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Today's News

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Be clear on oceanfront swimming pools issue

    Sunset Beach town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the oceanfront.

    The change is on a list of proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting. The proposal is to add swimming pools as a permitted use in all town zoning districts except mainland business MB2, which could pave the way for a public swimming pool.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • Calabash approves economic development committee

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved establishing a town economic development committee.

    The board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

    The idea originated with Michael Herring, a member of the Calabash Planning and Zoning Board. Town commissioners subsequently directed town administrator Chuck Nance and town clerk Kelley Southward to meet with Herring in July.

    Herring researched local economic development committees and proposed a couple of purpose or mission statements.

  • Sunset Beach park work stopped

    Work at Sunset Beach Town Park has been halted because of a compliance issue.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker alerted town council last week that work in the new park had been stopped until the issue is resolved.

    A certified letter dated Aug. 8 to Parker from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources stated an inspection Aug. 6 determined a violation occurred because no erosion and sedimentation-control plan had been filed for work exceeding one acre at the park.

  • What a drag: Womanless Beauty Pageant pretties up Friday, Aug. 22

    At least nine local men are in the lineup of contenders dragging themselves to the Womanless Beauty Pageant on Friday, Aug. 22, for a night of fun and fundraising.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual event, when ordinary men transform into questionable beauties for the night, will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • OIB sand sculpture contest Aug. 30

    Sand hands will be getting creative Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

    Participants can also register on the beach the day of the contest. 

  • Pantastic Steel makeup concert Aug. 21 in Calabash

    Pantastic Steel is scheduled for a makeup summer concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in Calabash Community Park.

    The Wilmington-area steel band was previously scheduled to perform there June 26, when the concert was canceled because of inclement weather.

  • Brunswick County Summer Concert Series: Imitations are real deal

    The Imitations got their start back in the summer of 1995.

    Three friends — Mike Merritt, Mike Miller and George “Buster” Hobbs — were just having fun and showing off their musical skills.

    Within months, they added a fourth member, George Willetts.

    Tony Creech joined the group, adding expertise on soundboard.

    Many shows later, The Imitations have entertained thousands and recorded three CDs — “Back to Carolina,” “Starrin’ ” and “For Real.”