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Today's News

  • Investigation clears officer in March fatal shooting

    The District Attorney’s Office has officially cleared an officer involved in a fatal shooting in March of any wrongdoing.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations was gathering evidence involving a child pornography investigation about 6 a.m. March 7 at the home of 28-year-old Bradley Barrett Lewis in the 9000 block of Ash Little River Road NW when the shooting happened.

  • County turns economic development over to public-private partnership

    Brunswick County officials hope the third time will be the charm for their attempt to realign economic development efforts.

    County Manager Ann Hardy proposed at the July 10 county agenda meeting that county commissioners approve a public/private nonprofit partnership to serve as an economic development organization.

    The board members will work with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation, made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Shallotte woman meets relatives after 70+ years

    SHALLOTTE — In the early 1800s, nine black brothers left England for the United States as free businessmen.

    Upon arriving in the United States, the Nowlin brothers fanned out throughout the United States in places like North Carolina, Virginia and as far away as Texas to make a name for themselves.

  • Community input sought for Lincoln Elementary addition

    Design work for Brunswick County Schools bond projects is under way and meetings to gather public input on the first round of construction are being scheduled.

  • Municipal election filings continue until noon Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees continues through noon Friday, July 21, after opening at noon July 7.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

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    Mayor Andy Sayre filed July 7 to run for re-election.

  • Calabash hops to adopt ‘brunch bill’ for Sunday morning alcohol sales

    The Seafood Capital last week became the first municipality in southwestern Brunswick County to approve the “brunch bill,” a measure that will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

    Calabash commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance at their July 11 meeting. The measure is tied to state Senate Bill 155, which was approved in Raleigh in late June and gives local governments the option to decide whether to allow their restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • Bolivia man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Bolivia man.

    John Michael Dreelin, 68, was last seen July 1 in the 1600 block of Midway Road. He is described as a white man with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair who may suffer from dementia. He may be driving a silver 2005 Ford Escape SUV with the North Carolina license plate DEL6353.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brandon Fuller 398-5335 or 911.

  • Charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire chief dropped

    Misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig were dropped July 10 in New Hanover County District Court after he paid restitution to the Wilmington man who filed the charges.

    “It speaks for itself,” Herzig said of the case. “You can take out a warrant on anybody in North Carolina. It’s unfortunate.”

    Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington who filed the self-initiated warrant Feb. 28, was not satisfied with the outcome.

  • OIB accepts land donation to add to beach

    Ocean Isle Beach officials accepted a donation of almost 19 acres of beachfront property following a closed session discussion at the July 10 town meeting.

    The five donated parcels stretch 2.4 miles along the coast but are only about 30 yards wide.

    They sit between oceanfront lots and the beach strand and are mostly plant-covered sand dunes with numerous wooden decks and beach access walkways built overtop.