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Today's News

  • West wrestlers aim to give Caraway 300th win

    Grapplers on West Brunswick High School’s varsity wrestling team may have faced an extra bit of pressure during a Tuesday, Jan. 9, conference match against Laney.

    While Laney has one of the best squads in the league, West Brunswick competitors also tried to secure a victory for their longtime head coach Jimmy Caraway, who entered the contest one victory shy of his 300th.

    The match was not completed by press time.

  • 300! Caraway notches milestone victory in dramatic fashion over Laney

    WILMINGTON – West Brunswick junior Javon Bethel took the mat in the 195-pound weight class with his squad leading 36-23.

    There were only three matches left in the meet, so the Trojans needed to just find three more points in one of the next three weight classes to knock off perennial powerhouse Laney in a Mideastern Conference wrestling match Tuesday, Jan. 9.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Dec. 30

    Misdemeanor larceny of a bicycle worth $135 from the front yard of a Brooks Court residence.

    Dec. 31

    Felony larceny by removing the anti-theft device from a $128 drill kit to steal it from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • Swamp park gator video goes viral

    George Howard, general manager of Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, wants you to know the gators featured in the park’s video that went viral are perfectly fine.

    “These are not dead or dying alligators,” he said Tuesday as the videos and images of the park alligators sticking their snouts above the water and ice continued to make the rounds on social media. “This is very normal for them. They’re perfectly healthy.”

  • Club Profile: Brunswick Town Daughters of the American Revolution

    Officers: Regent Carol Jutte, Vice Regent Pat Gooding, chaplain Kathy Miller, recording/corresponding secretary Lynn Deen, treasurer Annetta Clark,

    registrar Cindy Sellers, historian Phyllis Wilson, librarian Diane Price.

    Meetings: Brunswick Town Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meet at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway W., Supply.

    Contact: Email Carol Jutte at ctidewater@hotmail.com or go to ncdar.org/Brunswicktown_files/index.html

  • Snow and ice cause closings across county

    Last week’s snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures prompted postponements and closings across Brunswick County.

    Unofficial data from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington showed the entire county received ice that made road travel treacherous or impossible, with the area between Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes receiving at least two inches of snow and the Leland/Belville/Navassa area receiving as many as five inches of snow.

  • OIB OKs changes for more development

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began 2018 by approving plans for development on and off the island.

    Commissioners approved modifying the existing master land use plan for The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach development behind Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179).

    A change in the design of Section I of the development will decrease the previously approved number of lots from 213 to 202.

  • County planning board revises solar farm ordinance criteria

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Planning Board members proposed new regulations for building solar farms Jan. 8 by revising recommendations turned down by county commissioners in November.

    County commissioners sent the planning board proposals back for another review after residents spoke in opposition of solar farm rules changes they saw as too restrictive during a Nov. 20 public hearing.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.