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Today's News

  • West Brunswick loses in first round of baseball playoffs

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick lost 4-1 to South Johnston on May 13 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A baseball state playoffs.

    South Johnston junior Joe Johnson struck out eight in the seven-inning game. He gave up six hits — two in the final inning — and walked four.

    Johnson also hit a home run to right field in the third inning, tying the score 1-1. The home run was his eighth of the year.

  • Revenue neutral tax hike on Holden Beach likely

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town Manager David Hewett intimated Holden Beach taxes will go up half a percent in the budget he will propose to commissioners June 1.

    At the end of their regular meeting Tuesday, May 12, in town hall, resident Lou Cutajar asked if town taxes are going to increase by half a percent.

    “Tax values (of property) on the island are down 3 percent,” Hewett said. “To get the same revenue, you’ve got to charge 13.2. It was 12.7.”

  • Detectives investigate missing Leland woman’s death as suspicious

    WHITEVILLE — Detectives with two sheriff’s offices are investigating the death of a Leland woman, whose body was discovered Wednesday, May 13, in rural Columbus County, as suspicious.

    Alicia Marie Deans, 26, who had been missing since April 28, was found dead in a wooded area off John Coleman Road. Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher announced the sad news Thursday afternoon, May 14, at the Columbus County Board of Commissioners Chambers in Whiteville.

  • 34th Little River Blue Crab Festival set for May 16-17 south of border

    It’s time once again to get crabby in Little River.

    The 34th annual Blue Crab Festival is set to get under way this weekend on the historic Little River, S.C., waterfront just across the state line.

    Scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food, about 200 arts-and-crafts vendors, business booths and community groups lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

  • Fourth hospital Flip Flop Ball is May 15 @ Brick Landing Plantation

    Flip-flops are totally acceptable and so is dancing.

    Those are just two of the highlights at the fourth annual Flip Flop Ball to benefit Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center this coming Friday, May 15.

    The ball launches with cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Brick Landing Plantation clubhouse, 1882 Goose Creek Road in Ocean Isle Beach, following by a casual, fun evening of dinner and dancing starting at 7 p.m.

    Shirts are required, flip-flops are optional, but a beach attitude is a must, organizers say.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 25-May 3 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    April 25

    Jaquelyn Rae Covell, 18, of 260 Maple Road, Maple, was charged with simple assault.

    May 2

    Breaking and entering, larceny of two iPads reported on Great Egret Circle.

    Injury to real property reported on Avian Drive.

    May 3

    Assault on a female reported on Seaside Road.

  • Budget, annexation move ahead in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have given preliminary approval to the town’s proposed 2015-16 budget and final approval on annexation and economic-incentive measures.

    Action on these items came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 7.

    The town’s $1,410,600 balanced budget for fiscal 2015-16 does not raise taxes or fees and in fact represents a 3 percent tax cut because of the drop in assessed values countywide, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall noted in his monthly report.

  • Jaguar's Lair mediation at impasse

    Mediation between the town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair has hit an impasse following a meeting last week.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker issued a news release following the May 6 pre-litigation mediation session between members of the town’s mediation team and representatives of Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Companies.

  • A few comments as Sunset Beach unveils budget

    SUNSET BEACH — A handful of residents had comments as town staff outlined details of a recommended $5,833,278 budget for fiscal 2015-16 calling for a 5½ cent tax rate increase.

    Sunset Beach Finance Director Bonnie Schwerd presented an overview at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

    The rate increase, if approved, will go up from 11½ cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Allen has two hits, two RBIs on ECU Senior Night

    Hunter Allen and Reid Love drove in three of East Carolina’s seven runs on Senior Night, May 12, lifting the Pirates to a 7-0 win against Elon in seven innings at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. The game was called early because of inclement weather in the area.

    With the victory, the Pirates improve to 33-20. The Phoenix drop to 24-27. The victory pushed ECU’s home record to 24-12.

    Allen, a co-captain, led the Pirates’ seven-hit attack, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. He has 15th multi-hit games this season.