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Today's News

  • Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign under way in N.C.

    State and local law enforcement officers aim to make holiday travel safer during the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Labor Day Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign through Sept. 4.

    “Labor Day is a joyous family holiday that should never be marred by the tragic results of a drunk driver,” Mark Ezzell, director of the GHSP, said in a news release. “Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are partnering with our office to prevent these tragedies by taking drunk drivers off the road.”

  • Rain causes sewer system overflows

    Heavy rains last week caused Leland’s sewer system to overflow at three locations on two different days.

    On Aug. 8, Leland had an estimated 7,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged from a sanitary sewer manhole near 1352 Grandiflora Drive.

    North Carolina state law requires Leland, the owner/operator of the wastewater collection or treatment works, to issue a news release when an untreated discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

  • Museum, planetarium receive grant award

    In January, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium together were one of 54 science centers across the state to receive a grant award as part of the second year of the $2.39 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.

    “These funds are critical to our museum and planetarium operations in providing STEM education to our patrons and students,” executive director Terry Bryant said in a news release. “We are very appreciative of these state funds.”

    Bald Head Island Conservancy also received grant funding.

  • County board adds textbooks to Brunswick Guarantee funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to guarantee books will be included if recent high school graduates go to Brunswick Community College under the Brunswick Guarantee program.

    Textbooks were overlooked when the Brunswick Guarantee was created, County Manager Ann Hardy told commissioners at their Aug. 14 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick Guarantee is a three-year funding agreement commissioners approved March 6 to provide the Brunswick Community College Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses.

  • Calabash commissioner cleared of assault charges

    Assault charges against Calabash town commissioner Jody Nance have been dismissed.

    Nance, 62, was cleared of charges of simple assault and communicating threats against his brother-in-law, John Climer of River Road in Calabash, following a trial Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    District Court Judge W. Fred Gore found Climer, 61, guilty of a simple assault charge against Nance.

    Climer was sentenced to five days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.

  • Dredge returns to Lockwood Folly Inlet

    The Merritt side-cast dredge has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging on or about Wednesday, Aug. 16.

    The dredge is expected to continue working in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island for 10 to 12 days, said Lisa Parker, spokeswoman for the Wilmington district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Calabash approves revised vacation time

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a revised policy for town employees’ vacation time.

    The change came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, and allows employees to accumulate vacation leave time “without any applicable maximum” until Dec. 31 of each year. On that date, an employee with accumulated leave can have the excess converted to sick leave so that no more than 240 hours or 30 days are carried forward into the following calendar year.

  • Clayton man identified in Caswell Beach drowning

    A man who drowned off Caswell Beach on Saturday has been identified.

    Caswell Beach Police Captain Sam Massey identified the victim as 39-year-old Telley Knight of Clayton.

    Massey said Knight was visiting the beach with his family, and went swimming with a cousin just before 4 p.m. Saturday. His cousin, who has not been identified, told Knight he was going ashore, and Massey said that's the last time anyone saw Knight conscious.

  • Carolina Shores sailing forward with stormwater improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — In the midst of hurricane season, the town is moving ahead with its drainage spot improvement program and other stormwater improvements.

  • Shallotte to buy Mulberry Street lot

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen gave staff approval at a closed session Aug. 11 to negotiate a contract to buy the property at 149 Mulberry St. owned by Phillip and Cynthia King.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said they plan to use the property for additional parking for Mulberry Park.