Today's News

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 1

    Larceny of items from Wal-Mart.

    Embezzlement, larceny of $100 from a register by a Burger King employee.

    Larceny of a cell phone worth $350 from Alex’s Wireless store on Holden Beach Road.

    Aug. 2

    Larceny of a package worth $120 taken from the front porch of a Brooks Court residence.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last four weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 25

    Breaking and entering and larceny on Old Fayetteville Road.

    July 26

    Shannon Mulvaney was arrested and charged with driving while license revoked.

    Larceny of medication from a mailbox on Bellmark Court.

  • Leland EDC continues business survey

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee saw the first wave of business surveys arrive soon after they were sent out.

    Now it is encouraging anyone who received it and put it on the backburner not to let it slip behind the oven, as committee chairman David Sink said at the Aug. 11 meeting.

    The LEDC sent out the business survey to 352 businesses in July to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.

  • Liberty Commons nursing facility plans detailed at hearing

    BOLIVIA — Liberty Commons, the nursing facility planned to replace Dosher Nursing Center, could be approved to move forward by November.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section received an application to develop the combination nursing facility/adult care home in July and set a public hearing for Aug. 10 at Brunswick Community College’s Virginia Williamson Event Center.

  • Aquifer storage plan proceeds to install one well

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved installing one Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well to provide underground water storage, although the original plan called for two wells.

    Jerry Pierce, the county’s director of public utilities, recommended the board proceed with the ASR project in one well in the Lower Pee Dee Aquifer. Test results from a second well, in the Black Creek Aquifer, were disappointing, he said.

  • Main Street widening nears completion in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A Main Street shoulder paving and widening project is nearing completion.

    The milling and resurfacing project launched in April at the west end of the island and extended to Canal Drive on the east end, according to information provided by the town.

    Finishing touches of the project partnered by the town with the North Carolina Department of Transportation include installation of “bike-friendly” grates, minor sidewalk repairs and valve replacement, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Challenge filed against Sunset Beach West permit

    The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to a state permit that would enable a developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along Sunset Beach’s west-end oceanfront.

    The SELC filed the challenge Aug. 11 in the state Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  • Calabash gears up for Beach Drive roadwork in November

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to milling and paving work on Beach Drive scheduled to take place the week of Thanksgiving.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance told commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting work is from the South Carolina line up to the Calabash NAPA store.

    Nance said officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation think they can do the work in two weeks, which means it shouldn’t interfere with the Calabash Christmas parade typically scheduled the first Friday night in December.

  • Summer Concerts Band of the Week: EastBound Band snags Calabash season finale

    You might call ‘em country, but they’re also a little bit something else.

    Members of EastBound Band bear influences of the Grand Ole Opry, along with Motown and rock, enough to make even a non-country fan get up to boogie and belt out songs.

    The 2011 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Bluesapalooza winners play the hottest spots in the region, summer or not.

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”