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Today's News

  • Not gone and not forgotten: Old Sunset Beach bridge still stopping traffic

    SUNSET BEACH—Late last year, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge was officially shut down to make way for a taller, more deluxe Intracoastal Waterway bridge that wouldn’t break down or tie up traffic at the most inopportune times.

    The half-century-old span had done its time and it, along with its six human operators, was finally retired.

  • More car break-ins investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police are investigating several more car break-ins reported in the past week.

    •A Garmin GPS, Sony CD player and 10 music CDs were reported stolen Aug. 7 from a vehicle parked on Fourth Street.

    •A Sirius Starmate 4 satellite radio was reported stolen Aug. 4 after someone entered an unlocked vehicle on 39th Street.

    •A Kodak EasyShare camera was reported stolen Aug. 3 from a vehicle on Fourth Street.

  • Keep those garbage cans a'rollin' on time to avoid $50 fine in Sunset Beach

    Memo to anyone in Sunset Beach with a garbage can in need of emptying:

    Notice is hereby given you’d better be mindful of the scheduled pickup times by the local Waste Industries garbage truck. This includes the time frame you’re allowed to (1) roll the can out to the end of your driveway prior to pickup and (2) roll the can back up the driveway and out of “unsightliness” after pickup.

    If you’re not aware of the rules, it could cost you a $50 fine.

  • Town agrees to $14,000 settlement

    The town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have agreed to a $14,000 settlement.

    That’s the amount the town will pay Chestnut following her firing from the town last year, in May 2010. Chestnut subsequently filed a lawsuit against the town, seeking damages in excess of $10,000.

  • Brunswick Batting Center opens for baseball, softball players

     After years of thought, Mike Alderson and Brian Alderson have opened the Brunswick Batting Center on Red Bug Road, just off Highway 17.

    “I’ve had a business plan for this since 2003,” said Mike Alderson, who has coached the West Brunswick baseball team to 311 victories and a state championship in 2004. “We talked about it every year. B.A. got me excited about it again. So B.A. and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week:

    •A 15-year-old juvenile from Boiling Spring Lakes was arrested and taken to the New Hanover County Juvenile Detention Facility for charges of felony breaking and entering and larceny.

    •Samuel Chad Hodges, 16, of Shallotte, was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.

    •Kayne Ross Severson, 17, of Supply, was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.

  • Local veterans, elected officials gather to celebrate ribbon cutting of VA clinic

    SUPPLY—Local veterans, elected officials and community members gathered Monday to celebrate a milestone for the estimated 15,000-16,000 veterans living in Brunswick County—the opening of the Veterans Affairs (VA) outreach clinic.

    Though the clinic opens to patients this Monday, Aug. 15, VA officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Monday afternoon attended by many local veterans.

  • Judge files notice of appeal in libel suit loss

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is appealing last month’s loss in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    On Friday, July 15, Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled against Lewis, issuing an order for summary judgment in which he found in favor of Rapp in the libel and defamation suit Lewis filed last year.

    On Monday, Aug. 8, Lewis filed a notice of appeal that she planned to appeal the matter to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

  • Brunswick County VA outreach clinic

    The Veterans Affairs (VA) Brunswick County Outreach Clinic will open to patients Monday, Aug. 15.

    The clinic, at 20 Medical Center Campus Drive, Supply, is just off U.S. 17, south of the U.S. 17/N.C. 211 intersection.

    Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with a rotating schedule of specialty care and health education classes on Fridays.

    Veterans currently enrolled in the VA health system and assigned to other clinics will be given the opportunity to transfer their care to the Brunswick County Outreach Clinic.

  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members decided airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.