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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach council adopts new budget for 2011-2012

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council officially adopted a $5.8 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, which takes effect this coming Friday, July 1, and calls for a 10.5-cent ad valorem tax rate per $100 of valuation.

    According to a statement and figures issued by town budget officer Donna Rogers, the revenue-neutral rate for the town would be 12.5 cents based on general property reappraisal for the town. The rate that was adopted represents an increase from the property tax rate of 9 cents for fiscal year 2010-2011.

  • Winning Daytime Emmy just another day of drama for Calabash restaurateurs' daughter

    She was born Laura Sisk, which is a cool name, especially the “Laura” part.

    Then she got married and became Laura Wright, the name more famously connected with Wright’s eventual stardom playing villainous Carly Corinthos-Jacks on ABC-TV’s “General Hospital.”

    On June 19, Wright won the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. It was her first Daytime Emmy Award.

  • Former Sunset Beach chief building inspector resigns state board, surrenders certificates

    Former Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis has resigned a state board and surrendered certificates earned over the years.

    Curtis has resigned his seat on the state Code Officials Qualification Board effective immediately, according to Kerry Hall, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal.

    Hall said Curtis also surrendered all of his certificates qualifying him for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire inspections work as of July 1.

  • Fourth of July festivities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated with all the bells, whistles and fireworks.

    The annual Ocean Isle Beach POA Fourth of July parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Monday.

    The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival Parade is set for 11 a.m. in Southport, accompanied by all-day food vendors, arts and crafts, and other events (see www.nc4thofjuly.com). Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

    Calabash festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Monday on the waterfront at Oak Street beside Capt. John’s Seafood House. Highlights include food vendors and old-fashioned games.

  • Detectives search for armed robbery suspect

    SUNSET BEACH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an Ocean Isle Beach man wanted for armed robbery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said the suspect is wanted for an armed robbery at a convenient store in Sunset Beach earlier this month.

    On Tuesday, June 7, a suspect entered the Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road, pointed a gun at the store clerk and demanded money from the business, Stanley said.

  • West places three on first-team all-conference in baseball

     Waccamaw Conference baseball coaches selected three West Brunswick High School players to the all-conference first team: seniors Hunter Allen, Trey Brown and Bruce Clewis.

    Allen, a senior shortstop, batted .393 with 18 RBIs and one home run. He also led the team in hits (33).  He struck out two times in 84 at-bats. He stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. He was part of six double plays and his fielding average was .935.

  • Brandon Rankin getting NFL attention

     West Brunswick graduate Brandon Rankin enters his senior season of football this fall as a defensive lineman/end for Washington State University, and NFL teams are assessing his talent—even from high school coaches.

  • West Darlings advance to Dixie Softball state tourney

    The West Brunswick Darlings have advanced to the North Carolina Dixie Softball state tournament.

    The Darlings (7- and 8-year-olds) qualified by winning the District 9 tourney over the weekend in Tabor City. The Darlings won a district that included Town Creek, Leland, South Columbus, East Columbus and Lockwood Folly.

  • Brunswick included in governor-declared state of emergency

    Brunswick County is one of 29 eastern North Carolina counties included in a declaration of emergency issued by N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue.

    On Saturday, Perdue signed Executive Order 94, which declared a state of emergency for 29 eastern counties because of the wildfires already burning and the threat of continued and dry conditions.

    There have been no confirmed wildfires in Brunswick County, though Brunswick County remains under state and local burn bans.

  • May unemployment numbers a mixed bag across the state

    RALEIGH—State unemployment numbers for May were released Friday, and Brunswick County saw a slight dip into a singe-digit unemployment rate.

    Statewide, just under half of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw decreased rates in May, according to statistics released Friday morning by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The statewide unemployment rate was 9.7 percent for May.

    May unemployment rates decreased in 40 counties, stayed the same in 16 counties and increased in 44 counties, according to ESC statistics.