Today's News

  • Natural vegetation at center of backyard battle between property owner, town

    Ocean Isle Beach property owner Jane Oakley remembers the day her neighbor’s lot was leveled and cleared in the mid 1990s.

    “I knew there were nesting birds, there were baby bunnies and there was a momma raccoon who had little kits,” Oakley recalled. “I got so upset, I came out here and literally stopped the bulldozer and said, ‘What are you doing? There are baby things here.”

    The bulldozer operator told her the homeowner wanted the lot cleared, and if she didn’t move, he was going to call the police.

  • Lewis donates land to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

    Local businessman Louie Lewis has donated 7.35 acres to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for a new 20,000-square-foot inpatient hospice facility just off Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.

  • Calabash commissioners cite budget priorities



    CALABASH—Funding for a town park, sewer, roads, beautification and raises for town services employees were on commissioners’ early priority lists at a budget workshop Monday.

    The session is the first in a series of workshops scheduled through May in preparation for adoption of the town’s 2010-2011 fiscal budget that takes effect July 1.

    A future town park is planned on a 1-acre site across from town hall if the town can secure matching grant funding.

  • More funding available for Sunset Beach sewer project

    It looks like Sunset Beach residents will receive even more financial assistance to fund the town’s wastewater project.

    After receiving $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment funding, the project is slated to receive at least $500,000 and up to $1 million, county finance director Ann Hardy.

    Like the ARRA money, which represents a 50 percent grant and 50 percent zero-interest loan, the money, funded through the ARRA and the Federal Clean Water Act of Amendments of 1987 would also be 50 percent grants and 50 percent zero-interest loans.

  • Garner named prosecutor 'hero' by N.C. Mothers Against Drunk Driving

    Local assistant district attorney Sarah Garner was recently named a prosecutor ‘hero’ by the North Carolina Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her efforts in establishing a driving while impaired court in Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    According to the district attorney’s office, Garner was recognized at the Jan. 22 MADD banquet for “her work in establishing the new DWI Court that focuses on convicting and getting drunk drivers off our roads in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.”

  • Redwine joins Fennell, Rabon for Soles' seat

    Former state representative David Redwine is the first Democrat to announce he plans to run for state Senate—the seat held by Columbus County Democrat R.C. Soles Jr. for nearly 35 years.

    Soles announced he would not seek re-election in December, just days before he was indicted by a grand jury for assault with a deadly weapon for shooting a man at his Tabor City home.

  • Candidate filing opens Monday

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming election begins at noon Monday, Feb. 8, and runs until noon Feb. 26.

    All candidates file for election in their home counties, and the Brunswick County Board of Elections Office has moved to a new location. The board of elections office is now at 75 Stamp Act Drive, Building H in Bolivia, which was the old tax office at the county complex. The mailing address, phone numbers and fax numbers for the board of elections remain the same.

  • Tracking candidates: Congressional field grows with candidate filing less than a week away

    Candidate filing for federal, state and local races doesn’t open until Monday, Feb. 8, but a surge of candidates have recently announced their intentions to run in the 2010 election.

    Two Republicans and Iraq War veterans have recently announced they plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th District in Congress.

    Will Breazeale, who challenged McIntyre in 2008, announced he would seek the GOP nomination last year.

  • Congressman says he continues to fight for a Brunswick VA facility

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County, and examining the possibility of a VA facility in Brunswick County.


    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he supports and will continue to fight for a Veterans Affairs facility in Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte native, now a Navy corpsman, serving medical duty in Haiti

    Brunswick County native and U.S. Navy Corpsman Matthew Evans is in Haiti responding to numerous medical needs in the wake of last month’s massive earthquake.

    Even though the devastation around him is overwhelming, Evans says he is proud to put his skills to use serving those who need him most.

    His original mission to teach in Africa was rerouted to the island nation soon after the earthquake hit. He’s been working in a clinic since arriving, helping to treat numerous injured Haiti residents since Jan. 18.