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Today's News

  • Carolina Shores initially approves ‘brunch bill’

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has granted initial approval of a “brunch bill” for the town.

    The vote on first reading came at the board’s monthly workshop Monday. Second and final reading is on the agenda for commissioners’ subsequent monthly meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 8, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Town commissioner Beverly Mayhew made a motion to approve the ordinance allowing early alcohol sales on Sundays.

  • Vietnam Traveling Memorial honors N.C. veterans during Wilmington stop

    WILMINGTON – The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 288-foot replica of the veteran’s monument in Washington, D.C., rested briefly in Wilmington’s Mayfaire Town Center Thursday, July 25, to Monday, July 29. The solemn display attracted family, friends and comrades to pay tribute to the 58,311 names inscribed on the wall.

    An estimated 7,000 individuals attended the five-day tribute, according to American Honor Guards Vice President Bill Powell.

  • Intersection projects totaling $110.7 million planned along U.S. 17

    It won’t be long before some of the main intersections on U.S. 17 in southwestern Brunswick County start to transform.

    If plans presented by the North Carolina Department of Transportation proceed as scheduled, some of the biggest changes will occur at highway intersections at Hickman Road, Thomasboro/Pea Landing roads, Seaside/Longwood roads (N.C. 904), Smith Avenue in Shallotte and N.C. 211 in Supply.

  • Calabash restaurateurs cite riverfront parking problems

    Restaurant owners on the Calabash waterfront have an issue with parking problems they’re encountering this summer, much of it spillover from adjacent businesses that aren’t directing customers to off-site lots.

    “I’ve never had the trouble that I have had this summer with interlopers in our parking lot,” Mike Frink, owner of Captain John’s Seafood House, said during public comment at the July 9 town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Local funds hang in the balace as state budget reaches impasse

    It was a busy agenda for a few members of the North Carolina General Assembly as they moved from New Hanover to Pender counties and finally to Brunswick on Friday, July 26.

    State Rep. Frank Iler and Rep. Holly Grange of New Hanover along with North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore traveled at a dizzying pace as they visited the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, followed by a foray at Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Aquarium. After a 30-minute ferry ride, the entourage visited Brunswick Community College’s Southport campus before their departure for Raleigh.

  • Brown's Landing repairs set for September

    Following the departure of Labor Day visitors, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will complete repairs at the Brown’s Landing site at the dead end of Stone Chimney Road (SR 1119) in Supply.

    According to Robert Vause, Division Maintenance Engineer for the NCDOT, the department has now received the permits to proceed with the repair.

    This work is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 9.

  • Brunswick County Schools names three Teacher of the Year candidates

     Three area teachers have been selected to represent their schools as Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. These Brunswick County teachers exemplify the standout qualities of talented and devoted educators.

    According to Brunswick County Schools, this year’s TOYs are Allison Pilon, a first-grade teacher at Town Creek Elementary; Justin Garza, athletic director and health and physical education teacher at South Brunswick Middle School; and Sarah Osborne, an Honors American I and II instructor at Brunswick County Early College High School.

  • BEMC lends a helping hand through community grants

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation provides power for more than 75,000 members in four counties, but it’s the co-op’s “concern for community” that has benefitted Brunswick County residents even more.

    BEMC provides assistance to area schools, offers to feed the hungry and has refurbished storm-ravaged homes. The co-op has made sizable donations for nonprofit organizations each and every year.

    For Brunswick County residents, BEMC can be found nearby and is on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Brunswick County announces hiring of new county manager

     Brunswick County has named Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff as the new county manager. Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is retiring, effective Nov. 1.

    Hardy has worked as county manager since 2005. Prior to her appointment to the county manager’s post, she worked with the Brunswick County Schools system beginning in 1995.

    The July 26 announcement followed two executive sessions on July 23 and July 24. The board will officially announce Woodruff’s hiring at the next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, August 5.

  • Spray-painted message puzzles Holden Beach officials

     

    An disgruntled homeowner seems to be hoping a 10-feet-tall message spray-painted on the starboard side of his beach cottage will attract attention. It has.

    Traveling along Ocean Boulevard East in Holden Beach, it’s difficult not to notice the message, which reads “9 month No B-Permit Why??”

    The message also has Holden Beach town officials befuddled.

    The house, located at 180 Ocean Boulevard east of the bridge, appears to be vacant. The front door and windows are covered with plywood.