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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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • BCAR releases May 2017 real estate data

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued to show exceptional growth during May 2017, including a substantial increase in average sales prices and the year’s highest sales total to date, according to statistics data from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    “Brunswick County’s real estate market is still red hot, to the point of breaking records,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release. “We have not seen sales like this in one month since before 2010.”

  • Patient, EMTs recall rescue from cardiac arrest

    SUPPLY — On May 10, 76-year-old Theodore Racz of Sunset Beach began his tri-weekly kidney dialysis at Fresenius Kidney Care Brunswick County in Supply as usual. The treatment, which removes waste from the body after a person’s kidneys fail, usually lasts about five hours for him.

    About 30 minutes into it on this day, however, he said he “felt like I was hit by a baseball bat in the chest.

    “I called out to the nurse and that’s the last thing I remember.”