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Today's News

  • N.C. Court of Appeals dismisses coastal insurance rate appeal

    Judges with the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments on Dare County et al. v. the North Carolina Rate Bureau and North Carolina Department of Insurance case last week.

  • Sign of distress or disrespect? Oak Island man flies flag upside down to send a message

    Charlie Perry, owner of American Fish Co. in Oak Island, is fed up with where this country is headed.

    He’s frustrated with government bailouts and what he calls “squandering” of tax dollars. He’s so frustrated, about three weeks ago he began flying his flag upside down—what has traditionally been referred to as the national sign of distress.

  • County commissioners District 1: Norris seeks third term; challenged by political newcomer

    County commissioner Phil Norris is seeking the GOP nomination to run for his third term as county commissioner. Norris, of Ash, is being challenged by Corrine McCray, of Calabash, a political newcomer.

    “My main motivation is out of concern for the way things are—the economy. I just feel like we need some experience in office. It’s probably the most difficult times in the county, or anywhere else, as far as the economy is concerned,” Norris said.

    Norris said his background and experience make him the best candidate for county commissioner.

  • Sullivan challenges Cooke for District 2 seat

    Soil and Water Conservation Board member Randy Sullivan is challenging incumbent Marty Cooke for the GOP nomination to run for county commissioner for District 2.

    Cooke, who is seeking his second partial term and first full four-year term as county commissioner, said he is running for re-election because, “I have really fallen in love with Brunswick County.”

    “I feel like it is the greatest county in the world. I enjoy serving the people,” Cooke said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering to a coin machine at Marathon Gas Station on Causeway Drive; the lock was cutoff of an air machine.

    •Taylor Ian MacDonald, 19, of Pinehurst; charged with underage possession of alcohol on Concord Street.

    •Charles Edward Lineberger, 18, of Pinehurst; charged with underage possession of alcohol on Concord Street.

  • Swedish man temporarily relocated in Brunswick County following Icelandic volcano eruption

    A Swedish man has been temporarily relocated in Brunswick County after being unable to travel home following the Icelandic volcano eruption earlier this month.

    Lars Backman flew into the United States on April 12 for business in Boston, Tampa and Charlotte. He was scheduled to fly back to Sweden on April 20.

    With the majority of European airports, including his final destination Stockholm, closed and planes grounded due to ash from the eruption, Backman was skeptical he would make it home.

  • Brunswick Catch still angling for local seafood promotions

    Brunswick Catch’s first membership meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Inlet View Bar & Grill in Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick Catch, now consisting of more than 50 members, is a freshly launched group of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and restaurant owners. It formed with the assistance of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Brunswick County commissioners, North Carolina Sea Grant and Carteret Catch.

  • Students learn skills to face bullies at school

    According to the students of Shallotte Middle School, 85 percent feel safe during school hours, 10 percent do not and 5 percent did not respond to a safe school survey issued by principal Paul Price.

    “That was real positive to hear,” Holly Borden, SMS teacher, said of the high percentage of students who feel safe at school.

    But when it came to bullying, numbers were not as positive. Thirty-nine percent of students admitted to being bullied at school.

  • Rising football star encourages Bolivia students to follow their dreams

    Scott Long, a NFL hopeful and former wide receiver for the University of Louisville, says it doesn’t matter what you do, make sure you enjoy doing it.

    Long, who graduated from South Brunswick High School, visited with students at Bolivia Elementary School recently and encouraged students to set goals at an early age to achieve success.

    “I was able to take a childhood dream and turn it into something bigger,” he told students.

  • Relay for Life begins tonight at West Brunswick High School

    “Celebrating more birthdays” is the theme of this year’s Brunswick County Relay for Life at West Brunswick High School. It is set to begin tonight with events for local cancer survivors and those who support them.

    A reception for survivors and their caregivers and loved ones is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the school, followed by a group photo on the football bleachers. Each survivor will receive a copy of the photo with a thank-you note.