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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Holden Beach woman wins $200K in lottery

    A Holden Beach woman won $200,000 in her first time playing the lottery.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Bonnie Cox carried the scratch-off ticket around for more than a week before she discovered it was a winner.

    “I just put it in my purse and forgot about it,” Cox said in a news release. “I only remembered to scratch it, because it was getting in the way when I was looking for something.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Calabash minds own new business activity

    CALABASH — The business climate is brisk in the Seafood Capital, with new businesses and new activity under way.

    This past weekend, a soft opening launched the new Coastal Craft Beverage Co. craft beer bottle shop and tasting room at 10080 Beach Drive.

    The Boundary House Restaurant owners are planning a new eatery, tentatively being called “The Original,” at the former Coleman’s restaurant site overlooking the Calabash River at 9931 Nance St.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • County board adds textbooks to Brunswick Guarantee funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to guarantee books will be included if recent high school graduates go to Brunswick Community College under the Brunswick Guarantee program.

    Textbooks were overlooked when the Brunswick Guarantee was created, County Manager Ann Hardy told commissioners at their Aug. 14 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick Guarantee is a three-year funding agreement commissioners approved March 6 to provide the Brunswick Community College Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses.