Today's News

  • Tri-Beach fire department celebrates 50 years

    HOLDEN BEACH — Back in 1968 there was not one beach on Holden Beach, but three; Holden, Robinson and Colonial beaches all occupied the same island.

    The three beaches, plus the mainland, needed a fire department to serve them, so a group of local residents formed Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Servicing Robinson, Colonial and Holden Beach.

    It wasn’t until about 1992, when the decision was made to shorten the name to Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Chief Doug Todd said.

  • Insurance commissioner OKs rate increases

    Brunswick County home insurance customers will see rates increase in 2018 after the North Carolina Department of Insurance announced a settlement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said negotiations that began after he rejected the bureau’s proposed statewide 18.7 percent homeowners’ insurance rate increase ended with an agreement for an average 4.8 percent increase statewide.

  • Event offers info on current crimes

    SUPPLY — Criminals always evolve with technology, but Secretary of State Elaine Marshall says one fact hasn’t changed: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    The keys to fending them off are vigilance and scrutiny, she said.

    “Today they have learned how to speed up, how they can steal your money and do you harm,” she said.

  • FEMA flood maps approval process under way

    Brunswick County and 18 of its municipalities are working on approving Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps and associated ordinance changes.

    FEMA first made Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps available in August 2014.

    The maps show special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.

    Public hearings for the rate maps were held in Brunswick County in 2015.

  • Red Hare opens brewery and taproom in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — The opening of 34° North Experiment Station at 4802 Main St. on Saturday brought Red Hare Brewing Co. to Shallotte directly from Marietta, Ga.

    “The reason we call it 34° North (is because) the city of Marietta and the city of Shallotte are on the same 34 degree latitude,” said Chris Green, Red Hare vice president and general manager.

  • Holden Beach abandons pursuit of terminal groin project

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 during their April 17 meeting to end their pursuit of a terminal groin

    The town originally intended to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • ‘Cold, wet, windy’ can’t stop OIB’s Cari Van Winkle at fourth Boston Marathon

    When it rained, it poured cold, windy and tortuous at this year’s Boston Marathon.

    But even in harsh weather conditions Cari Van Winkle was unstoppable.

    The 36-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident finished her fourth marathon last Monday, April 16, in three hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, according to results posted on the 122nd Boston Marathon website.

  • Ferry crew rescues kiteboarder

    A North Carolina ferry crew rescued a kiteboarder struggling to swim to shore in the Cape Fear River on Saturday afternoon after getting his kiteboard tangled on a navigational aid.

    The crew of the M/V Fort Fisher was completing its midday run between Southport and Fort Fisher when Capt. Barry West noticed the man and his gear tangled in the Federal Point Rear Range Beacon, according to a state Department of Transportation news release issued Monday afternoon.

  • Leland adds animal control rules to ordinances

    LELAND — Town council members voted to add animal control laws to town ordinances at the April 19 meeting to prohibit the abuse of animals and detail acceptable animal restraints.

    The town didn’t previously have an ordinance specifically addressing animal control, just sections of the town code for dogs running at large in town and the procedure for designating a dog as dangerous, Town Manager David Hollis said during a review of the changes.

  • Dredging draws dispute in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek brought disagreement at a town council meeting last week.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato took issue at the April 19 meeting with councilman John Corbett for querying residents in the area about whether they want dredging.

    “I find it inappropriate you’re promoting dredging when it has been taken off the table by the scoping committee,” Cerrato said, referring to an April 9 session with agency officials that council members attended.