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Today's News

  • Fort Fisher commemorates 144th anniversary of Second Battle

    KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • 300 run in Ocean Isle Beach charity event

    More than 300 runners participated Saturday morning in the fifth annual Run For Food, a race sponsored by the South Brunswick Interchurch Council.

    Last year, in 31-degree weather, 210 runners competed. Saturday morning, in 52-degree weather and under a sunny sky, 137 runners competed in the 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles) and 175 competed in the half-marathon (13 miles).

  • Those crazy rules of golf—Learn all about them or be sorry

    If you’ve played golf for as many years as I have, you’ve learned that the Rules of Golf are a strange and wonderful thing.

    The game of golf is played over miles of grass, deep holes that contain sand, ponds that contain water and swamps that contain snakes and alligators. There are rivers, creeks, bridges, bulkheading, forests, paved cartpaths, bushes and shrubs on a golf course.

  • Speak out about proposed insurance rate increases

    Recently, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners decided it would join other coastal county officials in a fight against newly approved homeowners’ insurance rates.

  • Easley’s last Booze it and Lose it nets more than 4,000 DWI arrests

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, who was succeeded as governor by Bev Perdue on Saturday, announced the last statewide driving while impaired campaign under his direction netted than 4,000 driving while impaired arrests.

    In addition to 4,430 driving while impaired citations issued during the holiday “Booze it & Lose it” campaign, law enforcement officers also issued more than 155,000 traffic and criminal citations.

    The holiday campaign ran from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.

  • Men sought in Sunset Beach sexual assault

    SUNSET BEACH—Three men are in custody and more are sought in connection with the sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman on the Sunset Beach island.

    Ray Mundo Romero Cruz, 35, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Genaro Castillo Solis, 24, of Lancaster, S.C., are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia, each on $300,000 bond.

    Also in custody in Rock Hill is Willie Alfredo, 24, of Rock Hill. As soon as Alfredo waives extradition, he will be brought to Brunswick County, Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Calabash board says no to setback variance

    CALABASH—A town board has nixed a business owner’s request for a variance near the waterfront.

    The Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment last week rejected a request by Bob Taylor, owner of the Calabash Fishing Fleet, 9945 Nance St., for a 7-foot variance in the required 10-foot rear setback.

    Taylor sought the variance for a 3-foot setback as he seeks to build a stand-alone restroom to be used by customers of his boating business and another business, Waterfront Ice Cream & Coffee House.

  • Emergency personnel pay tribute to colleague, teacher, friend

    When Brunswick County emergency medical technician and teacher Jeff Barber died last week, his colleagues were heartbroken, but they decided to make his funeral a memorable one by honoring all he did for the county during his short life.

    Bald Head Island Chief of Emergency Services Chip Munna and his fellow emergency workers brought one piece of apparatus from each emergency services agency within Brunswick County to the funeral home during the service.

  • Brunswick Schools get almost $70,000 in drug seizure funds

    BOLIVIA—Since being elected in May 2008, Sheriff John Ingram has publicly stated his intent to eliminate the amount of drug trafficking and drug dealers in Brunswick County. Operation First Step, a countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign, began almost immediately in which Ingram and his office conducted an eight-month narcotics investigation and apprehended more than 80 suspects.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education benefited from Operation First Step and other county drug seizures last week, as Ingram presented the board with a check for $67,148.42.

  • Board approves modification on boat-lift requirements

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners have approved a modification to a town ordinance for construction/design requirements to add an exception in the “T” canals.