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Today's News

  • Worms and Coffee neon sign auctioned for $1,000 to Oak Island business owner

    An Oak Island business owner hauled in the Worms and Coffee neon prize at a liquidation auction of the Midway Trading Post last Saturday, Aug. 20.

    Rodney Keesee, owner of Strands Outfitters on Oak Island, cast a top bid of $1,000 to win the day’s coveted “Worms and Coffee” neon window sign that helped bring international fame to the small, simple store at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Leland to presents development incentive program Thursday

    Leland officials will present an ambitious incentive program to residents at a public hearing during Thursday’s 6 p.m. town meeting that could advance a development dream five years in the making.

    The town approved the use of FlexCode zoning in 2011 to promote mixed-use development they want to encourage in Leland’s gateway district. downtown from the U.S.17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area.

  • New BFA director resigns after 48 days on the job

    The newly appointed executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance abruptly resigned last week, just a month-and-a-half after officially taking over the reins of the 35-year-old nonprofit community service agency.

    Lou Nistler, who previously led the National Parkinson Foundation and Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C., resigned from BFA last Friday, Aug. 19, BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty confirmed Tuesday.

  • Belville appeals lawsuit arbitration ruling

    BELVILLE — Belville’s lawsuit with developer Urban Smart Growth will go to the Court of Appeals before it reaches Superior Court.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge reported at the Aug. 22 town meeting a motion to enter arbitration was recently denied, but the town will appeal the decision before the lawsuit moves forward.

    “If we win the appeal, we will arbitrate. If we lose, we will litigate,” Eldridge said.

  • New Lincoln Elementary teacher prepares for back-to-school

    LELAND — It’s about to be Elise Cabrisses’ second first day of school.

    Cabrisses, 24, of Wilmington, will begin her first day of teaching language arts and social studies to fifth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School starting Monday, Aug. 29. She said a year of teaching fifth-graders at Dogwood Elementary in Reston, Va., the previous school year ensures she has a pretty good idea of what she’s in for.

  • Federal appeals court ruling changes voting schedule

    Changes imposed on North Carolina’s voting laws by a federal appeals court led the Brunswick County Board of Elections to make changes to the early voting schedule and voting sites.

    North Carolina election law changes made in 2014 added a requirement to the 2016 election that voters must present a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Voters would not have been able to obtain a photo ID on Election Day in order to vote.

  • Georgia man charged in three separate Aug. 19 assaults

     

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Palmetto, Ga., man accused of grabbing a woman’s breast, soliciting prostitution from another woman, and grabbing a third woman’s arms twice in an attempt to kidnap her all in the same day.

    Maynard Walker, 49, of Wild Cherry Court, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with assault on a female, felony second-degree kidnapping, soliciting prostitution and sexual battery, warrants show.

  • Tourism Development Authorities promote growth in Brunswick County

    August isn’t the peak month for tourism in Brunswick County, but it is proving to be a good month for local tourism development authorities.

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority announced Aug. 18 visitor spending increased in the county for the sixth consecutive year to a high of more than $508 million.

    The Leland TDA is doing its part to keep the increases coming, announcing a new promotion kickoff to draw visitors here and get them to stick around.

  • Shallotte Powerball winner to be on Oprah Network's 'Fix My Life'

    Shallotte resident Fontella Marie Holmes, who won $188 million last year in a recording-setting Powerball jackpot, will be featured in an upcoming TV episode with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Holmes, 27, will be included in the upcoming seasonal series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which launches with a four-part premiere Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Seven candidates apply for Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Seven people have applied to serve as Sunset Beach’s next mayor, but one does not meet the residential requirement.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin provided the Beacon with resumes of six applicants submitted by the town’s Aug. 19 deadline.

    The six residents who qualified for consideration to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Ron Watts are Jeffrey Coffey, Peter Oler, Robert Forrester, Anita August, Robert Farrell and John Corbett.