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Today's News

  • R.A.C.E. helps dogs rescued from hoarding

    Dogs rescued from a Forsyth County hoarding situation are getting a chance for a better life in Brunswick County thanks to Rescue Animals Community Effort.

    Cheri McLain, R.A.C.E. founder and president, and volunteers picked up a Chihuahua and 13 other mixed dogs in Wilmington on Aug. 4 to take them to foster homes in Brunswick County. RACE is 8 years old this month.

    The Winston-Salem Journal reported 78 dogs were seized from the Winston-Salem home of Fredrick Chriscoe, 74, on July 27, although he has since been reunited with 15 of them.

  • Holden Beach rallies for family of teen with cancer

    HOLDEN BEACH — When Tennie Carpenter asked her 14-year-old grandson Eli Clark on July 31 where he’d want to go on a trip, he told her Holden Beach, where his family from Parkersburg, W.Va., had been making their summer home since 1983.

  • Harrington Village neighbors want street redesign improved

    LELAND — Residents with complaints about how the Harrington Village development has worsened traffic into their neighborhood are taking them to town hall Aug. 20.

    Before the Harrington Village subdivision plan was approved in August 2016, property owners told town council members during a public hearing they were upset with the proposal to add an extension to Baldwin Drive, creating a new street through Harrington Village that connected with Fairview Drive.

  • Calabash man claims $120K lottery prize

    Claude Parcell III of Calabash is celebrating after he won a $120,000 Cash 5 jackpot, according to a N.C. Education Lottery news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

    Parcell bought a $1 ticket at the Circle K on Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach. His ticket beat odds of one in 749,398 to win Monday’s jackpot.

    Parcell claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $84,601.

  • OIB seeks bike grant to hasten repaving First Street

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials will apply for a Grand Strand Area Transportation Study grant to support a bike lane installation project on East and West First streets.

    Town commissioners voted during their Aug. 14 meeting to adopt a resolution of support to apply for $385,000 from the GSATS local direct attributable funds program and match the grant with $315,000 from the town.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the program could assist efforts to have First Street repaved by adding four-foot bike lanes on either side of the street.

  • Superfund site section may be ready to develop in 2 years

    NAVASSA — The first phase of development of the Kerr-McGee Superfund site in Navassa is still 18 to 24 months away, cleanup officials said at the quarterly update meeting Aug. 9 at Navassa Community Center.

    But it’s the first notice residents received that the project is ready to move beyond samples and testing into clean up for the northern section of the site.

  • Grand jury indicts Southport police chief, lieutenant

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Southport police chief Gary Lee Smith and his second in command, Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, after they were arrested July 26 on public corruption charges.

    The grand jury indicted each Aug. 6 on charges of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, willful failure to discharge duties and obstruction of justice District Attorney Jon David and Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery

    The District Attorney’s Office served Smith on Aug. 8 with another count of obtaining property by false pretense, Emery said.

  • Leland EDC workforce development discussion delayed

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee plan for improving workforce development hit a snag when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb announced Aug. 7 he would retire in September.

    The LEDC intended to meet with representatives from Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick Community College to discuss developing more technical programs that could lead students from high school into a two-year degree program.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Ash Dollar General store robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed the Dollar General in Ash last week. No one was injured.

    The robber was holding a handgun when he entered the store at 2085 Longwood Road about 10 p.m. Aug. 11, demanded the clerk open the store’s safe and give him money. When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, he demanded money from a cash register, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Mulberry Park Community Center nears completion

    Renovation of the new Mulberry Park Community Center in Shallotte is expected to be completed by the end of this month, Mayor Walter Eccard said at the Aug. 7 board of aldermen meeting.

    “We have been dogged a little bit by the rain,” Eccard said, noting two concerts had to be rescheduled.

    The lineup now consists of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 16, and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues on Aug. 30.

    Eccard said the new facility should be ready for dedication in September.