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Today's News

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • Remain vigilant for scams targeting military

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    American service members are on guard to protect our country, and we’re grateful for their service. Sadly, they also need to stay alert to avoid scams and bad deals that target military consumers.

    For example, military personnel were tricked into buying computers, gaming systems and other electronics at prices that were two to three times higher than what the items were actually worth.

  • As luck would have it

    My parents and I don’t always have specific plans when they come to see me here in Brunswick County, but none of their visits are complete unless I can see them off from Bagel Dock in Calabash the morning they plan to head home. My parents are bagel connoisseurs, and they swear the ones served by Carmine and Margaret Barbaro and their crew are among the best they’ve ever tasted.

  • HB commissioners hold discussion, public hearing on budget

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners discussed and presented their proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 during their June 21 meeting.

  • Former Sheriff John Carr dies at 88

    John Carr Davis, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff from 1983 through 1994, died on his birthday Monday, June 27. He was 88.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, Sheriff John Ingram, Chief Deputy Charlie Miller and many others began their law enforcement careers under Davis’ leadership.

  • Have a safe Fourth of July

    AAA predicts 2016 will be a record-setting year for Independence Day travel, with more than 1.8 million Carolinians people projected to take to our roads, waters and skies. AAA defines the holiday travel period as Thursday, June 30, to Monday, July 4.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: For Anton

    A half-human, half-Vulcan. A captain with a smirk and blue eyes that seem almost photoshopped. A cranky doctor. A talented pilot. An expert in linguistics. And a curly-haired Russian whiz kid. 

    These are the members of the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise, their stories depicted on television and movie screens for the past 50 years.

    In April 2009 I couldn't tell you anything about these characters.

    In May 2009 I essentially adopted them as my extended family members and could tell you everything about them. And I still can.

  • Legislature abolishes Brunswick County Coroner’s Office

    The General Assembly has abolished the Brunswick County Coroner’s Office.

    Members of the House voted late Tuesday afternoon, June 28, to pass Senate Bill 215, which state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport filed March 10, 2015. The Senate passed the bill Sept. 17.

    Legislative librarian Jane Basnight said because this is a local bill, it does not have to go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.

  • Iler seeks to delete Palm Cove from de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has requested removal of Palm Cove from legislation authorizing de-annexation in Sunset Beach.

    As Senate Bill 875 continues to stall in the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations in Raleigh, Iler has requested removal of the east end island development in accordance with an agreement approved last week by town council to let Palm Cove have swimming pools, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s town board meeting.

  • Band of the Week: The Entertainers bring beach music tradition to the beach

    Beach music has long been a tradition in the South, and The Entertainers, who perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Ocean Isle Beach, are proud to have shared in that tradition for more than 30 years.

    The Charlotte-based band, launched in 1980, scored its first regional smash hit with “Living for the Summer” that same  year.