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Today's News

  • Oil companies are only winners in fluctuating 'gas market lottery'

    I pulled into a South Carolina gas station on manic Monday morning ready to fill up—again. Seems like it was déjà vu all over—again. Because, in fact, it was.

    I’ve been jumping through hoops on this gas-gigging, dog-and-pony routine on a weekly basis all summer. It’s sweltering outside, after all, and my car has been thirsty.

    Besides, I have the kind of reporting job that requires me to rove around Brunswick County—one of the largest in North Carolina.

  • Rescued Brunswick County dog fetches new life with new owners

    SUNSET BEACH—Three months ago, Callie the dog was homeless and suffering from heartworm at Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    “We pulled Callie out of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, put her in our foster program and worked with her until the Pernos decided to adopt her,” said Cheri McLain, founder of Rescue Animals Community Effort, a local nonprofit animal advocacy group hoping to eventually privatize the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

  • Calabash gets 'sneak peek' at new town administrator

    CALABASH—A crowd that converged for Town Hall Day last week got a chance to meet new town administrator Chuck Nance, who officially starts his new duties next Monday, Aug. 1.

    Nance, transferring to Calabash from his work as a senior planner for the past 10-and-a-half years with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina, told citizens he is looking forward to his new job and move to the Seafood Capital.

  • A Taste of Brunswick Plantation offers delicious delights from new recipe book

    It was a night for mingling and sampling the wares as A Taste of Brunswick Plantation took place Sunday night.

    For the cost of an admission ticket to benefit the new Brunswick Hospice Care Center, residents turned out en masse to enjoy food samples from the community’s new recipe book bearing the same title as the event.

    The tickets entitled each attendee to food tickets that could be used to sample assorted dishes showcased in the recipe collection, “A Taste of Brunswick Plantation.”

  • Calabash special meeting set for Monday

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons has called a special meeting of the Calabash Board of Commissioners for 10 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 1.

    The purpose of the meeting is to relieve Kelley Southward from her appointment as interim town administrator and to appoint Charles “Chuck” Nance to his new position as town administrator.

    Clemmons will administer the oath of office to Nance.

    The board of commissioners will also have a closed session to discuss personnel matters regarding employee performance and to take action as necessary.

  • Shallotte man arrested for selling prescription pills

    SHALLOTTE—A Shallotte man was arrested July 18, after a two-month investigation into selling prescription pills.
    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit seized a 1997 Ford F-150 truck during the arrest.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Seashore Road SW in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Stanley Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s shed and stole an 800-watt generator, 5 gallons of diesel fuel and a 5-gallon canister.

    •Larceny on Gordon Road in Supply; suspect stole car battery from victim’s vehicle.

  • New Congressional maps draw ire

    RALEIGH— Mike McIntyre and Ilario Pantano, foes in the 2010 race for the 7th Congressional District, agree on at least one thing—they do not like the proposed maps for the 7th District.

    In fact, since the proposed maps were released last Tuesday, July 19, most people have fired off against the maps. Carla Farmer, legislative assistant for state Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, said the office phones have been ringing off the hook.

  • Future of Brunswick Community Hospital still unclear

    SUPPLY—When the new state-of-the-art Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens its doors to the public this Sunday, ownership of the soon-to-be-vacated-hospital facility will revert back to the county.

    So, what exactly does one do with a 74,000-square foot facility where a hospital once stood?

    “We’re just trying to find the highest and best use for the lowest cost,” commissioner Scott Phillips said about the hospital’s future.

  • Leland man arrested for insurance fraud

    RALEIGH—A Leland man has been arrested for insurance fraud.

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Joshua Rex Walston last week for insurance-related charges.

    Walston, 26, of 1567 Lanvale Road, Leland, has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretences, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance press release.