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Today's News

  • Ante up: Calabash raises sweepstakes fees

    CALABASH—Sweepstakes operators are concerned with the town board of commissioners’ decision to raise sweepstakes fees.

    At their monthly meeting last week, April 10, Calabash commissioners voted 3-2 to set fees of $2,500 for privilege licenses for sweepstakes establishments and $500 per sweepstakes machine, higher than the previous $200 fee.

    During public comment, Ken Knight, who is married to Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, spoke out in support of the increase.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 9-15, special operations set up checkpoints on Oxpen Road, N.C. 211, U.S. 74-76, N.C. 133 and Mount Misery Road. Deputies patrolled Calabash, Leland, Holden Beach, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, Ash and Longwood.

  • Federal grant tunes in changeover for new communication system

    LELAND—$1.36 million is coming to Brunswick County to speed up the changeover of its emergency radio communication system.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was in Leland last week to announce the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG), which includes a $360,000 county match, will allow 22 county fire departments to switch to the new Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) system.

    “This is huge,” Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said.

  • Brunswick County 911 center experiences outage

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County 911 Center experienced a brief power outage last Wednesday after an electrical storm damaged two pieces of equipment.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said two pieces of equipment at the 911 center failed around 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. Officials believe the outage was caused by a powerful electrical storm, most likely a power surge over the phone line.

    Non-emergency phone lines were also affected, Marzano said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Death investigation on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach on April 15; 74- year-old male died of natural causes.

    •Death investigation on SW Grey Bridge Road in Shallotte on April 15; 64-year-old female died of natural causes.

    •Fraud by phone on Birchbark Court in Winnabow was reported on April 13.

  • No injuries reported in school bus fire

     

    It wasn’t the type of excitement students had hoped for when they were out of classes Tuesday afternoon.

    Forty students, staff members and chaperons of Brunswick County Schools were evacuated from a bus when it caught fire.

    The Brunswick County Schools activities bus carrying Leland Middle School seventh-grade students was evacuated at the corner of George II Hwy (N.C. 87) and Funston Road in Winnabow within a matter of minutes.

  • Lady Trojans shut out North 4-0

     Sophomore Carla Zio scored three straight goals as the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 4-0 in a conference game Monday evening.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal on a shot by senior Tessa Bennett with 30 minutes left in the half. She dribbled to the left of the box and lofted the ball into the back right corner of the goal.

  • BCC sweeps doubleheader from Rockingham

     Aaron Champion threw a seven-inning four-hitter as the Brunswick Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader Saturday against Rockingham Community College, winning the first game 14-6 in seven innings and the second game 8-0 behind Champion’s four-hitter.

    Champion, a left-hander, struck out two and walked one.

    Alex Sasser was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Hill was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

  • Hole issue: Sunset Beach digging deeper for sand, tent rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Digging holes in the sand with a shovel is as common as boogie boards and sunbathing at the beach.

    But the seemingly innocuous activity has also been known to pose safety hazards.

    At its upcoming workshop at next Tuesday, April 17, Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to take a closer look at proposed amendments addressing hole-digging and “shading devices” at the beach.

    Council members have previously discussed safety issues posed by both activities.

  • Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 dedicated

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 is officially open.

    A crowd of town officials and invited guests turned out Monday for a dedication ceremony of the town’s new, second fire station at 7149 Old Georgetown Road.

    The ceremony kicked off with a welcome by Mayor Richard Cerrato and presentation of colors by Marine Corps League Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of Calabash, followed by an invocation and singing of the National Anthem.