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Today's News

  • Questions surround Sunset Beach council 'rep' on terminal groin

    Sunset Beach residents questioning a terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach have also begun to ask why Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill is listed as a project review team representative for his town in the groin environmental impact statement.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document lists and identifies Sherrill as a Sunset Beach town councilman, though he was never appointed by Sunset Beach to serve on the PRT committee.

  • OIB museum celebrates Family Day on April 4

    Saturday, April 4, is Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That means it’s free admission day for residents of Brunswick County presenting IDs and $2 admission for all others.

    It’s a way for the museum, which turns 24 next month, to give back to those who have supported the museum in its mission through the years since its inception and launch in May 1991.

    Family Day festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Chicken truck fire shuts down highway

    An engine fire on a truck carrying boxes of frozen chickens shut down portions of U.S. 74/76 in Leland on Monday afternoon, March 30. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the driver of the tractor-trailer was headed east about a mile from Columbus County when he smelled smoke and pulled onto a dirt logging road field at 2:20 p.m.

    The eastbound lane was shut down as fire and emergency crews arrived at the scene. The truck was destroyed and the refrigerated trailer carrying the poultry sustained damages.

  • Volunteers rally to install smoke alarms

    More than 150 volunteers fanned out across Brunswick County last Saturday with one mission: to install more than 800 smoke alarms free of charge in the name of safety and saving lives.

    The inspiration for the county’s first smoke alarm rally March 28 were five recent fire deaths, county fire marshal Scott Garner said.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, March 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Calabash restaurateurs celebrate U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — Altin and Leda Elezi don’t take America for granted.

    The owners of Sunny Side Up Diner at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash don’t want anyone else to, either.

    As of this past Feb. 24, the Albania natives are both proud citizens of the United States.

    That’s the date restaurant chef/owner Altin Elezi received his U.S. citizenship certificate at a naturalization ceremony at the Charleston, S.C., field office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Easter events

    Easter means egg hunts and other festivities. Here’s a roundup of area events this week for kids and adults of all ages.

    Leland egg hunts

    The town of Leland is having its first adult Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

  • Brownings celebrate first anniversary

     Albert and Lisa Browning are celebrating their first anniversary Saturday, April 4, with a dinner for invited guests, friends and family at their residence in Shallotte.

  • Musical beans

    Every little kid knows the song: “Beans, beans the musical fruit ...” I’ll let you do the next line in your head.

    Not only are beans musical, they are inexpensive, tasty and a powerhouse of nutrition. On any given day, at least 14 percent of the U.S. population is eating beans. Good for them! Pinto beans are the most popular, closely followed by Navy, black, Great Northern and garbanzo beans.

  • Smoke from controlled burn at swamp seen on N.C. 211

    No, that isn’t an out-of-control fire and smoke plume passersby saw erupting from the west side of Brunswick County on Tuesday.

    The North Carolina Forest Service has just been conducting a controlled burn in the Green Swamp along N.C. 211 to clear the forest of underbrush.

    Controlled or prescribed fires are conducted by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to help restore health to fire-adapted environments.