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Today's News

  • Holden Beach makes TripAdvisor list

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is on TripAdvisor’s recently compiled list of “25 Travel Destinations with Skyrocketing Interest in 2016.”

    Ashlee Centrella, digital public relations specialist for vacation rentals through TripAdvisor, said the site this year took a look at the top destinations that saw an increased interest in vacation rentals.

    Holden Beach, she said, saw a 47 percent increase in travel interest from 2015 to 2016, putting it at No. 14 on the list.

  • Water line repair complete, voluntary water conservation ends

    Crews completed repairs Monday on a raw water main that broke in October, lifting all water restrictions that remained in place for Brunswick County Public Utilities customers.

    “We are back to normal operation,” public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

    Customers and wholesale water purchasers had been under mandatory, then voluntary water restrictions since mid-October.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue members save kitten from storm drain

    A meow from a storm grate resulted in the rescue of a kitten in Leland on Monday night.

    Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department personnel were dispatched to Fat Tony’s Italian Pub at Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 after the assistant general manager, Brook Carpenter, called to report a kitten stuck in a storm drain in the parking lot.

    She’d tried to rescue the animal herself, to no avail.

    Carpenter said she talked to an off-duty police officer in her restaurant about what to do, and he told her she would need to call 911.

  • Couple sought in Shallotte break-ins arrested in Lenoir County

    Lenior County law enforcement officers arrested Wednesday a duo wanted in a series of break-ins at a Shallotte boatyard.

    Shallotte residents April Cheyenne Long, 23, of Pigott Road, and Jamie Terell Collins, 27, of Shell Point Road, each face a felony charge of breaking and entering a boat.

  • BSL resident injured in home burglary

    A Boiling Spring Lakes resident was injured after walking in on a burglary at their home Tuesday, Nov. 29.

    The victim, who was not identified, suffered lacerations to the head and face after the burglar attacked them with a comb used to clean paintbrushes, Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

    Armel Anthony Dozier, 59, of Westwood Road in Boiling Spring Lakes, was arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny, Shirley said.

  • NCDOT launches annual customer survey

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department’s second annual customer survey. All citizen feedback will be collected online. Citizens wishing to participate can go to go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and the survey link is mobile friendly.

    The N.C. General Assembly requires the survey to gauge how the transportation department is providing great customer service. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused.

  • Election protest withdrawn at hearing

    BOLIVIA — An election protest claiming a Southport man voted in November’s general election both in Brunswick County and another state was withdrawn at a Nov. 22 hearing.

    Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Joe Agovino of Southport filed the protest Nov. 17, which delayed the completion of the Brunswick County Board of Elections’ canvass of the Nov. 8 general election results.

  • Little River UMC brings community closer with Thanksgiving meal

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — In 1993, Calvin Saunders and his late wife, Tommie, noticed something about the women of Little River United Methodist Church: many were alone and might remain alone on Thanksgiving.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes shooting ruled act of self-defense

    Boiling Spring Lakes police determined a shooting that sent a man to the hospital Nov. 25 was an act of self-defense.

    James Harold Stephens, 49, was treated for a single gunshot wound and released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Chief Brad Shirley said.

    Police responded to the shooting at 10:05 p.m. by Bett Lane and New Hanover Road, Shirley said.

    Before the shooting, 28-year-old William Christman, of Ladson, S.C., was with a group of hunters who were looking for a hunting dog near Bett Lane using a GPS device, Shirley said.

  • Brunswick County begins accepting LIEAP applications Dec. 1

    Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are at least 60 or disabled, Dec. 1.

    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.