Today's News

  • Insurance department balks on rate increase talks

    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—State, county and municipal officials converged on Wrightsville Beach on Friday morning expecting to receive answers about the recently approved increases in homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties.

    But no one from the N.C. Department of Insurance attended the meeting, originally slated to include Rose Williams, legislative counsel for the department of insurance.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long recently approved a rate schedule, which would increase homeowners’ insurance rates up to 30 percent in coastal counties.

  • MLK Day celebrations planned

    Several celebrations to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. have been scheduled in observance of the King Day holiday Jan. 19.

    Brunswick County government will host its King Day celebration at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in the commissioners’ chambers. The public is welcome.

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor a three-day celebration paying tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16, 18 and 19.

  • Planning board OKs mini-golf in family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of an indoor miniature golf course in the family entertainment center now being built on Whiteville Road.

    Business owner Brian McCall requested a conditional use for the nine-hole golf course at the planning board’s Tuesday night meeting. A golf course is not included in the list of permitted uses in the site’s highway business zoning district.

  • Architect recommends Holden Beach fires contractor for EOC building

    Construction on the new Holden Beach Town Hall is progressing smoothly, but the architect has recommended Holden Beach Commissioners fire the general contractor for the new Emergency Operations Center. The suggested was made during the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall Tuesday night.

    “We’re going to recommend that the town fire the general contractor and contact the bonding company immediately,” Jim Stewart of Stewart Cooper Newell told commissioners.

  • County officials answer wastewater questions in Calabash

    CALABASH—Project bids for the town’s wastewater project can go out with fewer communities participating, but it will affect the overall cost for others, Brunswick County public utilities director Jerry Pierce said Tuesday night.

    A roomful of residents turned out to hear Pierce, along with Brunswick County fiscal operations director Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce answer town commissioners’ questions about the town’s delayed wastewater project.

  • 'Dangerous dogs' return to Bald Head home

    While Bald Head Island dog owners await their day in court, the county continues to tweak its dangerous dog ordinance.

    Bald Head residents Diane Robinson and Larry Kirby are appealing the case in which their Doberman pinschers, Teddy and Nina, were deemed dangerous by the county last summer.

  • Community left in limbo after developer leaves premises

    CAROLINA SHORES—Homeowners in the Calabash Lakes community have begun meeting after the developer of their community, Portrait Homes, left without leaving a forwarding address or phone number.

    Bob Litz, a homeowner in the new subdivision built on the former Calabash Golf Links course off Thomasboro Road, said homeowners were planning to gather this week to discuss Portrait’s current financial woes, including cases that have been filed in bankruptcy court.

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  • Evelyn Smith Wray Village School students build bridges

    Students at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School recently participated in a bridge-building contest.

    Sara Rodriguez, science teacher at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School, said the sixth-grade science class was studying a technological design unit and designed and tested different protocols of design.

    “The way we did this was making our own design for a bridge that needed to hold a 5- and 10-pound weight for at least one minute,” she said.

  • Fort Fisher commemorates 144th anniversary of Second Battle

    KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.