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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach reduces rollback fine from $50 to $25

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved reducing the town’s garbage roll-back violation fine from $50 to $25.

    Council members voted in favor of the reduction at their monthly meeting Monday night, drawing applause from residents in attendance in the town meeting room.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott proposed the reduction during council’s 6:45 p.m. draft agenda review session that preceded the meeting.

  • Hey, y’all, student scholarships are main course for Deen’s Oct. 15 visit to BCC

    Excitement is stirring the fall air in anticipation of Southern cooking queen Paula Deen’s approaching visit to Brunswick Community College.

    The fundraising event, with proceeds to benefit the Foundation at Brunswick Community College, will feature Deen in a meet-and-greet with the public next Saturday, Oct. 15, on BCC’s main campus in Supply.

    Deen will be the featured guest at a VIP luncheon and will also entertain, judge and answer questions afterward at a chef’s cook-off at Odell Williamson Auditorium from 1-2 p.m. 

  • Town events site still being debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner John Russo says the town has never celebrated a national or patriotic holiday, which he says is the idea behind having a town events center.

    A facility like that would enable the town and its residents to do so, he said, speaking at Monday’s town commissioners workshop.

    Every other town around them celebrates one of those holidays, he said.

    “We should be able to do one or two,” he said. “That would be a starting point to see if people are willing to want to celebrate our freedom.”

  • 'Back to school' means it's time to shine and shuttle before the sun

    If I had to go back to school, I’d probably be tardy.

    For one thing, I’d probably miss the bus, assuming I’d be returning to elementary school.

    These days, Brunswick County students in grades K-through-5 literally have to rise before the chickens in order to catch the bus. This means their devoted parents have to awaken even earlier if they hope to raise up those kids right and get them dressed and fed before the big yellow bus swings by well before sunrise o’clock.

  • ‘Project Soccer’ likely to choose S.C. location

    BOLIVIA—Though the final selection has yet to be announced, officials say it doesn’t look good for Brunswick County to be home to “Project Soccer.”

    Believed to be the German tire manufacturer, Continental Tire, according to Associated Press reports, N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon said Brunswick County’s hopes to be selected as the site were “pretty much over.”

  • Congress OKs extension for flood insurance program until Nov. 18

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has temporarily extended The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Nov. 18.

    The program was set to expire Sept. 30, and if the program lapses in November, the National Association of Realtors estimate 1,300 potential real estate closings per day could be delayed or stopped across the country.

    On Sept. 26, members of the U.S. Senate passed a temporary extension of the program until Nov. 18 by a 79-to-12-vote margin.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice narcotics unit is made up of agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    •Fred Wilson Pittman III, 27, of 1734 Green Pine Drive, Supply, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Mark Alexander Battles, 40, of 4808 Apt. A Port Loop Road, Southport, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Flu shot clinics under way in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department began its flu shot program Sept. 24, and public health officials say the program is in full swing.

    Fred Michael, deputy health director, said this year is the first time in about five years the health department has taken flu shots to so many different locations in the community.

    The health department is also allowing walk-ins with no appointments this year, Michael said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Death investigation on Carlon Road in Longwood; victim was fatally shot.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon and robbery on Ruby Way in Shallotte; suspect pointed a gun to victim’s head and stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet.

  • Commissioners OK starring role for former hospital

    BOLIVIA—What once starred as Brunswick Community Hospital will have a different starring role in an upcoming feature film.

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Vertebra Newman Film Co. to use the vacant hospital facility on U.S. 17 in Supply to film “Arthur Newman, Golf Pro,” between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the film company agreed to pay the county $2,000 per day of filming at the hospital, and $500 per day for set-up and breakdown of the movie sets.