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Today's News

  • Court upholds insurance commissioner’s ruling

    A three-judge panel upheld the North Carolina Department of Insurance commissioner’s decision to reject a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.

    North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Douglas McCullough, Richard Dietz and John Tyson filed a decision Aug. 2 affirming the NCDOI decision.

    In January 2014, the N.C. Rate Bureau requested a 25.6 percent increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across the state.

  • Local residents now have opportunity to ‘adopt’ local cops

    TOWN CREEK — After hearing about the deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers last month, Tamie Keel knew she had to do something to show her husband, Leland police Sgt. John Keel, and other local law enforcement officers just how much their service and sacrifice mean to eastern North Carolina residents.

    On July 20, Keel posted on a Facebook page for wives of law enforcement officers about bringing the Adopt-a-Cop initiative to Brunswick County.

    “That’s all I had to do, and everybody jumped on it —‘yes,’” she said.

  • Smith receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Not much gets by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, especially when she’s running town meetings, but she was surprised when she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Aug. 9 meeting.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, under the guise of presenting a legislative update to the town board, presented the award, one of the state’s highest civilian awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina.

  • County seeks Holden Beach nature park grant funding

    Brunswick County will seek state grant funding to begin building in the Holden Beach nature park.

    Commissioners approved applying for grant funds with a split vote, 3-2, at their Aug. 1 meeting.

    In February, commissioners authorized staff to submit a pre-application grant proposal to the Division of Coastal Management.

  • How to fish deep for Spanish mackerel

    Fishing off the Brunswick County coast was difficult last week. As I stated in my column last week, a combination of wind, scarcity of baitfish and high water temperatures have directly influenced how and when fish feed off our coast. And to put this problem in its simplest form, it’s too dang hot.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 1-7, 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Aug. 1

    Drive-off investigated at Minuteman Food Mart.

    Aug. 2

    Bryan Lex Traywick, 58, of 414 Third St., arrested on charges of giving fictitious information to officer and no operator’s license.

    Aug. 6

    Jeffrey Lenue Green, 51, of 1135 Park Road, arrested on a driving while impaired charge.

    Aug. 7

  • Summer Concert Series: Band of the Week: Holiday Band funks it up Aug. 14 in Holden Beach

    Blending funk, soul, blues and Carolina beach music, The Holiday Band provides a festive audio backdrop year-round.

    The band’s been playing since 1991 when it launched in Burlington, playing 175-plus dates annually.

  • Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita resigns

    With a year left to go in his third term, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita has resigned effective Aug. 31.

    De Vita, 76, submitted a letter of resignation this past Monday, Aug. 8, to officials at Sunset Beach Town Hall, Town Administrator Susan Parker said.

    “Due to changing conditions I cannot longer (sic) devote the amount of time and energy that I feel is required to adequately represent the citizens of this community,” reads De Vita’s letter dated Aug. 7.

  • District court docket

     

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, July 25

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Brunswick County awarded FEMA funds

    Brunswick County has been awarded $15,232 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.