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Today's News

  • Fix A Friend marks 4,000th surgery with Aug. 29 party

    Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow recently performed its 4,000th spay/neuter surgery in less than a year.

    It is celebrating this huge milestone at a one-year anniversary party, “Grab and Growl,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the clinic at 6033 Ocean Highway West in Winnabow.

    Thanks to Fix A Friend, which opened Aug. 26, 2013, it’s estimated at least a million fewer unwanted kittens will be born in southeastern North Carolina. And that’s the estimated result from just six weeks of surgeries.

  • Oak Island man shares stories of serving three presidents on Air Force One

    If you have ever been curious about what happens after the news clip shows the president boarding Air Force One, Steve Lominac is a man you want to talk to.

    Lominac, who now lives in Oak Island, spent much of his career in the Air Force as a flight attendant on Air Force One, serving Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    He grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from 1954 until the family left in 1971.

    “I tell people it was a great place to grow up but not a good place to visit,” Lominac said.

  • Woman charged in 2013 death of infant son on Oak Island

     A Mecklenburg County woman is charged in the December 2013 death of her 8-month-old son on Oak Island, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte, Monday, Aug. 18, and charged her with involuntary manslaughter, Bollinger said.

    Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger could not be reached by press time.

    Bollinger said he could not comment further on the case.

  • Sunset Beach park work stopped

    Work at Sunset Beach Town Park has been halted because of a compliance issue.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker alerted town council last week that work in the new park had been stopped until the issue is resolved.

    A certified letter dated Aug. 8 to Parker from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources stated an inspection Aug. 6 determined a violation occurred because no erosion and sedimentation-control plan had been filed for work exceeding one acre at the park.

  • County revaluation public comment meeting set for Aug. 29

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials are preparing for the 2015 property revaluation and will hear public comments on the tax value schedule at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

    Brunswick County conducts a revaluation and adopts a new schedule of values every four years. North Carolina General Statute 105-317, requires a public hearing to allow comment.

    The Tax Assessor’s office has made a copy of the Schedule of Values available for inspection in the office and available for download on the county website,

  • Carolina Shores relays improved communications

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is in the process of implementing modes of improving communications with residents.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said those efforts are being conducted by way of the town website, www.carolinashoresnc.com.

  • Calabash approves economic development committee

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved establishing a town economic development committee.

    The board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

    The idea originated with Michael Herring, a member of the Calabash Planning and Zoning Board. Town commissioners subsequently directed town administrator Chuck Nance and town clerk Kelley Southward to meet with Herring in July.

    Herring researched local economic development committees and proposed a couple of purpose or mission statements.

  • 11th annual North Brunswick chamber car show at Leland Lowe’s Food Saturday

    The coolest cars and trucks, and the folks who love them, will be in Leland at Lowe’s Food Saturday.

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts their 11th Annual Leland Under The Lights Car Show August 23.

    The show benefiting NBCC’s education and scholarship funds will be held from 3-8 p.m., rain or shine, in the Lowe’s Food parking lot.

    Lowe’s Food at Brunswick Forest is off U.S. 17 North at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing in Leland

  • Tourism impact on county estimated at $470 million in 2013

    The U.S. Travel Association pegs the dollar value of tourism in Brunswick County at nearly a half billion dollars a year.

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced earlier this month domestic visitors to Brunswick County spent $470.58 million in 2013, based on USTA statistics.

    The most recent “Economic Impact of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study was released Aug. 15. The study is prepared annually for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the USTA.

  • Fires destroy two Brunswick County homes

     A pair of fires destroyed two Brunswick County homes within the past week.

    The first fire took place in Supply last Wednesday, Aug. 13, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    An off-duty firefighter drove past a home at 680 Hewett Road near Stone Chimney Road and saw that it was on fire. He called 911, but by the time emergency personnel arrived the fire was “fully involved,” Garner said.

    Garner said no one was home when it happened and the cause of the fire is unknown. The house is considered a total loss.