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Today's News

  • 'Phased' tree removal approved for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has approved a tree-removal permit for Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club, with a few stipulations.

    Town Administrator Mike Hargett said the permit issued March 26 outlines “general and specific conditions” for tree removal in a phased manner. Each phase will require specific written approval by the town tree committee.

  • Fire department cooking up training at old eatery

    CALABASH—Somebody has been beating up on the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant building.

    Several somebodies, in fact. The Calabash Fire Department has been using the former eatery for weekly fire training.

    During training most Monday nights, the department has been chopping roof holes for ventilation training, making entries with hoses, breaching walls, using ropes and smoking up the building with smoke machines. Just a few months ago, smoking wasn’t even allowed in the building when it was still a restaurant.

  • Brunswick native to speak about book and organ donation

    CALABASH—The date is forever etched in Terri Godwin’s mind—June 12, 2002.

    That’s the day she and her older sister, Natasha, both underwent surgery at Duke University Medical Center, the day one of Terri’s kidneys was deftly removed to give to her ailing sister.

    “There were a lot of emotions,” says Terri. “But we also had a lot of prayer. It really helped us get through.”

    Nearly 10 years later, both sisters are alive and thriving.

  • West baseball loses for first time in conference

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost for the first time in the conference this season, falling 5-4 to Whiteville on April 3.

    Jesse Simmons and Markel Jones hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the third inning for the Trojans (6-1), but Whiteville scored all of its runs on home runs: Jacob Long hit a three-run home run, Zack Brown followed with a home run with two outs in the first inning and winning pitcher Hunter Smith hit was proved to be the winning home run in the fifth inning.

  • West baseball loses for first time in conference

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost for the first time in the conference this season, falling 5-4 to Whiteville on April 3.

    Jesse Simmons and Markel Jones hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the third inning for the Trojans (6-1), but Whiteville scored all of its runs on home runs: Jacob Long hit a three-run home run, Zack Brown followed with a home run with two outs in the first inning and winning pitcher Hunter Smith hit was proved to be the winning home run in the fifth inning.

  • Commissioners approve amended request for non-emergency transports

    BOLIVIA—About six times each day Brunswick County ambulances transport non-emergency patients.

    That number doesn’t include the emergency calls they also respond to.

    For more than 20 years, Supply-based Ameritech provided private ambulance services—specifically non-emergency transportation services in Brunswick County—until Feb. 27, when they significantly scaled back services.

    Since that time, Brunswick County EMS has picked up those patients for a total of about 194 non-emergency transports.

  • County planning board denies landfill expansion permit

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted five votes to two last Thursday to deny the county’s request to expand its construction and demolition landfill near Bolivia.

    After months of hearings, which included testimony for and against the proposed landfill expansion, board members denied the county’s request for a special exception permit to expand the current construction and demolition landfill at a called meeting Thursday, March 29.

  • State senator among candidates for GOP nomination to challenge McIntyre

    When the Republican majority in the General Assembly drew the new congressional districts for North Carolina last year, David Rouzer, it seemed, drew big-name endorsements before the ink on the maps had even dried.

    Rouzer, a two-term state senator representing Johnston and Wayne counties, was drawn into a newly formed District 7, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. McIntyre, who lives in Lumberton, was drawn out of the district, but federal election law allows him to still run for his seat.

  • Ilario Pantano looking for second chance to challenge McIntyre

    Before running for Congress the first time in 2010, Ilario Pantano was a U.S. Marine, a small business owner, an author and even worked for Goldman Sachs.

    The native New Yorker enlisted in the U.S. Marines after high school, where he served in Operation Desert Storm.

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Pantano rejoined the Marines, this time as an officer, and he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pantano made national headlines in 2004, when he was charged with the murder of two insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.

  • Randy Crow draws laughter, applause at recent GOP debate

    SUPPLY—As far as Randy Crow is concerned, everything that’s wrong in the U.S. can be tied back to the Federal Reserve.

    During a congressional debate last week in Brunswick County, Crow said he would not vote to increase the debt ceiling.

    “Basically, everything that is a problem in this country, as far as I’m concerned, is tied to the Federal Reserve,” Crow said. “As y’all may or may not know, the Federal Reserve is a private corporation that is owned by some individuals that are very rich.