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Today's News

  • UPDATE: Couple reported missing found safe

    A couple reported missing Saturday morning has been found safe, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon.

    Theresa Michelle Haley, 31, and Rocky Lane Hewett II, 38, walked from 2780 Pond Way in Shallotte just after midnight Saturday and were seen about an hour later walking together on Shell Point Road.

    The sheriff's office didn't say where or when exactly they were found.

  • ‘No parking’ signs added on Leland streets

    LELAND — Town staff are following through on enforcing a parking ordinance along Leland’s streets by installing “no parking” signs throughout town, which has finally gotten the attention of residents.

    At the town board’s agenda meeting April 18, commissioners discussed whether the wave of signs was too much enforcement all at once.

  • Coleman’s Original Calabash Restaurant closing for good

    CALABASH — Less than three years after a fire followed by a rebuild, landmark Coleman’s Original Calabash Restaurant is closing its doors.

    “Through three generations, and after 77 years of proudly serving our loyal customers on the beautiful banks of the Calabash River, we are heartbroken to announce that our family business is pending sale and that we are letting go of a piece of storied Calabash tradition,” reads a message posted last Saturday, April 15, on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

  • FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force gets first conviction

    A Wilmington man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison April 12 for distributing heroin and fentanyl represents the first conviction for the recently formed FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    District Judge Malcolm J. Howard also sentenced 38-year-old Troy Ahkeen Wilson to five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • Tap, tasting rooms approved as accessory use in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved an amendment to allow tap and tasting rooms as accessory uses in retail establishments.

    Approval at the town board’s April 11 meeting relates to two recent proposals.

    Coastal Craft Beverage Co. has proposed establishing a retail store in vacant, leased space at 10080 Beach Drive, which previously housed a pharmacy, then a drive-thru sandwich shop.

  • Novant lifts visitor restrictions

    As of Tuesday, April 18, at 7 a.m., all Novant Health facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, lifted the visitor restrictions that were put in place Feb. 24.

    During the height of this flu season, Novant Health asked the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all its hospital facilities. As a result of the declining number of flu cases seen over the past few weeks, these restrictions have been lifted, according to a news release.

  • State grant covers county water line repair

    Brunswick County has recovered its costs spent to repair the raw water main damaged by Hurricane Matthew in the fall 2016 through a state grant program.

    An announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office April 4 identified the first seven counties receiving Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, with Brunswick County receiving $1,217,343.

  • Five face cocaine trafficking charges after Leland traffic stop

    Five people face cocaine trafficking charges after a traffic stop April 10 in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Agents with the sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Unit stopped a vehicle about 5 p.m. on Green Hill Road. A canine found about 4 grams of crack cocaine during a search of the vehicle.

    Agents later searched a Roberson County residence where they seized two firearms and $11,000 in cash.

  • Gypsy moth treatments planned near Bolivia

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon start treating a gypsy moth infestation on 774 acres near Bolivia in Brunswick County. Treatment is expected to start about April 11, depending on weather conditions and insect development, and continue into early May.

    Two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki (Btk) will be made five to 10 days apart using a low-flying helicopter. Btk is not harmful to humans, plants or animals, except small caterpillars.

  • BCC tobacco-free policy to take effect July 1

    Brunswick Community College has long awaited the implementation of its tobacco-free policy, which has been in the works since 2008 when faculty senate made a formal request to the president.