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Today's News

  • Calabash tightens dog walking in town park

    CALABASH — The freedom to walk dogs in Calabash Community Park just got a tighter leash.

    Town commissioners last week approved a motion to install larger signs underscoring fines “up to $500” for people caught with dogs off-leash.

    Commissioner Frank Drury initiated the measure approved at the Feb. 12 meeting after a couple of incidents when his dog was attacked in the park by off-leash dogs.

    He said he’s also appalled by owners who leave dog messes and cover them with straw.

  • Brunswick County awaits Cape Fear bridge crossing site

    A year-and-a-half after Leland Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman reported the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization was supposed to cut the number of potential routes for a third bridge across the Cape Fear River, northern Brunswick County residents are still waiting to learn where it will cross their path.

    The Cape Fear Crossing project proposes building a 9.5-mile road with another bridge over the Cape Fear River to help improve traffic and freight movement from U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 near the Port of Wilmington.

  • Man wanted in connection with Leland, Wilmington robberies arrested

    A Leland man wanted in connection with a Wednesday robbery in Leland and a Thursday robbery in Wilmington has been arrested in New Hanover County.

  • Two county projects in NCDOT plan for 2020-29

    LELAND—Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization representatives found out Feb. 6 which of their recommended transportation projects have moved one step closer to full funding by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    The CFRPO includes officials from Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties, NCDOT and the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

  • Flu nears February peak

    With flu season nearing a peak, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is restricting access to help curb its spread as cases spike countywide.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, flu activity is rising in the state as it moves closer to a peak for the 2018-2019 season.

    Six flu-related deaths were reported in the state during the week ending Feb. 2, with the total of influenza-related deaths reported this season now at 35. None of those deaths have been reported in Brunswick County.

  • GSATS supports transportation safety measures

    CAROLINA SHORES — The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study transportation advisory committee approved a resolution Feb. 8 to adopt North Carolina Department of Transportation safety performance measures after a spike in fatalities and injuries from 2016 to 2017.

    “Unfortunately, 2017 was a year when we experienced a large increase in the number of fatalities. In 2016 we had six fatalities. In 2017 we had 15 fatalities,” GSATS Dan Newquist said.

  • Shallotte aldermen approve conditional use permit for future site of Steak ‘n Shake

    SHALLOTTE—While it hasn’t yet been determined when people will be able to get their Steak ‘n Shake fix in Shallotte, town aldermen at their regular Feb. 5 meeting approved a permit for the site during a public hearing.

  • ATMC accepts applications for 2019 grant programs

    ATMC is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Connections and Smart Connections Grant Programs. This year, $35,000 in Community Connections grant funds will be awarded to nonprofits serving Brunswick County and $35,000 in Smart Connections funds will be given to educators in Brunswick County and areas of Columbus County served by ATMC.

  • Man wanted in connection with Leland, Wilmington robberies arrested

    A Leland man wanted in connection with a Wednesday robbery in Leland and a Thursday robbery in Wilmington has been arrested in New Hanover County.

    No one was injured.

  • Happy valentines: Ash couple celebrates 61 years of marriage

    Working in the soda shop on East Carolina University’s campus kept Pat Purvis busy, and she didn’t really pay much attention to the young man who would come in multiple times to order from her — that is, until he asked her on a date.

    “I don’t know what made me notice her to begin with,” Doug Brown, now 84, said of his future wife. He finally got the courage to ask Pat on a date in December 1954, and the couple hasn’t looked back.