Today's News

  • Liberty Commons nursing facility plans detailed at hearing

    BOLIVIA — Liberty Commons, the nursing facility planned to replace Dosher Nursing Center, could be approved to move forward by November.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section received an application to develop the combination nursing facility/adult care home in July and set a public hearing for Aug. 10 at Brunswick Community College’s Virginia Williamson Event Center.

  • Aquifer storage plan proceeds to install one well

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved installing one Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well to provide underground water storage, although the original plan called for two wells.

    Jerry Pierce, the county’s director of public utilities, recommended the board proceed with the ASR project in one well in the Lower Pee Dee Aquifer. Test results from a second well, in the Black Creek Aquifer, were disappointing, he said.

  • Main Street widening nears completion in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A Main Street shoulder paving and widening project is nearing completion.

    The milling and resurfacing project launched in April at the west end of the island and extended to Canal Drive on the east end, according to information provided by the town.

    Finishing touches of the project partnered by the town with the North Carolina Department of Transportation include installation of “bike-friendly” grates, minor sidewalk repairs and valve replacement, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Challenge filed against Sunset Beach West permit

    The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to a state permit that would enable a developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along Sunset Beach’s west-end oceanfront.

    The SELC filed the challenge Aug. 11 in the state Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  • Calabash gears up for Beach Drive roadwork in November

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to milling and paving work on Beach Drive scheduled to take place the week of Thanksgiving.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance told commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting work is from the South Carolina line up to the Calabash NAPA store.

    Nance said officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation think they can do the work in two weeks, which means it shouldn’t interfere with the Calabash Christmas parade typically scheduled the first Friday night in December.

  • Summer Concerts Band of the Week: EastBound Band snags Calabash season finale

    You might call ‘em country, but they’re also a little bit something else.

    Members of EastBound Band bear influences of the Grand Ole Opry, along with Motown and rock, enough to make even a non-country fan get up to boogie and belt out songs.

    The 2011 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Bluesapalooza winners play the hottest spots in the region, summer or not.

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 10-15

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Marcus Charles Carlson, 29, was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering at Japonica Lane.

    Breaking and entering on Dogwood Drive.

    Aug. 11

    Larceny from a vendor at Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Aug. 12

    Larceny of a beach cabana.

    Aug. 13

    Identity theft and larceny from Longleaf Drive.

    Aug. 14

  • State, federal partnership is good news for Navassa

    By Michael Scott

    Guest Columnist

    A good news story is unfolding in Brunswick County that people should know about.

    I’m talking about the environmental cleanup of the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in Navassa.

    From the 1930s until 1974, Kerr-McGee used creosote to preserve wood products on a 246-acre site in Navassa. Unfortunately, these operations came about before we knew the importance of balancing our economic desires with our needs to protect the environment.

  • What I did on my summer vacation

    The last time I was in my hometown, it was to lay my godfather to rest. I decided I wasn’t going to wait for a sad occasion to go back again.

    It only took me five years to make good on that call.

    I just spent my first real vacation in seven years in my native Cleveland.

    You know how I knew for sure I was overdue for a break? I realized after we’d gone to press last week I’d misspelled the name of Olympic women’s beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor in my column. How embarrassing.