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Today's News

  • Calabash adopts budget, debates machine license fees

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners approved a $1,084,933.50 budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 with no tax increase at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

    Approval was 4-1 with town commissioner Mary Knight casting the only “nay” vote.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board still debating open space

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board debated at length last week whether to require 12½ or 15 percent open space for residential projects with more than 10 dwelling units.

  • Stolen car recovered in Wilmington

    SUNSET BEACH—A car stolen May 29 while its owner left the engine running to go inside the Minuteman convenience store on N.C. 904 has been recovered.

    The 1998 Dodge Stratus was found June 1 in Wilmington, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Monday.

    Musical equipment that had been inside the car was not recovered, Smith said.

    No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

  • Sewer update in Sunset Beach

     SUNSET BEACH—As of Monday, Brunswick County has gotten a 72 percent response rate from residents who will be on a low-pressure sewer system, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

    Of 1,266 letters sent out, 912 people had responded, said Pierce, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting.

    Responses were due by June 4.

  • New Sunset Beach bridge now fully connected

    It’s official—the Sunset Beach island is now connected to the mainland after the last girders of the new high-rise bridge went up last Friday.

    But the general public will have to wait a few more months before it can officially cross the new span, which is to be named the Mannon C. Gore Bridge per a resolution approved Monday by Sunset Beach Town Council.

  • Sheriff right to step up checkpoints

    As our roads begin to feel the increased pressure of summer tourists, the opportunity for incidents increase. We only have to look back a couple of weeks to see tragedies that have happened on our roadways before the onslaught of beachgoers even began.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has said his deputies will be stepping up their emphasis on impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers during the busy summer months.

  • Passport to the World

    Students at Supply Elementary School have been experiencing cultures throughout the world this week during the school's second annual Passport to the World and Cultural Arts Festival.
    The week began with opening ceremonies similar to "what you would see in the Olympics," Julie Bordo, Supply's global studies and Spanish teacher, said. Students presented flags and shared facts about various countries.

  • Ocean Isle Beach mayor lobbies for final chance for terminal groin to be heard in short session

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith has one final try to convince N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney to allow Senate Bill 832 to be heard and voted for on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session.

  • Fundraiser paying tribute to homeless man set for Saturday

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—A fundraising dinner to raise money for a homeless shelter is set for 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, June 12, at Little River United Methodist Church.

    Organizer and church member Cookie Weber was inspired to launch the Phillip Fund Spaghetti Dinner after a homeless man she befriended several months ago, Phillip Riley, was found dead behind the church in March.

  • 'Big John' takes reins at Ocean Isle Beach Police Department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Calling me chief, I’m having trouble dealing with that,” newly-appointed Ocean Isle Beach police chief John Goodwin said. “So if you want to call me ‘Big John,’ that’s fine.”

    Although taking awhile to adjust to his new title, Goodwin, 52, said serving as the town’s next police chief is a natural progression and the next step in his 31-year career in law enforcement.