Today's News

  • New Americans take oath of allegiance in naturalization ceremony

    SOUTHPORT—The hot summer sun wasn’t having much of an effect on 143 people gathered on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn on Friday, July 3.

    They were smiling, laughing, watching children play and listening to music. And mostly, they were waiting patiently, along with their proud family members, for an hour-long ceremony that would change their lives yet also allow them to continue living the way they have been for years.

  • Burglary suspect arrested last week charged with assault at Food Lion

    Nelson Alexander Caraballo, who was arrested last Wednesday for second-degree burglary, has also been charged with the assault of a 69-year-old Supply man during an attempted carjacking late last month. The assault happened in a Food Lion parking lot near Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Caraballo has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle stemming from the Nov. 21 attempted carjacking.

  • Calabash adjustment board denies setback variance

    CALABASH—The town board of adjustment on Monday denied a variance request for side and rear setbacks.

    Thomas Glen sought about seven feet of relief from the required 10-foot setback for a small storage shed and a garage at 1025 Meares St.

    The board noted it doesn’t have “unlimited discretion to do what they want to do,” town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    Certain criteria must be met.

    “They felt that there was not a hardship,” Southward said. “The shed had enough room to make it meet the setbacks.”

  • 14th annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday in Calabash

    CALABASH—The seafood capital’s 14th annual tree lighting is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    As it did last year, the event will kick off with a yuletide parade down Beach Drive.

    Those planning to attend this year’s tree lighting will be feted with entertainment, goodies and a candle lighting in addition to the tree lighting, event organizer Laura Ward said.

  • West Brunswick students promote literacy with book campaign

    Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, the Grinch and the Hardy Boys came to life Friday morning and presented every third-grader at Supply Elementary School with a new book.

    As part of an advanced marketing class project at West Brunswick High School, seniors Julianne Donoghue, Taylor Madison and Jessica Gruber focused on a community-related project to help promote and raise literacy awareness.

  • Board approves temporary contract for SRO services

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have approved a temporary contract for school resource officers (SRO).

    The approval came at a specially called meeting Nov. 19, although the SROs have been working since July.

  • Shallotte man files complaint against BEMC

    Shallotte resident Michael Feldman recently filed a complaint against Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC) with the state’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA). He says he was charged higher-than-normal bills during the summer months.

    Last week, the agency’s administrator sent a letter stating the REA was unable to substantiate his claims of inaccurate meter readings, and now Feldman says he still has a lot of questions about how the decisions were made.

  • Text messaging while driving ban in effect

    The laws in North Carolina are beginning to catch up with technology.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 1, a new law took effect, which makes it illegal to text message or e-mail on a handheld device or cell phone while driving, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Al Morris said.

    The new law doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones or handheld devices, Morris said, just text messaging and e-mailing on the devices. If caught text messaging or e-mailing while driving, violators face a $100 fine plus court costs, which Morris said are usually around $130.

  • Sheriff switches party; intends to seek GOP nomination for sheriff

    For the first time in more than 35 years, Brunswick County will have a Republican sheriff—at least until the November 2010 election.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced he switched his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week. Ingram will seek the GOP nomination for sheriff for the upcoming 2010 election.

    If Ingram wins re-election as a Republican, he would be the first Brunswick County Republican-elected sheriff in at least 35 years.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines continue for CDC priority groups

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department have administered more than 3,200 H1N1 vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention priority group.

    Once all people in the CDC priority group—pregnant women, children ages 6 months old to 24 years old, healthcare workers, caregivers or people who live in a home with an infant younger than six months old and anyone ages 25-64 with chronic health conditions—have been vaccinated, the health department will open its H1N1 vaccines to anyone who would like a vaccine.