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Today's News

  • Memorial Day remembers those who gave all

    It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of the country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice were once again paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Tuesday, May 30.

    Calabash American Legion Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive will have a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30. The public is invited.

  • Airman rides across country to promote veteran, pet support group

    SHALLOTTE — After falling on difficult times in 2014, Air Force veteran Harold Palmquist of Phoenix found himself seeking a homeless shelter not only for himself, but for his four-legged companion Daisy.

    “I was living in a motel, and they said they can’t accept my dog,” Palmquist said. “They barely had enough beds for humans, so I was just about to hit the street.”

  • Holden Beach commissioners consider staggered terms

    HOLDEN BEACH — Commissioners are considering a referendum that would both lengthen and stagger their terms in office.

    Commissioner H. Ashley Royal pitched the idea at the board’s May 16 meeting.

    Under his proposal, five board members would be elected in 2017, with the three candidates receiving the most votes serving four-year terms and the other two serving two-year terms. Then, Royal said, the 2019 election would put the two-year commissioner positions up for a four-year term, resulting in subsequent staggered four-year terms for each commissioner.

  • ‘Tis the season for beach regulations to rule

    Welcome to the South Brunswick Islands for another season. Please remember to take nothing but photos and selfies and leave nothing behind except footprints in the sand.

    Have fun, but follow the rules, please.

    The upcoming Memorial Day weekend typically launches the season for local beaches, and the South Brunswick Islands are no different.

  • Former Leland Police officer faces assault charge

    An officer fired from the Leland Police Department in 2012 faces an assault charge.

    Warrants show Leland police arrested 41-year-old John Blasingame of Amber Pines Drive on Wednesday, May 17, on a misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim took out the warrant through a magistrate.

  • Supply man faces statutory rape charge

    A Supply man is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.
    Gabriel David Trotter, 34, of King Street SW was arrested Thursday, May 11, and charged with statuary rape where the defendant is six or more years older than the victim and indecent liberties with a child, among other charges.
    Warrants show the crimes were committed between Nov. 1, 2016, and March 30.
    Trotter remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $300,000 bail.
     

  • Sex offender accused of being at Winnabow school

    A registered sex offender is accused of being on the campus of Town Creek Elementary School in Winnabow on May 8.

    Tonya Anne Green, 33, of Green Loop Road was arrested May 9 and charged with being a sex offender on child premises.

    Warrants show Greene knowingly went to the campus, but do not say why.

    North Carolina Department of Correction records show Greene was convicted of two attempted child abuse sexual acts in August 2016 for incidents in 2008 and 2013. She was sentenced to 36 months of probation and required to register as a sex offender.

  • Weather Ready Nation Ambassador Program

    The National Weather Service is sponsoring an initiative, Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, to connect weather people with people in the community to create a greater awareness of weather education and preparedness. It’s free, easy to sign up and participants determine their level of commitment.

  • Summer blood donations needed

    Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

    As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor while supplies last.

  • State health officials advise residents to ‘fight the bite’ during warm weather

    The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months.