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Today's News

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.

  • Detectives seek man on kidnapping, assault charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a Leland man accused of causing a woman to lose an eye after he assaulted her.

    Jemar Lee Bell, 37, of Bell Way Drive faces first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female charges.

    Warrants show Bell assaulted the woman, resulting in the loss of her right eye, and choked her from behind to the point she felt she would pass out during incidents that happened between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.

  • Holden Beach Bridge lane closures begin Oct. 18

    Drivers crossing the Holden Beach Bridge/N.C. 130 over the Intracoastal Waterway will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18. The closures are needed for North Carolina Department of Transportation crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.

    The closures will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

  • BCAR releases September 2017 data

    September has come and gone and temperatures are cooling down, but Brunswick County’s residential real estate market remains hot. The third quarter finished strong, with units sold outpacing 2016 by 27 percent and total dollar sales up by 36 percent over last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors. 



  • Grand jury indicts six men in federal drug trafficking case

    Six alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Wilmington have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, powder cocaine and crack cocaine following an investigation in which the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Tuesday.

    Firearm charges are pending against four of the men, all of whom are from Wilmington.  

  • Sunset Vision to honor Carmel Zetts on Oct. 19

    Sunset Vision will pay tribute to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, at its second Sunset Visionary Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    A Sunset Beach Visionary is an individual in the community who contributes time through volunteerism, personal and professional skills and a vision to help make Sunset Beach an ideal place to work, live and play. Last year’s honoree was Frank Nesmith, who fought a 10-year battle to save Bird Island from development.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons dies

    Former Calabash Mayor Anthony “Donnie” Clemmons, 78, died unexpectedly at his home Friday morning, Oct. 13.

    Clemmons served the town for more than two decades, on the town planning and zoning board from 1991-1999 and as a town commissioner from 1999-2007, finishing his municipal service with a four-year stint as mayor from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the local water quality board.

  • Canada to Keys ride raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

    CALABASH — About 14 years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Burke committed suicide

    The Navy seaman was the son of Curt Wildemann’s cousin, MaryAnn Burke, the cousin of Curt Wildemann

    Fast forward to February 2016 when Wildemann, of Henderson, Nev., is in Seattle to visit a friend. While he was there, his brother Mike told him MaryAnn and her husband Ray were in Seattle, too, to participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s national Out of the Darkness walks.

  • Meet the Holden Beach candidates

    Meet the Candidates, hosted by the Holden Beach Property Owners Association, will be Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at Holden Beach Town Hall.

    All of Holden Beach’s elected positions are up for election in November.

    Mayor Alan Holden filed July 7 to run again and will not face any opposition.

    Seven candidates, including three incumbents, will run for all five open commissioner seats.

    H. Ashley Royal is not seeking re-election, while Kim Isenhour resigned after moving out of town.