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Today's News

  • Calabash Fire Department May 2016

    During the month of May, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 137 calls: three structure fires, a woods/brush fire, four fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, two gas leaks, two investigations, 12 public assistance calls, an other and 107 EMS first response calls.

  • Sunset Beach hires lobbyist as Senate Bill 875 advances in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to help fight Senate Bill 875, which passed the state Senate on final reading last week and first reading in the House in Raleigh on Monday night.

  • Accidents call attention to watercraft safety

    The unofficial start of summer this year had not even gotten under way Memorial Day weekend when we reported our first seasonal tragedy in Brunswick County this year.

    The deaths of 51-year-old John Wernowsky of Acworth, Ga., and his 10-year-old son, Jake, who were riding a Jet Ski together when they died in Sunset Beach, happened May 27, less than a week before 24-year-old Brian Willis, of Cleveland, Ohio, was injured in a Jet Ski accident in Ocean Isle Beach on June 2.

  • Cyclists’ conundrum cause for cynicism

    A well-intentioned news release issued last week by the state Department of Transportation, which should have brought a smile to my face, instead brought out the grouch in me.

    It began: “A summertime bike ride is a great chance to get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful scenery. As part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to recreation opportunities, the state is working to make sure that cyclists can ride safely this summer.”

  • You decide: How can we boost economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Energy efficiencies

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Consider the energy and manpower wasted in running and repairing aging chillers, boilers, air handlers and lighting systems. Add the energy lost from every leaky window, every outdated control and every high-volume toilet and faucet. The waste is astounding. To compound matters, poor indoor environmental quality is produced by the poor ventilation, over-ventilation and humidity control issues in buildings that produce this waste. Energy waste equates to financial waste.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed two major transportation bills, one I sponsored and one I opposed; we got a glimpse of the Senate’s version of the 2016-17 budget; and we saw two bills involving Sunset Beach pass the Senate.

    On May 30, I was privileged to attend the Memorial Day celebration and observance for our fallen military heroes at the Battleship North Carolina.

  • Developer presents design proposal for Shallotte Riverfront Town Center

     SHALLOTTE — Shallotte’s Riverfront Town Center will be designed as a place for people “to drive to, rather than drive through,” according to its master developer.

    Bob Chapman of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners LLC (TND) presented their vision for the project to a group of almost 50 interested citizens, town officials and staff on May 31.

    It will be based on principles of New Urbanism: walkability, locally suitable architecture and environmental sustainability.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, May 23

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register: