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Today's News

  • What does the fox say?

    Lynne Borden caught this red fox at rest about 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in her yard at Lockwood Folly in Holden Beach. “This red fox has been visiting our yard regularly, but decided to take a leisurely rest in our birdbath,” she wrote. According to National Geographic, the red fox’s resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning.

  • National Audubon Society sues to stop OIB terminal groin

    The National Audubon Society has challenged the Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin project by filing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of the National Audubon Society on Monday in United States District Court, challenging the corps’ permit authorizing the town to build the terminal groin.

  • Rain causes sewer system overflows

    Heavy rains last week caused Leland’s sewer system to overflow at three locations on two different days.

    On Aug. 8, Leland had an estimated 7,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged from a sanitary sewer manhole near 1352 Grandiflora Drive.

    North Carolina state law requires Leland, the owner/operator of the wastewater collection or treatment works, to issue a news release when an untreated discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

  • Deputy Boulder earns red vest, becomes part of certified team

    BOLIVIA— Brunswick County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.K. Nowell has a new four-legged partner by her side.

    Boulder, a 3-year-old golden retriever, is the sheriff’s office’s newest K9, and has been working with Nowell since April.

    Boulder came to the sheriff’s office through the paws4people organization out of Wilmington.

    On Tuesday morning, Boulder received his red vest during a ceremony signifying he and Nowell had passed their Public Access Tests that ensure both are up-to-date on commands and Boulder’s behaviors on the job.

  • New retail shopping center construction under way

    LELAND — Retail growth is on the rise in Leland as three Westgate Marketplace shell buildings have gone up next to the Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    “The whole center should be online by November,” said Jack Kilbourne of Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co., the developer.

    The 32,000-square-foot shopping center sits on 4.5 acres and includes a seven-suite 17,200-square-foot building, an 8,000-square-foot four-suite building and a 3,600-square-foot two-suite building. Construction began in late April.

  • Dredge returns to Lockwood Folly Inlet

    The Merritt side-cast dredge has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging on or about Wednesday, Aug. 16.

    The dredge is expected to continue working in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island for 10 to 12 days, said Lisa Parker, spokeswoman for the Wilmington district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Matthew 25 Center to hold groundbreaking Aug. 20

    Nine years ago, Christ’s words resonated with a group of people who came together to create a temporary housing environment for families visiting loved ones at detention centers in Brunswick, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties and Horry County, S.C.

    The center, called Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., was inspired by Matthew 25:40, when Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs Jaguar’s Lair settlement, delays park use guidelines

    SUNSET BEACH — Following a closed session Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted to accept settlement and subdivision improvements agreements involving the Jaguar’s Lair bond litigation.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said the settlement agreement involves the town, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. and Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation LLC.

    Richardson said there are two other entities in the proposed settlement agreement: Angels Trace Investments LLC and Jaguar’s Lair Golf LLC.

  • Calabash commissioner cleared of assault charges

    Assault charges against Calabash town commissioner Jody Nance have been dismissed.

    Nance, 62, was cleared of charges of simple assault and communicating threats against his brother-in-law, John Climer of River Road in Calabash, following a trial Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    District Court Judge W. Fred Gore found Climer, 61, guilty of a simple assault charge against Nance.

    Climer was sentenced to five days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.

  • Clayton man identified in Caswell Beach drowning

    A man who drowned off Caswell Beach on Saturday has been identified.

    Caswell Beach Police Captain Sam Massey identified the victim as 39-year-old Telley Knight of Clayton.

    Massey said Knight was visiting the beach with his family, and went swimming with a cousin just before 4 p.m. Saturday. His cousin, who has not been identified, told Knight he was going ashore, and Massey said that's the last time anyone saw Knight conscious.