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Today's News

  • 'The Music Man' to open Aug. 7, run for two weekends

    Directors of Brunswick Little Theatre’s “The Music Man” set three goals for the 67-person musical cast during a recent rehearsal: act with energy, minimize outside conversation and go through every scene without stopping.

    The cast seemed ready to tackle their instructions and launched into a quick run-through of the song “Ya Got Trouble” before starting the scene from the top.

  • Calabash fire chief resigns after serving nearly a year

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker has resigned.

    Naecker’s resignation officially took effect last Friday, July 24.

    Naecker, 58, was appointed interim chief to fill the department’s leadership vacancy last Aug. 1 after longtime department Chief Karl Bennett announced retirement plans. Naecker officially became chief of the department in December.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge said he didn’t know Naecker’s reasons for resigning.

  • Aquarium filled to gills with camp, other summer activities

    If camp is under way, it must be summertime at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The state aquarium is just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    Summer activities on tap have included junior naturalists, animal keepers and coastal crusaders camps for children and teens (advance fees and registration required).

    Day visitors of all ages are offered a chance to experience the sights and sounds of “The Waters of the Cape Fear,” from freshwater streams and swamps to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean.

  • Shelter kitty seeks good home

    Ticker (ID No. A008445) is a black-and-white male domestic shorthair. He has been at the shelter since June 17. The shelter’s adoption fees for female cats and kittens is $55, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery. Adoption fees for male cats and kittens are $35, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV test, rabies vaccination and neuter surgery. The shelter, at 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) in Supply, is open to the public for viewing animals and adoptions from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Gray areas in law leaves room for much interpretation

    Lots of things are open to interpretation. Messages in the Bible, dreams, types of dancing, and yes, the law.

    And while my interpretation of the law may differ from the attorney representing the Brunswick County Board of Education, I expect an explanation of why my interpretation is inaccurate, if nothing else.

    The board’s meeting Thursday night, which lasted until the early hours Friday morning and contained two closed sessions, ended with no official action taken.

  • San Rio property owners prepare for lawsuit

    About 20 people who bought property at the now-defunct San Rio Ocean and River Club subdivision off Gray Bridge Road are preparing to file a lawsuit in Brunswick County Court.

    They hope to receive the money they invested in property that has not been developed and appears to have been abandoned.

    George Dedrick of Gibsonville said this week he and fellow San Rio property owner Kevin Brown began working with their banks to get their mortgages adjusted so they did not have to make balloon payments on a property without infrastructure that could not be developed.

  • Hung jury results in mistrial for West Virginia rape suspect

    A Brunswick County jury couldn’t come to a decision on whether to convict or acquit an 18-year-old West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County.

    The suspect is now free on bond, and another trial is not likely until next year, according to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases.

  • AirLink responds to beach rescue

    Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services and Tri-Beach Fire Department responded to a call about 12:12 p.m. Thursday of a man body surfing on Holden Beach who was driven into the sand by a wave, according to Brian Watts, director of Brunswick County EMS. The man complained of back and neck pain, and EMS decided to call the AirLink helicopter to take him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center ‘instead of taking a chance’ and transporting him via ambulance. The man’s name and condition have not been released.

  • Annexation bill passes House, moves to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has approved the third reading of a bill that would allow property owners to force a referendum for pending involuntary annexations.

    The bill now goes to the Senate, but at least one representative says it’s going to be a hard fight there.

    House Bill 524 passed its third and final vote last Thursday and includes a provision for town residents or residents of the area to be annexed to petition for a referendum as well as a requirement for the town to provide services to the annexed area.

  • Distemper halts dog adoptions at Brunswick County shelter

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Animal Services is continuing to suspend dog adoptions after more cases of distemper were confirmed earlier this month.

    Two weeks ago, two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirmed the cause of the illness to be distemper.

    Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.