Today's News

  • Land Trust completes Town Creek project

    The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization, recently completed a project protecting more than 36 acres along Town Creek in Brunswick County.

    The Coastal Land Trust purchased a conservation agreement and development rights over the property, which is owned by the Witdoeckt family. Grants from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and from private donors Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback made the project possible.

  • County tax administrator's office wins award

    Brunswick County Tax Administration employees Renee Adams, Tom Bagby, Tom Davis, Ladoska Jones and Beverly Mercer have been recognized with a 2007-08 Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for development of a program that gets “up close and personal” with businesses to help them become compliant with tax laws.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Passengers rescued following charter boat fire

    CALABASH—Twenty-six people were rescued at sea last week following a fishing boat fire that destroyed and sank a Calabash charter boat.

    Men, women and children from several states were forced to don life jackets and jump ship after an engine fire ignited around 8:35 a.m. July 30 aboard “Miss Calabash II,” a 41-foot charter boat in the Calabash Fishing Fleet.

  • Carolina Shores tables code book help

    CAROLINA SHORES—Just who will assist the town with its code book revision is still up in the air.

    Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to table consideration of the matter because the town has not properly detailed what is needed.

    “Three different people talked with three different consultants and only did price quotes,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as liaison with the town planning and zoning board.

  • Dancer makes it into television program's final four

    CAROLINA SHORES—It all started with one dance audition in Charleston, S.C.

    From thousands of hopefuls to the top 20, Dolores Galiano’s granddaughter, Courtney Galiano, danced her way into the final four and will perform one last time on FOX’s reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” Wednesday night.

    Dolores and her husband Vincent took Courtney to the audition and have supported her every step of the way, calling in votes, sending encouraging text messages and even making the trip to Los Angeles for a live taping.

  • Boating education and safety aim of upcoming course

    Education is the best way to fend off boating mishaps, says a spokesman for the Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    With several recent boating incidents that have occurred in the area and required the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, an upcoming course may be coming in the nick of time.

    The Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron has scheduled a boating course for four consecutive Monday nights, starting Sept. 8 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Gov. Easley signs Jessica Lunsford Act in North Carolina

    GASTON COUNTY—With Mark Lunsford, father of slain 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, by his side, N.C. Gov. Mike Easley singed the Jessica Lunsford Act into law on July 28.

    The Jessica Lunsford Act, named after the 9-year-old Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a sex offender in February 2005, strengthens punishments for certain sex offenses, including life imprisonment without parole.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering to an auto, larceny of a firearm and property damage on Mount Zion Church Road in Ash.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Pine Bur Circle in Sunset Beach; suspect broke into victim’s shed and stole a tool set and a box with nails and screws.

    •Counterfeit money on Sabbath Home Road in Supply; suspect attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local business.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Police investigated a rash of car break-ins reported July 29. About 90 percent of the items were recovered following the arrest of two teens who were charged the same day, police said. See a related story on page 16A.

    •Money, a global positioning system and a telephone were reported stolen from a vehicle on Canal Street.

    •An IBM computer notebook and air card reported stolen from a vehicle on 28th Street were later recovered.

    •A GPS and digital camera in a black case reported stolen from a vehicle on 32nd Street were later recovered.