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Today's News

  • ‘Cold, wet, windy’ can’t stop OIB’s Cari Van Winkle at fourth Boston Marathon

    When it rained, it poured cold, windy and tortuous at this year’s Boston Marathon.

    But even in harsh weather conditions Cari Van Winkle was unstoppable.

    The 36-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident finished her fourth marathon last Monday, April 16, in three hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, according to results posted on the 122nd Boston Marathon website.

  • Ferry crew rescues kiteboarder

    A North Carolina ferry crew rescued a kiteboarder struggling to swim to shore in the Cape Fear River on Saturday afternoon after getting his kiteboard tangled on a navigational aid.

    The crew of the M/V Fort Fisher was completing its midday run between Southport and Fort Fisher when Capt. Barry West noticed the man and his gear tangled in the Federal Point Rear Range Beacon, according to a state Department of Transportation news release issued Monday afternoon.

  • Dredging draws dispute in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek brought disagreement at a town council meeting last week.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato took issue at the April 19 meeting with councilman John Corbett for querying residents in the area about whether they want dredging.

    “I find it inappropriate you’re promoting dredging when it has been taken off the table by the scoping committee,” Cerrato said, referring to an April 9 session with agency officials that council members attended.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Leland manager proposes budget to keep 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland Town Manager David Hollis presented town council members with a balanced budget proposal that would keep the tax rate at 21 cents for a second consecutive year at the town’s April 16 agenda meeting.

    Hollis’ proposal trimmed the list of items council members couldn’t agree to do without at an April 5 budget workshop.