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Today's News

  • Blue Notes and Blue Magic light up Father’s Day concert stage June 18 at BCCOWA

    Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department June 1-3 2016

    Sunset Beach Police Department

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

    June 1

    Larceny of edger and blower reported on Wyndfall DriveJune 3

    Forged prescription, obtaining by false pretense reported at CVS.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs revised proof of ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The town planning board has approved a revised text amendment for a proof of ownership requirement for new permits.

    Approval of the Unified Development Ordinance change came at the board’s June 2 meeting following a presentation by town GIS planner Richard Hathcock, who conducted the meeting following the recent resignation of town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard.

  • Calabash Fire Department May 2016

    During the month of May, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 137 calls: three structure fires, a woods/brush fire, four fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, two gas leaks, two investigations, 12 public assistance calls, an other and 107 EMS first response calls.

  • Sunset Beach hires lobbyist as Senate Bill 875 advances in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to help fight Senate Bill 875, which passed the state Senate on final reading last week and first reading in the House in Raleigh on Monday night.

  • Accidents call attention to watercraft safety

    The unofficial start of summer this year had not even gotten under way Memorial Day weekend when we reported our first seasonal tragedy in Brunswick County this year.

    The deaths of 51-year-old John Wernowsky of Acworth, Ga., and his 10-year-old son, Jake, who were riding a Jet Ski together when they died in Sunset Beach, happened May 27, less than a week before 24-year-old Brian Willis, of Cleveland, Ohio, was injured in a Jet Ski accident in Ocean Isle Beach on June 2.

  • Cyclists’ conundrum cause for cynicism

    A well-intentioned news release issued last week by the state Department of Transportation, which should have brought a smile to my face, instead brought out the grouch in me.

    It began: “A summertime bike ride is a great chance to get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful scenery. As part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to recreation opportunities, the state is working to make sure that cyclists can ride safely this summer.”

  • You decide: How can we boost economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Energy efficiencies

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Consider the energy and manpower wasted in running and repairing aging chillers, boilers, air handlers and lighting systems. Add the energy lost from every leaky window, every outdated control and every high-volume toilet and faucet. The waste is astounding. To compound matters, poor indoor environmental quality is produced by the poor ventilation, over-ventilation and humidity control issues in buildings that produce this waste. Energy waste equates to financial waste.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.