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Today's News

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • County candidate seeks spot on November ballot

    The early voting period is Marilyn Priddy’s last chance to become an official candidate for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

    Priddy is seeking signatures to get on Nov. 3’s general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for the seat held by Republican Marty Cooke, who is running uncontested.

    Brunswick County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said Tuesday she has been in contact with Priddy and provided her with the state-approved petition to attempt to be added to the ballot.

  • Holden Beach establishes Inlet and Beach Protection Board

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners recently established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board to serve as an advisory board for the town.

    The board will prepare and recommend to commissioners a comprehensive long-term plan for the town’s role, if any, in the management, dredging and protection of the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlets, including their respective navigational channels, and the management, protection and nourishment of the town’s ocean beaches and protective dune systems.

  • Shallotte teens arrested in Supply shooting

    Two Shallotte teens accused of shooting into an occupied residence last Friday were arrested over the weekend. No one was injured.

    Tristan Stone Kelly, 19, of Edna Way and Atlanta Blaze Crumbley, 17, of Sussex Drive SW were arrested April 22 and each charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show the two stole a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun from a man and fired it into an occupied singlewide mobile home occupied by a woman on Shade Tree Lane in Supply on April 20.

  • Stroup talks career path that led her to be RBA K-3 dean

    LELAND —Rachel Stroup knew drawing blood in a hospital wasn’t what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, especially when she’d just graduated in 2009 from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. with a bachelor’s degree in human development and learning.

    A conversation with a coworker at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where she worked as a phlebotomist, introduced her to her future home with Roger Bacon Academy, where she was appointed dean of K-3 on Feb. 12.

  • Holden Beach abandons pursuit of terminal groin project

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 during their April 17 meeting to end their pursuit of a terminal groin

    The town originally intended to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Teen wanted on attempted murder charges turns self in

    A teen wanted on two attempted murder charges in Brunswick County turned himself in in Columbus County on Saturday, April 21.

    Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco also faces a misdemeanor charge of injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Watkins tried to kill two people and damaged a third person’s vehicle in excess of $200 on April 19.  

  • Five people face cocaine charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Preston Jaquan Bryant, 22, of Dawson Street in Wilmington was arrested April 18 and charged with possession with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia while Amber Shalie Burch, 22, of Cadefel Court in Wilmington also was arrested April 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup to begin in 2019

    NAVASSA — More soil testing at Navassa’s Kerr-McGee Superfund site is planned for 2018, but officials said cleanup could begin by the start of 2019.

    Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, hosted a quarterly update meeting April 10 at Navassa Community Center.

  • Commissioners decide on water, sewer projects

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County engineering consultants recommended a reverse osmosis plant was the best method to treat drinking water for contaminants at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    CDM Smith was hired in January to study water treatment options and delivered a final recommendation at the county’s April 19 meeting.