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Today's News

  • Brunswick County deputies assist in Wilmington drug arrests

     Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies assisted two other law enforcement agencies in a search that resulted in the arrests of two Wilmington men accused of trafficking drugs.

    The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and Wilmington police, along with Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Daquah Lamar Drakeford and Deandre Lavon Wilder after searching a home on the 1200 block of North Fourth Street on Monday, April 20, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said.

  • Investigators seek couple in jewelry theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a couple believed to have stolen jewelry from a Calabash gift shop Sunday.

    Employees of Callahan’s Nautical Gifts at 7212 Beach Drive said a white man and white woman came in about 4 p.m., stole the items and left in a white, four-door, Ford F-150 pickup with tinted windows. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective April Cherry at 880-4929.

  • County keeps pay-as-you-go for parks, but will review priorities

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed it won’t add more debt to the county budget to finance park projects, but will review the priority list once more before continuing the pay-as-you-go policy in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    County staff reviewed the pay-as-you-go policy — only using money available from the fund balance for capital projects — after Commissioner Randy Thompson asked to consider alternatives during an April 9 budget workshop.

  • Sunset Beach runner finishes Boston Marathon in record time

    A Sunset Beach runner just finished the Boston Marathon in record time.

    Thirty-three-year-old Cari Van Winkle crossed the 119th Boston Marathon finish line at 2:20 p.m. Monday, April 20, completing the renowned 26.26-mile Massachusetts race in three hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds, according to unofficial results posted Monday afternoon.

  • Calabash OKs corral consideration for horses

    CALABASH — Horses could soon become the newest residents of the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners have agreed to consider an ordinance change at their next monthly meeting after a property owner requested it.

    Edward Peterson, speaking during public comment at the April 14 board meeting, outlined his plans to retire to a 20-acre site he owns on Persimmon Road and bring his Arabian horses with him.

    Peterson said he has spent 40 years competing professionally with the strain of Egyptian Arabian horses he breeds and now plans to move to Calabash.

  • Students thrive at Charter Day School’s FASTAR competition

     LELAND — Students at Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School (CDS) in Leland have been preparing for the FASTAR competition since returning to school from winter break in January.

    Their preparation culminated on the school’s Leland campus when students participated in the 11th annual NASCAR-based competition Tuesday, April 21.

    FASTAR is an academic competition for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that revolves around a NASCAR theme.

  • Multifamily housing can continue on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — A citizen-initiated proposal for a text amendment to eliminate multifamily housing in the island’s commercial district won’t be recommended by the town planning board.

    But at its April 16 meeting, the board instructed town planner Rawls Howard to work on tweaking measures to grandfather existing condos in the beach business (BB1) district and come up with provisions to control multifamily development.

  • OIB budgets money for terminal groin permitting

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials at Ocean Isle Beach mulling the possibility of installing a terminal groin on the east end of the island have budgeted money for the groin’s permitting stages.

    During a budget workshop Friday, April 17, town officials once again discussed the terminal groin, which has been hotly debated in Brunswick County as several concerned citizens in Sunset Beach have voiced concerns about the potentially negative impact the it could have on their town’s beach.

  • Apple Inc. joins land conservation near Green Swamp

    A conservation effort led in part by Apple Inc. will conserve several hundred acres in Brunswick County while also providing timber to use for the company’s packaging.

    The Conservation Fund, which works to promote environmental and economic success, announced April 16 in purchased more than 3,600 acres in Brunswick County and more than 30,000 acres in Maine in partnership with Apple.

  • Former Leland officer convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison

     A former Leland police lieutenant was sentenced to 20 years in South Carolina state prison last week after pleading guilty to a pair of attempted murder charges.

    Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced 40-year-old Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply to serve 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections on two counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were levied upon Smith after he led officers on a high-speed chase from Supply to South Carolina in September.