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Today's News

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • ‘Tribute to Alton & E.B. Milliken’ honors Shallotte Electric founders

    They’re lifelong Shallotte residents credited with founding a mainstay Main Street business.

    This Saturday, May 27, “A Tribute to Alton & E.B. Milliken” will unfold starting at 4 p.m. in Mulberry Park to honor the Shallotte couple and their contributions to their native town.

  • Calabash FD auxiliary sells reflective signs to aid responders

    CALABASH — Honey Chiocco keyed in a home address on her cell phone global positioning system before steering a Calabash Fire Department emergency truck into residential territory.

    Minutes later, she was trying to discern the exact location of the Carolina Shores house along a street lined with mailboxes and confusing, often non-existent house numbers.

    Chiocco, public information officer for the department, wanted to demonstrate how confounding it can often be for responders trying to find an address in an emergency situation. And it happens far too often.

  • County budget proposes no tax or rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $233.4 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a third year.

    The total general government debt service budget would be $13,818,449. The total principal payments on general fund debt are $11,210,001 with interest and service fee payments equaling approximately $2.6 million.

  • H2GO receives state agency permit for reverse osmosis plant

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO met another requirement to build its reverse osmosis (RO) water plant.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit May 8 to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River from the plant.

    The DEQ hosted a NPDES permit hearing for public comments at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 12, which was attended by about 100 people, with 21 speaking for and against the project.

  • 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.
     

  • Real estate market continues to heat up

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate demonstrated continued strength through April, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    “Brunswick County’s real estate market continues to trend in all the right directions,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release. “The number of units sold, average sales price and total sales volume all rose while new listings are down.