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Today's News

  • Beware of Portuguese man-of-wars

    Rick Fox and his wife, Elaine, who moved to Holden Beach in February, were walking along the shoreline when they spotted this Portuguese man-of-war in the surf at low tide about 4 p.m. Monday. “My wife had never seen one before and thought it was a toy. I told her not to touch it because I had seen them in the Caribbean and knew their sting was dangerous,” Rick said. “I was not aware they would come this far north. Everyone needs to know to stay away from them.”

  • Damage undermines dredge work in Lockwood Folly Inlet

    HOLDEN BEACH — Dredging under way in the Lockwood Folly Inlet will have to be cut short this week because of needed repairs on the decades-old boat doing the work.

    Last Wednesday, July 19, the side-cast dredge Merritt and its crew arrived at the inlet to try to open a pilot channel to the ocean but were sidelined when the vessel got stuck in a shoal.

  • Ash native Will Gore named Coast Guard Service Member of the Year

    He grew up in Ash, graduated from West Brunswick High School in 2000, joined the National Guard in 2007 and has now been bestowed a national honor.

    On July 12, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class and Brunswick County native William Gore, 35, received Military Times’ Coast Guardsman of the Year honors and recognition in Washington, D.C.

    Gore was also welcomed by 7th District Congressman David Rouzer while he was in Washington for the Service Members of the Year awards ceremony.

  • Fire crews quell Calabash house fire

    Area firefighters brought under control a house fire reported at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at 1385 McMurray Lane.

    Arriving firefighters found flames shooting from the roof of a doublewide mobile home. All residents of the house were already safely outside.

    Calabash firefighters with the assistance of Sunset Beach and Grissettown/Longwood fire departments were able to bring the blaze under control in about 15 minutes and limit damage to just one side of the residence, Calabash Fire Department spokeswoman Honey Chiocco said.

  • Investigators review Oak Island fatal shooting

    Oak Island police are working with the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in a fatal weekend shooting.

    Police Chief Greg Jordan said 36-year-old Michael Christopher Auvil was shot and died during a fight in the area of Keziah Street and Ocean Drive at 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

    All involved in the shooting, which was an isolated incident, have been identified and there is no danger to the public, Jordan said.

  • CSH Law to hold estate planning forums

    Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) will offer free forums about trust, estate and long-term care planning featuring Andy Olsen, a National Elder Law Foundation Certified Elder Law Attorney and chair of the Elder Law Practice Group at CSH Law.

    Sessions will be offered Wednesday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brunswick Community College, Room 127, 9400 U.S. 17 West in Carolina Shores and Monday, July 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Leland Library, 487 Village Road in Leland.

  • Pedestrian hospitalized after being hit by car in Holden Beach

    A vacationer is in stable condition at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after she was hit by a car while waking in Holden Beach about 8:45 a.m. Monday.

    Anne McClain of Powhatan, Va., was at N.C. 130 and Ocean Boulevard West when 80-year-old James Dullaghan of Holden Beach, who was driving a Nissan Altima east on Ocean Boulevard West, turned left onto N.C. 130, crossed the center line and hit her, Holden Beach police said.

    Dullaghan is charged with driving left of center and failure to yield right of way, police said in a news release.

  • BCAR releases real estate statistics for first half of 2017

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market showed strong, steady growth in the first half of 2017, as well as during June, with sales volume continuing to increase steadily, according to data released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    “Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued its trend of strong, healthy growth through June,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release. “All signs indicate that we can expect the steady growth we’ve experienced in the first half of 2017 to continue.”

  • Supply man accused of killing bicyclist jailed on higher bail

    A Supply man charged in a crash July19 that killed a bicyclist was jailed again Friday after his bail was raised to $250,000.

    Ricky Colin Pruett, 42, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired in the death of 17-year-old David Fetner of Wilmington.

    Fetner was in the 2000 block of Civietown Road when the crash happened at 12:10 p.m., Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Capt. David Robinson said.

  • FOP fundraiser under way in two counties

    The Brunswick County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 53 is conducting a fundraiser through Aug. 25.

    Fundraisers will be calling businesses in Brunswick County and Columbus County.

    Monies will be used for its annual Christmas Cops and Kids program, formerly Shop with a Cop.