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Today's News

  • Teenager charged with felony murder in Cardinal Pointe shooting

    A 16-year-old male has been charged with felony murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jacary Bethel, a former standout two-sport athlete at West Brunswick High School.

    Colby Neill Pridgen of Shallotte was arrested Monday, June 17, and charged with felony murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed handgun, attempting to sell a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance and possession of a handgun by a minor, Shallotte Police Det. Sgt. John Holman said Monday night.

  • Freeman tabbed to lead Brunswick County Chamber

    SHALLOTTE — Susan Freeman couldn’t be more excited to start her job as the new executive director/president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.
    Almost exactly a month after a 19-member board fired the chamber’s top two staff members, Freeman has been tabbed as the organization’s new leader.

  • Residents throw shade on Sunset Beach cabana rules

    SUNSET BEACH — The town’s cabana rules continue to be a point of contention as outlined at a community meeting Saturday.

    “We might as well put up a sign, ‘please don’t come to our beach,’” resident Carol Santavicca said at the start of the hour-long session June 15 at town hall.

    She said the town has rules she now believes “are not legal.”

  • OIB approves 2019-20 budget with 2-cent rate cut

     The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the 2019-20 budget during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 11, following a public hearing in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall.

    The ad valorem tax rate for the coming year is .1639 per $100 valuation compared to the 2018-19 tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation. The town’s tax collection rate is 96.21 percent, according to Town Administrator Daisy Ivey.

  • Eight-year-old bitten by shark off Bald Head Island

    An 8-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday after reportedly being bitten by a shark off the coast of Bald Head Island.

    Chris McCall, manager for the Village of Bald Head Island, confirmed the incident happened at about 4 p.m. June 16 along Bald Head's South Beach when a young boy was reported to have been bitten by what is believed to be a shark because of the type of wounds he received. An assessment by first responders called to the scene indicated that as well.

  • Brunswick County Commissioners approve new budget with no tax rate increase

    BOLIVIA –Brunswick County Commissioners unanimously approved the $263,244,600 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year during the Monday, June 18, regularly scheduled meeting.

    The ad valorem tax rate will remain 48.5 cents per $100 of property for the fifth consecutive year. The $152 million school bond approved by county voters in 2016 was an overriding factor in recommending a lower tax rate. If calculated at a tax rate of 45.05 cents, the budget would have placed the county on a revenue neutral ground.

  • NCLM ‘toolbox’ to help towns cope with opioid crisis

    Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

  • Brunswick commissioners pave way for Supply VFD to buy property for new site

    Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to send a letter of no objection providing the Supply Volunteer Fire Department the go-ahead to pursue financing for the purchase of property for a new department site.
    Commissioner Pat Sykes cast the only dissenting vote.

  • Supply couple relishes chance to age in place

    For the Young family, aging in place was the best option.
    David Young, 83, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in recent years, which made it difficult for he and his wife, Monica, to reside at their two-storied home on the Lockwood Folly River in Supply near Holden Beach.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

  • Sunset Beach mayor breaks tie for 1-cent tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — Newly seated Mayor Paul VanWormer broke a split 2-2 tie vote to approve a 1-cent ad valorem tax rate increase at the June 3 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    VanWormer voted with town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern to approve the hike from 15 cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation for the town’s proposed $6,872,060 budget for fiscal 2019-2020 that takes effect July 1.