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Today's News

  • Water quality swimming alert lifted for Sunset Beach

    The state Division of Environmental Health today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County.

    Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

  • A moment of silence for the passing of a name that sparked a dance revolution

    You know you’ve done it.

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the classic Village People song “YMCA” at a sporting event, wedding or the local karaoke bar are genetically programmed to start singing along and making the letters with their arms.

    Most of us have come to terms with this predisposition and have stopped fighting it. We’ll start awkwardly flailing our arms the minute we hear the first notes of the song coming over the speakers.

  • Two arrested for breaking and entering at Leland home

    LELAND—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two suspects involved in a residential breaking and entering in Leland Wednesday evening.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a man returned to his Lincoln Road home around 4 p.m. to find two male suspects leaving his residence with his single-barrel 12-guage shotgun. The man immediately called 911, and deputies responded to the Lincoln Road home.

  • Robbery at Long's Garage

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at Long's Garage on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte this morning.

    Law enforcement officers were interviewing the employees and roping off the area with crime-scene tape at about 9 a.m.

    Garage owner James Long said he didn't see the thief. He left the front office for a moment, and when he came back inside a customer handed him some money, thinking someone had dropped it. Long then noticed the business's money box, containing $1,200, had been turned over and all the money taken out.

  • Economy forces founder to put SOAR pet shelter up for sale

    Jeannine Friday-Bicknell hoped it wouldn’t come to this.

    But the economy is forcing the founder of Southport /Oak Island Animal Rescue to put the three-acre nonprofit, no-kill facility up for sale.

    Financially, SOAR is in terrible shape, Friday-Bicknell said this week.

    As the economy has floundered in recent years, she said she continued to put $50,000 toward the facility to pay for its upkeep, pet care and workers’ salaries.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt UDO ordinance

    CALABASH—After four years of review and revision, the town board of commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved adopting a new Unified Development Ordinance.

    The board approved a resolution for the new code of ordinances that compose the UDO as a “standalone land development document,” as discussed at a June 22 hearing.

  • Board presented with a 400-signature petition to keep principal

    Despite showing up with 400 signatures of people requesting Patricia Rourk remain principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, a personnel list released Tuesday night by the Brunswick County Board of Education showed no sign of her return.

  • New West Brunswick High School principal announced

    BOLIVIA—Students at West Brunswick High School will walk into school on Aug. 25 and see a new face behind the principal’s desk.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education named Jamal Woods as principal Tuesday night. Woods begins work July 19.

    “I’m just excited to be down here, and I look forward to working with the West Brunswick community,” Woods said.

  • Town adopts draft water shortage response plan, now accepting public comment

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have adopted a draft water shortage response plan. They are now asking the public to review the document at town hall and make comments before the final draft is adopted.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, commissioners unanimously adopted the draft, which includes several stages of shortage response including voluntary reductions, mandatory reductions, emergency reductions and water rationing in the event of a water shortage.

  • Supply man arrested for stealing truck, appliances

    A Supply man was arrested Tuesday for stealing a truck with more than $11,000 worth of appliances in it.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives responded to the Kangaroo at 16 Ocean Highway West around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, when someone reported a stolen truck.

    Stanley said the truck, which is owned by Crossroads Appliances, had about $11,351 worth of appliances in the truck bed when it was stolen.