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Today's News

  • Fire fee increases are worth our safety

    Brunswick County may be one of the largest counties in North Carolina, but it is no different than the 99 other counties when it comes to the state of fire and rescue services. All counties have fewer volunteers than before, but more costs to provide fire protection.

  • Showcasing, sustaining local businesses pays dividends

    Early returns show this past Saturday’s inaugural Live.Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo in Ocean Isle Beach was a rousing success. The free event, presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, featured 70 vendors — with many offering souvenirs, raffles and giveaways — plus goody bags for the first 150 people and the option to register for a door prize.

    As a new chamber board member and having assisted with the chamber’s home and garden show two years ago, I played a minor role on the committee that put together this expo.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed bills affecting our community colleges, we received the governor’s budget, and we continued our planning for the House and Senate budgets.

  • On Campus with BCC: BCC gears up for reaffirmation of accreditation

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College has started preparing for its decennial review process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    BCC is set to be reaffirmed in 2019, but much work is already under way to get all the needed documentation ready and roll out the red carpet for the SACSCOC onsite visitors coming in fall 2018.

  • Sheriff’s officer’s actions justified in shooting involving Ash man

    Investigators determined an Ash man injured in a shooting at his home Tuesday morning was not shot by a Brunswick County sheriff’s officer.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 28-March 2, 2017

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

    Feb. 28

    Larceny of a motor vehicle from Sea Trail later found burnt in South Carolina.

    March 2

    Jeffrey Cameron McLeod, 43, of Emerillon Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on charges of larceny and drunk and disruptive.

  • Calabash Fire Department February 2017

    During the month of February 2017, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 190 calls: eight structure fires, six fire alarms, 11 motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, one investigation, 29 public assistance calls and 134 EMS first-response calls.

  • Another orange alligator washes up

    Chalk up another orange alligator roaming the Carolinas. Gary “Zap” Ceponis recently snapped photos of yet another Cheetos-hued gator on the bank of a retention pond behind his house in Winding River Plantation.

    When he first shot photos on Feb. 23, Ceponis said it was a small alligator about two-and-a-half to three feet long. When he saw the gator again on March 1, Ceponis said the reptile appeared to be losing some of its orange color.

  • Clark graduates from basic

     Air Force Airman Harvey D. Clark Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland inTexas.

    Clark completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Learning about listeriosis

     A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. Unlike many things you read on the Internet, this one was a true. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called listeria. The food-borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.