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Today's News

  • Friday rally in Shallotte seeks ‘Justice for Brandon’

    SHALLOTTE — Less than two weeks after his New Year’s Day death, marchers took to Main Street in Shallotte on Friday to seek “Justice for Brandon” Webster.

    Webster, 28, succumbed to injuries Jan. 1 from a gunshot wound after arriving at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center that night.

    Trooper S.A. Collins, assigned to Troop B, District 6, Brunswick County, is a one-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

    He fired at the vehicle Webster was driving on Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) near Shallotte at 8:55 p.m.

  • No one injured in Seaside Road house fire

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue responded at 8:31 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, to the scene of a house fire at 200 Seaside Road with the first engine arriving at 8:35 p.m., Chief Tal Grissett said. 

    Firefighters encountered a locked gate across the only driveway to the structure as flames were coming from the back of the structure and the roof. No one was at home at the time.

    About 1,500 feet of water supply line was laid from a fire hydrant to the attack engine, blocking Seaside Road for a period of time.

  • Oyster Festival moves to new Ocean Isle Beach site for 2019

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The NC Oyster Festival will relocate from East Second Street to West Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach for 2019.

    Commissioners approved the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce group activity application for the annual event at the Jan. 7 town meeting.

    This year’s festival will be Oct. 19-20. The change in location from the familiar site next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina on the east side of Causeway Drive was necessary because of construction of the town’s municipal park at Causeway Drive and East Second Street.

  • Town to pursue annexing Carolina Shores North, possibly library

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have voted to pursue voluntary annexation of the Carolina Shores North community and to explore the possibility of annexing the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library.

    The unanimous vote to send a letter to the General Assembly to pursue the annexation referendum process for Carolina Shores North followed discussion at a board economic development commission meeting last Thursday, Jan. 10.

  • Gated communities reimbursed for hurricane debris removal

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will reimburse gated communities about one-third of the costs they submitted for the removal of vegetative debris from Hurricane Florence.

    Commissioners agreed Nov. 5 to allow gated community property owners associations to submit debris removal costs to the county for reimbursement with the understanding that the requests for reimbursement would be based on the county’s contract for debris removal. The POAs would not be repaid in full if commissioners agreed to reimburse them.

  • Silver Alert issued for man last seen in Sunset Beach

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a 23-year-old man last seen at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Paul Milton Simms, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, is described as a 6-foot-1 white man weighing 185 pounds with blue eyes and long brown hair. He was last seen wearing a camouflage coat and could be headed to Oak Island, Hiddenite or Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The alert, issued just before 6 p.m. Thursday, did not indicate when Simms was reported missing.

  • February food and nutrition benefits to be issued early because of federal shutdown

    Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between Feb. 3 and 21.

    “We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown,” Tara Myers, NCDHHS deputy secretary for human services, said in a news release.

  • Leland EDC looks at Wilmington port and business plan preparation

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee began the year by continuing strategic plan discussions Jan. 10 to assist business growth.

    The LEDC has focused on travel and tourism, agricultural support services, the retirement community and light industry as areas to develop. The committee discussed travel and tourism in December and shared ideas on their other priorities at the latest meeting.

  • Calabash approves fifth Turkey Trot at first 2019 meeting

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved having the fifth annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, this year following a presentation by event organizers David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions.

    Speaking at the board’s first monthly meeting for 2019 last Tuesday, Jan. 8, Hutnik said there will be 1-mile, 5K and 10K races starting at 7 a.m. and ending around 8:30 a.m. He said the event has grown every year with about 850 participants at the fourth annual trot Nov. 22. He said they expect more than 1,000 this year.

  • H2GO pushes board member’s settlement proposal discussion to February

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board began 2019 the same way it ended 2018: by rebuffing commissioner Rodney McCoy’s proposed resolution to settle the joint lawsuit H2GO and Leland filed to stop Belville from receiving H2GO’s assets.

    The H2GO board met Jan. 8 when McCoy once again pitched his proposal for a settlement.

    In December, McCoy presented a resolution to direct H2GO general counsel Stephen Coble to prepare a proposed contract for the H2GO board, Belville and Leland that would settle the lawsuit with specific conditions: