Today's News

  • McCumbee 17th in ARCA race

     Chad McCumbee finished 17th Friday in the ARCA Racing Series Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

    McCumbee started 15th in the 41-driver field. He completed 98 of the 100 laps.

    This was McCumbee’s fourth race this season in the series.

    Mikey Kile led the final 26 laps for his first career victory in the series. The victory came in what was Kile’s 16th start in the series.

    The next race is July 10 at Iowa Speedway.  SPEED will televise the race, beginning at 9 p.m.

  • Seven injured after beach house deck collapses

    Seven people were injured Thursday after a deck collapsed on a house at Holden Beach.

    Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Brunswick County 9-1-1 received a call about a deck collapsing on a home at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. When emergency crews arrived, it was reported seven people had been injured.

    According to Brunswick County EMS, three people were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, one person was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital and three others declined medical attention.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 26, 27, 28 and June 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, May 26

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve $6.9 million operating budget for upcoming fiscal year

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach commissioners on Tuesday approved a $6.9 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that did not include a tax increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which town manager David Hewett described as “a real skinny budget.”

    The 2010-2011 fiscal year budget “Holds the tax rate the same at 6.9 cents and attempts to hold the water and sewer rates the same, although we’re probably going to take a real, hard look at our water and sewer rates,” Hewett said.

  • Sheriff’s office stepping up patrols for busy summer months

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has a message for those hitting the roads during the county’s peak tourist months—slow down.

    Sheriff’s deputies have stepped up patrols and checkpoints, targeting impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers on Brunswick’s roadways as traffic volume swells during the bustling summer months.

    “It’s killing people,” Ingram said about speed, impaired driving and aggressive driving.

    “And we are going to do everything we can to stop it.” 

  • Commissioners pass on smoking ban

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday voted against a tobacco ban that would have prohibited tobacco products on all county-owned property, including all county parks.

    After a public hearing in which only two people spoke out against the ban, commissioners voted 4-1 not to implement the ban. On the county campus in Bolivia, commissioners agreed to let department heads determine smoking areas for county employees. Commissioners also agreed not to establish smoking areas at the county’s parks, or ban tobacco products altogether.

  • Folk art show at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash

    CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring Kimberly Dawn & Friends, a group show of works on canvas, wood, glass and metal by folk artists Kimberly Dawn Clayton, Shauna McGoldrick and Daniel MacCosbe.

    The show opened June 1 and runs through July 10.

    The exhibition presents three distinct styles, with the common thread being that all are considered outsider art.

    Kimberly Dawn is self-taught, but no longer considers herself untrained.

  • Calabash adopts budget, debates machine license fees

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners approved a $1,084,933.50 budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 with no tax increase at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

    Approval was 4-1 with town commissioner Mary Knight casting the only “nay” vote.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board still debating open space

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board debated at length last week whether to require 12½ or 15 percent open space for residential projects with more than 10 dwelling units.

  • Stolen car recovered in Wilmington

    SUNSET BEACH—A car stolen May 29 while its owner left the engine running to go inside the Minuteman convenience store on N.C. 904 has been recovered.

    The 1998 Dodge Stratus was found June 1 in Wilmington, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Monday.

    Musical equipment that had been inside the car was not recovered, Smith said.

    No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.