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Today's News

  • Calabash entertains idea of seafood festival

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have unanimously approved investigating the possibility of having a seafood festival next spring.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting July 14 following a presentation by Helen Kapalka, a member of the town’s community services committee.

  • Candidate filing ends for November elections

    A handful of candidates, including a number of incumbents, waited until the final day of the filing period to run for office in the November municipal election.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. The filing period opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6 and ended at noon Friday, July 17.

    The end of the filing period also showed a small number of elected officials chose not to seek re-election.

  • Mothers, children benefit from community baby shower

     SHALLOTTE — As a certified nursing assistant in the labor and delivery department at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Lauren Haigler sees mothers almost every day who may not have what they need — diapers, wipes, formula, clothes and car seats — when they leave the hospital.

    Mothers could receive all of those things at more at the inaugural Brunswick Baby Shower, which Haigler hosted Saturday, July 18, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte.

    The large turnout surprised Haigler, who began organizing the event just six weeks ago.

  • Holden Beach seeks NCDOT crosswalks, votes down $500,000 toilets

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach staff sought help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the town’s crosswalks after receiving complaints about deficient pavement markings, signs and maintenance.

    But according to the NCDOT, the town improperly created crosswalks at every beach access — 24 in all — along Ocean Boulevard.

    Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, updated commissioners about the issue during their July 14 meeting.

  • Two men face sex crime charges in Brunswick County

     Two men accused of sex crimes face felony charges in Brunswick County.

    Sheriff’s office detectives arrested 26-year-old Brandon Lamar Stevenson of Bolivia on Sunday, July 20, and charged him with second-degree rape and second-degree sexual offense. A warrant shows the crimes occurred the same day as the arrest.

    Stevenson is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail, jail records show.

  • Data show significant increase in county housing market

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s total number of residential real estate sales, average selling price and dollar volume reached their highest point of the year so far, Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in a June 16 news release. BCAR also reported the highest number of units sold and highest dollar volume in one month since 2010.

  • Supply man charged with felony drug violations

     A Supply man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after being arrested on drug charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 28-year-old Corey Alexander Morgan on July 15 and charged him with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and four misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, jail records show.

    Morgan was in possession of 150 bindles of heroin at the time of his arrest, warrants show.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs changes

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved changes updating members’ duties and responsibilities as well as those of the town board of adjustment.

    Unanimous approval of the town-initiated amendments to the unified development ordinance (UDO) came at the board’s July 16 meeting.

    Town planning director Rawls Howard said town staff reviewed Articles 3 and 4 of the town UDO related to the enabling authority of the boards and updated language to reflect changes in state statutes regarding the boards’ powers, authority and procedures.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for pesticide thief

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating those involved in a larceny from a farm in Leland on Thursday, July 16.

    At 3:45 a.m., someone went onto Ag-Mart Farms property on Blue Banks Loop Road and stole $25,000 in herbicides and pesticides, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday, July 17.

    Detectives think the thieves were driving full-size, white GMC truck with chrome rims with a dual-axle trailer.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Bright at 616-6240.

  • Four steps to catching Spanish mackerel