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Today's News

  • Emergency services drills set for this week

    Brunswick County Emergency Services officials have large-scale disaster training drills scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Saturday, complete with demolitions.

    Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, emergency officials will begin to demolish a home on Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach as part of the drill. The site of the demolition will be 6776 Ocean Highway West.

    Around 9 a.m. Thursday, emergency officials will demolish a second home, at 2968 Frontage Road NW in Shallotte.

  • Man charged in alcohol-related boating collision

    A Bolivia man has been charged with careless and negligent operation of a boat and operating a boat while impaired after an alcohol-related boat collision on the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach sent several people to the hospital.

    According to Coast Guard Petty Officer David Burr of the Oak Island station, at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, two boats collided, one containing a family of three, heading northbound and another, which was going in the opposite direction.

  • TEA Party draws crowd in D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Give me liberty, not debt” was among signs raised as a crowd of 2,000 gathered for a TEA Party in front of the U.S. Capitol on the Fourth of July.

    The TEA Party—an acronym for Taxed Enough Already—has been one of dozens staged around the country, a rally for participants protesting rampant federal spending.

  • Winning art showcased in Franklin Square Gallery summer show

    Franklin Square Gallery’s Summer Regional Show focused on artists of both Carolinas this year and attracted an array of new paintings and pottery produced throughout the region.

    The juried exhibit is on display until July 18 at Southport’s historic cooperative gallery.

    Exhibition co-chairs Nancy Schulte and Ann Thompson announced winners at an artists’ reception on Tuesday evening, June 23.

    Best in show went to Kate Legaly for her watercolor “Subaqueous.”

  • Ocean Isle celebrates in style

    Ocean Isle Beach celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with its annual parade of patriotism and neighborhood pride Sunday, July 5.

     

  • Realtors see increase in activity; buyers seeking deals

    Brunswick County Realtors sold more homes in May than April, and the latest reports from local real estate agents indicate an unusually busy summer.

    Most agents agree potential homebuyers are still looking for deals such as foreclosures and short sales, and buyers and sellers are, in some cases, meeting in the middle.

    In April, agents sold 141 homes in Brunswick County. That number grew to 170 in May, a decrease of two from May 2008, according to the latest information from the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

  • Calabash OKs sewer not to exceed $5,500 per parcel

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously approved the entire Calabash wastewater treatment collection project Monday at an assessment fee not to exceed $5,500 per lot.

    Residents will be able to pay sewer assessments during a 10-year period.

    Commissioners also approved transferring appropriated funds of $350,000 from the town’s capital-project Fund 65 for sewer expansion to reduce assessment fees to Calabash property owners.

    The vote came at the end of a specially called meeting Monday that lasted two and a half hours.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve November referendum, contract for assistant administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to set a November referendum on changing the town’s form of government.

    A majority of commissioners also voted to negotiate a contract for assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The referendum is the result of a petition signed by 830 registered voters that was presented to the board of commissioners at their monthly workshop Monday morning.

    That number exceeded the required 10 percent or 275 voter signatures required to have a referendum.

  • Planning board to take another look at island setbacks

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week voted to review proposed property setbacks in the island business district and get input from citizens.

    Some of that input came at the July 2 meeting, when island business owners outlined the challenges of trying to operate in the spaces they have.

    In June, the board approved a proposal to increase rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

  • McLambs to chair LCF Hospice campaign

    W.J. and Sibyl McLamb will serve as Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter chairs of the Closer to Home capital campaign. The campaign will raise funds to build a seven-bed inpatient hospice care center for Brunswick County patients and families.

    The McLambs were touched by the hospice care their loved one received by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

    “The time has come for Brunswick County to have its own hospice care center, and the people of Brunswick County deserve to have an inpatient care center closer to home,” Sibyl McLamb said.