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Today's News

  • Coleman’s Original Calabash Restaurant closing for good

    CALABASH — Less than three years after a fire followed by a rebuild, landmark Coleman’s Original Calabash Restaurant is closing its doors.

    “Through three generations, and after 77 years of proudly serving our loyal customers on the beautiful banks of the Calabash River, we are heartbroken to announce that our family business is pending sale and that we are letting go of a piece of storied Calabash tradition,” reads a message posted last Saturday, April 15, on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

  • FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force gets first conviction

    A Wilmington man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison April 12 for distributing heroin and fentanyl represents the first conviction for the recently formed FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    District Judge Malcolm J. Howard also sentenced 38-year-old Troy Ahkeen Wilson to five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • Tap, tasting rooms approved as accessory use in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved an amendment to allow tap and tasting rooms as accessory uses in retail establishments.

    Approval at the town board’s April 11 meeting relates to two recent proposals.

    Coastal Craft Beverage Co. has proposed establishing a retail store in vacant, leased space at 10080 Beach Drive, which previously housed a pharmacy, then a drive-thru sandwich shop.

  • Sunset Beach council adopts ‘rules of procedure’ for town ERC

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council approved adopting “rules of procedure” for the town Environmental Resource Committee.

  • Novant lifts visitor restrictions

    As of Tuesday, April 18, at 7 a.m., all Novant Health facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, lifted the visitor restrictions that were put in place Feb. 24.

    During the height of this flu season, Novant Health asked the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all its hospital facilities. As a result of the declining number of flu cases seen over the past few weeks, these restrictions have been lifted, according to a news release.

  • State grant covers county water line repair

    Brunswick County has recovered its costs spent to repair the raw water main damaged by Hurricane Matthew in the fall 2016 through a state grant program.

    An announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office April 4 identified the first seven counties receiving Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, with Brunswick County receiving $1,217,343.

  • Agents arrest nine people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested nine people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Wesley Radford Cain, 27, of Windsor Road in Greenville and William Young, 25, of East Yacht Drive in Southport were arrested April 11 and each charged with felony cocaine possession, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. The latter charges are misdemeanors.

  • Five face cocaine trafficking charges after Leland traffic stop

    Five people face cocaine trafficking charges after a traffic stop April 10 in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Agents with the sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Unit stopped a vehicle about 5 p.m. on Green Hill Road. A canine found about 4 grams of crack cocaine during a search of the vehicle.

    Agents later searched a Roberson County residence where they seized two firearms and $11,000 in cash.

  • Federation launches inaugural Adopt an Oyster program

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation launched a new Adopt an Oyster program this month to support its 2017 oyster restoration projects.

    Participants can adopt oysters for $5 each or $40 for a dozen. They can opt to receive updates about their adopted oyster by text or email.

    Throughout the federation’s restoration season, the donor will receive four updates about the oyster’s experience, from the recycled shell to a young adult beginning to filter water.

  • Gypsy moth treatments planned near Bolivia

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon start treating a gypsy moth infestation on 774 acres near Bolivia in Brunswick County. Treatment is expected to start about April 11, depending on weather conditions and insect development, and continue into early May.

    Two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki (Btk) will be made five to 10 days apart using a low-flying helicopter. Btk is not harmful to humans, plants or animals, except small caterpillars.