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Today's News

  • TDA approves $60K for additional Internet ads

    Members of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority have approved allocating $60,000 for additional Internet marketing before the peak tourist season begins.

    According to TDA Executive Director Mitzi York, accommodations are down slightly over last year, and any additional advertising will only help the numbers.

    The Internet marketing will include “e-mail blasts” to possible visitors and ad placement on Web sites including 24-7vacations.com and weather.com, where the TDA can advertise during good weather, York said.

  • Residents question annexation into Calabash

    CALABASH—Several residents along Beach Drive expressed concern Tuesday about the town’s plans to annex their residential area.

    In March, town commissioners approved a resolution of intent to annex the mostly residential, 174.4-acre area, which includes Landing II, Oak Ridge, and portions of Shady Forest, Bonaparte’s Retreat and Somersett subdivision.

  • Sewing group warms children with quilts and bears

    CALABASH—They gather several times a month just to keep things in stitches, both through sewing and lighthearted fellowship.

    For the past decade, the “salty seamstresses” of Saltaire Village have donated time and talent making hundreds of hand-sewn teddy bears and infant quilts to comfort children and babies in hospital and shelters.

    Since the mid 1990s, they say they’ve made more than 5,000 bears and quilts.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z approves new adjustments role

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board on Monday approved serving a new dual role as the board of adjustments when the need arises.

    At recent, previous meetings, board members debated the issue after town commissioners asked them to consider taking over board of adjustment duties from commissioners.

    Board member Kathryn Powell, who made a motion for approval, said at an April 16 workshop she did not see a conflict because the two boards have different roles.

  • Town was not 'sneaky,' mayor claims

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby says the town has not tried to hide discussions and meetings about doing away with its two voting districts.

    Last week, Village at Calabash resident and former mayoral candidate Walter Goodenough claimed the town was “sneaky” and failed to notify residents about meetings on the issue.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. next Monday, May 5, when residents will have a chance to speak about the matter before commissioners take it to a vote.

  • West Brunswick graduate among those aiding in Coast Guard rescue

    At about 3 a.m. on March 23, Easter morning, the Alaska Ranger, a fishing vessel with 47 people on board, started to take on water. As they prepared to evacuate the ship, the U.S. Coast Guard ship stationed in Alaska, was sent to help.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 West Brunswick High School graduate, was a member of the crew who helped rescue 42 people that day.

    Smith, a 19-year-old Longwood native, was involved in JROTC at WBHS for three and a half years and knew he wanted to join the military right after graduation.

  • Crews make progress on Oak Island second bridge; Davis Canal bridge to re-open soon

    It first appeared on the state’s transportation improvement program in December 1986. Now, 22 years later, the second Oak Island Bridge is not just a proposal—it’s a reality.

    The bridge, now under construction, is slated for completion in December 2009. Now the contractors are working on the bridge’s sub-structure.

  • Brunswick County's annual Relay for Life planned for this weekend

    The Brunswick County Relay for Life kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, with the opening ceremonies and survivors’ lap around the track at West Brunswick High School.

    The annual event is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser and is designed to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their lives to the disease. The relay is an all-night event that goes through until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

    Relay teams set up tents around the track and try to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

  • Month-long investigation yields four drug arrests

    Brunswick County drug agents arrested four suspects accused of selling cocaine in the Winnabow area.

    Between April 9 and April 23, drug agents purchased cocaine from Sylvester Durand Ballard, 26, of 17 Bell Swamp Connection, in Winnabow.

    Drug agents stopped Ballard on April 23. He had 6.5 grams of crack cocaine on him. After searching his residence, drug agents seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, digital scales, eight marijuana seedlings growing in the residence and $1,355.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on N.C. 211 in Southport; suspect dented victim’s car.

    •Property damage on Butler Circle in Ash; suspect keyed victim’s car.

    •Larceny of medicine on Robinson Park Trail in Supply; suspect took medicine from victim’s mailbox.