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Today's News

  • Crabs welcome this weekend in Little River, S.C.

    Crustacean lovers are celebrating once again as the Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival gets under way this weekend for the 37th year.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, along the fishing village’s historic waterfront at Mineola Avenue.

    More than 300 arts and crafts, food and business vendors are scheduled in addition to a scheduled roster of entertainment.

    Saturday’s lineup consists of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 11:30 a.m. and Carolina Soul Band at 3 p.m.

  • Big Earl freed from Holden Beach shoreline Thursday

    Holden Beach — A week after washing ashore, Big Earl made its way back out to sea Thursday.

    Capt. Virgil Coleman was shrimping from the boat May 10 when winds blew a net into the boat’s propeller and got stuck, causing the boat out to drift to shore.

    Michael Staley of Browns Summit, a Holden Beach homeowner who was among those trying to free the boat, shared multiple posts to The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group Thursday morning giving updates on Big Earl. The boat made it offshore about 11 a.m.

  • Elections board to finalize primary vote tally Friday

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will meet Friday, May 18, to finalize the results of the May 8 primary election.

    Elections board director Sara Knotts said the board members will have a pre-canvass meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the elections board office, Building H, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE in Bolivia, to consider 73 provisional ballots and add supplemental absentee ballots.

    The regular canvass meeting will follow at 11 a.m. to finalize the election numbers.

    The primary election saw just 10.10 percent of Brunswick County voters turn out.

  • Kitten healing after roadside rescue

    Heather Harrison was on her way home from work in Shallotte on May 5 when she saw the vehicle in front of her swerve around something at the side of the road.

    Seconds later, she saw a tiny ball of fur trying to scoot farther back from the road, away from westbound traffic rushing past on N.C. 130 into Columbus County just before dusk.

  • 344 county teachers rally in Raleigh

    LELAND — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Carolyn Phillips planned to join 343 other teachers from the district at the state capital Wednesday for the “March for Students and Rally for Respect” organized by the nonpartisan North Carolina Association of Educators.

    District officials announced May 10 that classes would be canceled May 16 because of the large number of teachers who asked for the day off.

    The day was designated a non-required teacher workday and students do not have to make up the day.

  • BCAR: Real estate market shows signs of healthy, sustained growth

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market is showing steady momentum heading into summer, according to the latest statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Belville plans for small budget surplus

    BELVILLE — Belville officials continued budget talks that began March 17 at their May 14 meeting by discussing what to do with about $50,000 in extra revenue.

    Kemmy Goodson, the town’s financial consultant, presented revised revenue and expenditure numbers for the 2018-19 fiscal year budget, estimating $1,028,700 in revenues and $975,806 in expenditures.

    Commissioners Donna Schardien, Noreen Slattery and Joe Breault voted unanimously at the March budget meeting to hold Belville’s tax rate to 9 cents.

  • Sunset Beach meeting adjourned after councilman disruptions

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton abruptly adjourned Tuesday’s council meeting after repeatedly gaveling and asking councilman Richard Cerrato to stop interrupting and speaking out of order.

    Benton adjourned the May 15 morning meeting before council had finished addressing all meeting agenda items. Prior to that, he asked that Cerrato’s microphone be turned off as Cerrato continued to speak and disagree with meeting issues and procedure.

  • County approves $137M water plant expansion

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County committed to a $137 million expansion of the Northwest Water Treatment Plant including a $99 million reverse osmosis plant to filter out contaminants from the Cape Fear River, the source of the county’s drinking water.

    County commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to move forward on the RO/expansion project at a May 10 budget workshop for fiscal year 2018-19.

  • Pair charged in Leland break-in, assault

    Two people are accused of breaking into a Leland residence and assaulting two people there.

    Kaitlin Massey, 23, of Field View Way in Shallotte and Brenton Ludke, 27, of Wild Wing Road in Supply were arrested Sunday.

    Massey is charged with first-degree burglary, assault by strangulation and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, while Ludke is charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor simple assault.