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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach to get $3 million in sewer stimulus funds

    Sunset Beach is among towns slated to receive stimulus money to help with its wastewater treatment project.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles noted in a recent press release $3 million from the second round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards is earmarked for Sunset Beach.

    In addition, $3 million has been granted to the city of Southport for an additional pump station/force main to its wastewater treatment plant, and another $3 million to the town of Burgaw for wastewater system improvements.

  • Shallotte awards bids for fire truck, town hall additions

    Shallotte has awarded bids for a new fire pumper truck and additions and improvements to town hall.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board approved fire chief Paul Dunwell’s recommendation to award the $276,553 contract to Ferrara Fire Apparatus, which provides equipment to departments in Horry County, S.C., Dunwell said.

  • You can’t fix stupid, but you can throw money at it

    When you’re talking about nearly $800 billion, what’s another $18 million? That’s not even enough to cover the interest—spend it.

    I would venture the previous statement sums up the entire thought process that went into the decision to spend nearly $18 million over the next six years to revamp recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks where and how stimulus money is being spent.

    Adding insult to injury, taxpayers are actually footing the $18 million bill just so they can see where their stimulus money is being spent.

  • Kids spend a day at the fishing derby

    On Saturday more than 70 kids participated in the Kids Fishing Derby at the Oak Island Pier. The event was sponsored by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department.

    Kids were given awards for the largest fish, smallest fish, skinnest fish, ugliest fish, shiniest fish and most fish caught. Those who did not catch any fish were able to participate in a drawing for prizes. The prizes awarded included fishing rods with popular themes such as Cars, Batman, Barbie, Hannah Montana and Superman.

  • Decision on grievance made; board refuses to release details

    BOLIVIA—After meeting in three closed sessions in the past three weeks to discuss a grievance filed against Superintendent Katie McGee by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant, the Brunswick County Board of Education has reached a decision.

    But they won’t say what it is.

    After coming out of a four-hour closed session at a specially called meeting Thursday night, board chairwoman Shirley Babson said she could not release information on the board’s decision citing personnel laws.

  • Fire departments respond to overturned boat call

    The Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a report of an overturned boat on the east end of the Sunset Beach at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. They later found that the boat’s owner was already safe on shore.

    Two responders from Sunset Beach and one from Ocean Isle were injured during the search for the boater, according to Sunset Beach Assistant Chief Scott Bookout, but have recovered.

  • Shallotte and Supply fires spark investigations

    Two "suspicious fires" are under further investigation, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    A residential fire on Market Street in Wildwood Village in Shallotte is being investigated, after a suspect threw an unknown fuel on the back of the house Friday. According to the incident report, the fire caused $200 worth of damage to the wood siding.

    On Sunday, a suspect set fire to objects in the back of a truck located at a residence on Alvin Street in Supply, causing $500 worth of damage to the 1985 Chevy pick-up.

  • 'The Music Man' to open Aug. 7, run for two weekends

    Directors of Brunswick Little Theatre’s “The Music Man” set three goals for the 67-person musical cast during a recent rehearsal: act with energy, minimize outside conversation and go through every scene without stopping.

    The cast seemed ready to tackle their instructions and launched into a quick run-through of the song “Ya Got Trouble” before starting the scene from the top.

  • Calabash fire chief resigns after serving nearly a year

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker has resigned.

    Naecker’s resignation officially took effect last Friday, July 24.

    Naecker, 58, was appointed interim chief to fill the department’s leadership vacancy last Aug. 1 after longtime department Chief Karl Bennett announced retirement plans. Naecker officially became chief of the department in December.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge said he didn’t know Naecker’s reasons for resigning.

  • Aquarium filled to gills with camp, other summer activities

    If camp is under way, it must be summertime at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The state aquarium is just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    Summer activities on tap have included junior naturalists, animal keepers and coastal crusaders camps for children and teens (advance fees and registration required).

    Day visitors of all ages are offered a chance to experience the sights and sounds of “The Waters of the Cape Fear,” from freshwater streams and swamps to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean.