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Today's News

  • If you can’t stay close, at least stay cool

    You might think I’ve come to expect worst-case scenarios, having spent the better part of my journalism career covering crime and public safety. You’d be right. But I still hope for the best possible outcomes, especially when people report their loved ones missing.

    Although we have two missing persons cases to report in this week’s edition at the moment, it seems most of the Brunswick County folks whose families lose track of them are found safe before we go to press.

  • Municipal election filings continue until noon Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees continues through noon Friday, July 21, after opening at noon July 7.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Bald Head Island

    Mayor Andy Sayre filed July 7 to run for re-election.

  • Charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire chief dropped

    Misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig were dropped July 10 in New Hanover County District Court after he paid restitution to the Wilmington man who filed the charges.

    “It speaks for itself,” Herzig said of the case. “You can take out a warrant on anybody in North Carolina. It’s unfortunate.”

    Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington who filed the self-initiated warrant Feb. 28, was not satisfied with the outcome.

  • New Leland EDC members plan for second survey

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee reached its one-year milestone at its July 13 meeting by introducing a new group of members.

    Richard Allison and Paul Stiegler did not reapply to serve on the board after their terms ended and Leland Town Council did not renew P.J. Doherty’s term.

    So new members Doug Cushing and Joseph “Chris” Stevenson joined returning board members, chairman David Sink, Michael Braddock, Gene Merritt and Bruce Mancinelli.

    One other new member, Stephen Bon, could not attend the July meeting.

  • Shallotte ripe for second Mater Fest on July 22

    The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • House Bill 205 scheme strives to keep public in the dark

    The fundamental purpose of newspapers has been to cultivate an informed readership. Regardless of political leanings, newspapers at their core are champions of the public’s right to know about the issues and events affecting their lives.

  • Man charged in Sunset Beach kidnapping

    Sunset Beach police have arrested a 27-year-old man in a kidnapping reported July 10 at a local convenience store.

  • Shallotte ripe for second Mater Fest on July 22

    The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • Blackwater Rhythm and Blues headlines several summer concerts

    The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at four more venues this summer, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.