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Today's News

  • Cooke appointed new county commissioner

    Marty Cooke wears many hats—businessman, husband, father, community and political activist.

    On Monday, the 51-year-old father of four officially donned his newest hat as a county commissioner.

    As his wife Catherine and their children—Katie, 16; Mary Lou, 13; John, 9; and Annabelle, 7—looked on, Cooke took his oath of office as county commissioner at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

  • Strong voter turnout reported Tuesday

    Voter turnout in Brunswick County was good for a primary election, said Greg Bellamy, Brunswick County’s director of elections.

    The unofficial tally Tuesday night showed a turnout of 23,573 voters or 33.6 percent of the county’s 70,139 registered voters.

    Of that number, 16,808 voted in the Democratic primary, 6,690 in the Republican primary and 62 posted nonpartisan ballots.

    Bellamy said the fact it was a presidential primary probably drew more voters.

    “You had more candidates at the national, state and local level,” he said.

  • Ground broken for nursing center in Shallotte

    A group gathered on Old Ocean Highway Sunday afternoon to break ground on a new skilled rehab and nursing center.

    Don Beaver, owner, Carol Prater-Webb, vice-president of operations; Vickie Carroll-Beaver, COO; Rep. Dewey Hill, project manager Joe Civitarese and western regional director of operations Alan Beaver broke ground on the new facility.

    Other company officials on site were Maria Yane, regional clinical nurse consultant, Terri Gibson, corporate director of marketing, architect David Polston and Becky Gibbons, CFO.

  • Calabash American Legion Post plans Memorial Day activities

    In observance of Memorial Day, Nocha White American Legion Post 503 in Calabash has planned the following programs that all veterans and the general public are encouraged to attend:

    Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in Shallotte at the National Guard Armory on Main Street: Local and county officials, military organizations, veterans groups and the JROTC Color Guard from West Brunswick High School will participate.

  • Town opts for reduced contribution to fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—After lengthy debate, town commissioners decided at a budget workshop Monday to reduce an initially proposed contribution to the Calabash Fire Department.

    The initial proposal was for $37,000, plus $3,000 from town fire fees.

    But when a consensus was taken, commissioners John Russo, Joseph Przywara and Tom Puls said they would not favor the proposed $37,000, which commissioner Gere Dale said represents half the federal SAFER grant awarded to the fire department to hire four fulltime firefighters.

  • Capacity crowd turns out to oppose at-large voting in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A spillover crowd, most of them from the town’s District 1 consisting of the Village at Calabash, turned out for a public hearing Monday night to protest town commissioners’ plan to do away with its two voting districts and adopt at-large voting.

    Despite that, commissioners unanimously approved the plan at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

  • Relay nets record $364,000

    SHALLOTTE—They came. They walked. They helped raise a record amount of money for cancer.

    When Brunswick County’s two-day, overnight 13th Annual Relay for Life concluded last Saturday afternoon at West Brunswick High School, a record amount of money had been raised for the American Cancer Society—$364,000.

    Relay chairman Renee Adams said organizers are still counting as money continues to roll in.

  • Air Force One lecture canceled; learn Ocean Isle's history instead

    Howie Franklin will be unable to present his lecture, “Stories from Air Force One,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on May 13. Franklin will reschedule his talk at a later time.

    Just in time, Fred David will present “History of Ocean Isle Beach: From 10,000 B.C. to Today.”

    He will talk about his new CD, “The History of Ocean Isle Beach Driving Tour” and his upcoming book about Ocean Isle’s history. Learn true stories about men and women who lived at Ocean Isle Beach thousands of years ago.

  • After-prom shooting leads to arrest

    SUNSET BEACH—A Brunswick County man was arrested early Sunday and charged in connection with a shooting at an after-prom party at Sea Trail.

    James Russell Hill III, 20, of 7542 Ocean Highway, was charged around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4, with assault with a deadly weapon and intent to kill after shots were fired at another man and into an occupied dwelling at 246 Clubhouse Drive.

    Also on May 4, police investigated a home break-in and theft on 28th Street on the Sunset Beach island. Someone forced open a utility door under the house and stole a set of golf clubs.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are: