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Today's News

  • Shallotte police charge three teens with attempted murder

    Shallotte police arrested three teens Thursday accused of shooting into a vehicle in which two women, one of whom was pregnant, were riding last month. No one was injured.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier reels in 60th birthday

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

    Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.

  • Ash native Will Gore named Coast Guard Service Member of the Year

    He grew up in Ash, graduated from West Brunswick High School in 2000, joined the National Guard in 2007 and has now been bestowed a national honor.

    On July 12, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class and Brunswick County native William Gore, 35, received Military Times’ Coast Guardsman of the Year honors and recognition in Washington, D.C.

    Gore was also welcomed by 7th District Congressman David Rouzer while he was in Washington for the Service Members of the Year awards ceremony.

  • Damage undermines dredge work in Lockwood Folly Inlet

    HOLDEN BEACH — Dredging under way in the Lockwood Folly Inlet will have to be cut short this week because of needed repairs on the decades-old boat doing the work.

    Last Wednesday, July 19, the side-cast dredge Merritt and its crew arrived at the inlet to try to open a pilot channel to the ocean but were sidelined when the vessel got stuck in a shoal.

  • Beware of Portuguese man-of-wars

    Rick Fox and his wife, Elaine, who moved to Holden Beach in February, were walking along the shoreline when they spotted this Portuguese man-of-war in the surf at low tide about 4 p.m. Monday. “My wife had never seen one before and thought it was a toy. I told her not to touch it because I had seen them in the Caribbean and knew their sting was dangerous,” Rick said. “I was not aware they would come this far north. Everyone needs to know to stay away from them.”

  • Green Swamp restoration begins

    Drivers on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County should not be surprised in the coming weeks to see logging at The Nature Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve. The Nature Conservancy is beginning a multi-year project to restore its Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County.

    The end goal is to recreate the robust longleaf forest savannas that existed before Europeans made their mark on the landscape. The conservancy recently signed a contract with Canal Woods LLC to conduct the restoration.

  • Officials: Agencies act to keep drinking water safe

    BOLIVIA — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Wilmington on Monday announcing efforts to eliminate the chemical GenX from the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, an action sought during a public forum last week.

    “I look for the state to step forward and provide an authoritative voice and provide information to the citizens,” Brunswick County commissioner Randy Thompson said during the July 19 forum at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Two towns lack enough candidates to fill open seats

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County’s two-week election filing period for 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees ended at noon Friday, July 21, but not enough candidates filed to seek all the open seats in Calabash and Bolivia in November’s election.

    Three Calabash commissioner seats are up for election, but only one candidate filed.

  • Developer announces Leland Town Center plans

    One of Leland’s most prominent undeveloped properties is now under development.

    Twin Rivers Capital LLC announced plans for Leland Town Center, a 250,000-square-foot commercial space off U.S. 17 between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza.

    Andy Mitwol, development partner with Twin Rivers, said plans for the retail space are evolving, but the first phase will include a Chic-fil-A restaurant fronting U.S. 17.

  • Local crews help rescue family after their boat sinks

    Townsend and Amanda Link and their two daughters launched their beloved boat, Eliza Gray, from Holden Beach toward Shallotte Inlet in search of some fish Saturday morning.

    Everything was going smoothly until about 11 a.m. when the boat’s motor died. A dead motor meant a dead alternator and two dead batteries, too.

    Eliza Gray, a boat christened with the middle names of the Links’ two daughters, began to drift into an area with breakers coming over the back of the boat just outside Shallotte Inlet.