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Today's News

  • Native plants can add beauty and bird habitats to your yard

    Southeastern native plants are ablaze with color in the fall. Colorful berries appear to delight the human eye and provide food for hungry birds. The leaves turn orange, red or gold as the weather turns cooler creating beauty throughout the wooded areas and hopefully in your own back yard.

  • Man arrested for Burns' rape, murder

    First published at 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

    Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

  • Commissioners discuss but table availability fees and mandatory connection ordinance

    Residents who wish to voice concerns about the county’s mandatory connection ordinance or availability fees have until the commissioners Sept. 15 meeting to do so.

    After discussing the county’s mandatory connection ordinance, commissioners voted to table the issue until their next meeting.

    “If one is connected to the water system, it does not affect those people,” county attorney Huey Marshall explained. “These are for the people who have not connected to the system, but there is a water line addressing that property.”

  • BOOZE IT AND LOSE IT: North, South Carolina team up for Labor Day checkpoints

    The driver was lying on the side of the road. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

    But officers couldn’t find the driver’s car. Before he died, the driver told officers he ran off the road into the woods.

    After 15 minutes of searching, officers finally found his sports car—wedged between two pine trees about 30 feet in the air.

  • One dead after motorcycle wreck on U.S. 17

    Less than a month after two people were killed in a wreck in front of Brunswick Community Hospital, another person has died there.

    Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, emergency personnel were alerted to a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Ocean Highway West and Medical Center Drive.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman, a van driven by Kim Wilkins, 45, of Leland, was headed south on U.S. 17. Wilkins reportedly crossed over the intersection to turn into the hospital’s drive when she failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle.

  • Suit filed against sheriff's office

    Six months, four indictments and one federal guilty plea later, the sheriff’s office has been sued for claims associated with former sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension and indictment.

    Hewett, who was suspended as sheriff on March 27 on grounds of neglect, misconduct, extortion and intoxication, was indicted March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice.

  • Tourist season up about 3 percent over 2007

    Even with the high gas prices and slumping economy, occupancy tax revenue was up about 3 percent over last year during Brunswick County’s summer tourist season, according to officials with the Tourism Development Authority.

    Mitzi York, the authority’s executive director, said Tuesday that May figures were up 15.5 percent over last year’s while June was down 7 percent.

    All the July and August numbers aren’t in yet, but York said the county is expected to finish the year about 2.98 percent over last year.

  • Calabash residents bring questions about future sewer system

    CALABASH—A steady flow of residents brought questions and sought answers at an informational wastewater system workshop.

    The three-hour session Aug. 28 was designed to give future sewer-system customers a chance to talk with county officials and representatives with HDR Engineering, the company designing the town’s future $7 million wastewater system.

  • Carolina Shores leaders interested in satellite sheriff's station

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are hopeful greater police protection is just up the road and around the bend.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said at Tuesday’s monthly workshop and meeting that she, Mayor Stephen Selby and commissioner Jack Csernecky met recently with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram to discuss having greater police coverage in the Carolina Shores area.

    Ingram said he is going to put in for two substations—one at Grissettown and the other on the north end of the county.

  • Legislators override boat trailer bill veto; reaction pro and con

    The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would loosen restrictions on oversize boat trailers—a bill for which local and state tourism officials have been lobbying over the past year.

    The legislation, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”