year as part of economic cutbacks.

    Amanda Glynn, NCDOT Division 3 bridge maintenance engineer, said Tuesday the division received a special waiver last month that has enabled the operators to continue working until the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge is finished and opened to island traffic next year.