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Today's News

  • Residents rally to save Sunset Beach market that’s not closing

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents responding to rumor were told Monday night there are no plans to shut down the Waterfront Market.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato accused fellow councilman John Corbett of spreading “fake news” in connection with the seasonal market, which Corbett’s wife Carol helps run on Thursdays in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said several times she had only questioned fees being charged for the market and there were no plans to close it.

  • Leland rescinds on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials scrapped three years of efforts to address on-street parking problems at a special meeting June 22 by eliminating regulations put in place in January 2016.

    Council members voted a year and a half ago to require an additional parking space be provided at a ratio of one space per one lot in all new subdivisions.

    The town board’s decision to remove the requirements came after town and planning board members held a joint meeting May 26 where they heard complaints about the parking space impact from developers.

  • Sunset Beach de-annexation proceeds in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — A state bill to de-annex a senior complex has been approved by the Senate and passed second reading Tuesday, June 27, in the House.

    It was unclear at press time whether Senate Bill 289 to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from Sunset Beach will require a third reading, but it was approved on second reading by a 98-14 vote Tuesday afternoon, according to an update on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

  • Deputies seek man considered armed and dangerous

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say assaulted someone and shot into a home on Landing Road in Shallotte on Friday night.

    Thirty-five-year-old Douglas Anthony Blouin Jr. faces charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon.

    Blouin is known to carry concealed handguns and is considered armed and dangerous, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, which did not say whether anyone was injured in the June 23 shooting.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

  • October opening planned for new nursing facility

    A new 136-bed nursing home facility under construction in rural Brunswick County is pegged for an October opening.

    Brunswick Health and Rehab Center has been under construction since June 2016 at 9600 No. 5 School Road near Ash Little River Road.

    It is owned by Saber Healthcare Group headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which operates 111 facilities and more than 10,002 licensed beds in six states, including Autumn Care of Shallotte and 22 other facilities in North Carolina, according to the company’s website.

  • Plans to begin this year for Navassa Superfund site use

    NAVASSA — The Navassa Superfund site restoration process will move from the testing stage to the planning-for-the-future stage in the next few months.

    Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a June 20 meeting at the Navassa Community Center.

  • Sheriff’s office asks for help to find habitual felon

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted on felony charges.

    Deputies are searching for 30-year-old Corbett Lee McLean, who’s wanted for breaking into a home in the Supply area and stealing guns May 25, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    McLean will be charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny of firearms.

  • Billboard easement bill topples in House vote in Raleigh

    By Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    An amended bill to ease billboard regulations in North Carolina and wrest say-so from local governments failed Monday in Raleigh.

    Local governments would have lost say-so in regulating billboards if the provision had been approved.

  • Teen dies after falling off third story balcony in Holden Beach

    A 19-year-old from the Charlotte area died after falling from a third-story balcony of a Holden Beach residence Friday night.

    The man’s identity will not be released per request of the family, Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said, adding the town sends its condolences.

    Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tri-Beach Fire Department and Brunswick County EMS personnel and Holden Beach police and were dispatched to the home on Sand Dune Lane at 7:07 p.m., Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson said in a news release.

  • Three people arrested in reported weekend kidnapping in Leland

    A Leland man accused of kidnapping a man Friday was arrested on a drunk driving charge the next day. 

    Marcus Antwyn Jenkins, 35, of Thunder Hill Road NE was arrested Saturday, June 24, and charged with second-degree kidnapping, possession of firearm by a felon and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.