Today's News

  • Memorial Day ceremonies honor those who gave all

    It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of the country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Thursday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • N.C. State Highway Patrol urges planning ahead for Memorial Day travel

    RALEIGH — With an estimated 37.6 million motorists taking to the roadways this Memorial Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before traveling.   

  • Durham participates in Relay as 21-year cancer survivor

    SHALLOTTE — Ocean Isle Beach resident Kimmie Durham has committed the better part of her adult life advocating for cancer survivors.

    That’s why it surprised no one when Durham showed up right behind West Brunswick High School’s Color Guard on Friday, May 17, as Relay for Life began in Shallotte last week. 

  • DOT plans for overpass interchange at crowded county intersection

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation plan for an overpass interchange at U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 to replace the signaled intersection could begin in five years.

    NCDOT hosted a drop-in style public meeting May 16 at the Brunswick Center Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Place near the U.S. 17/N.C. 211 intersection to provide a video presentation, maps and NCDOT staff to answer questions about the project.

  • Shallotte Treatment Associates sheds light on recovery

    Brunswick and New Hanover counties are among the four counties in North Carolina with the highest death rates due to heroin overdoses.

    North Carolina experienced an 800 percent increase in opioid drug deaths from 1999 to 2016, largely driven by a growth of illicit heroin use, according to a study of death certificates conducted by a team of Duke University students and faculty.

  • Siblings find each other through DNA match

    VARNAMTOWN — It was Thanksgiving 2015, and Debra Smith took dinner up to her elderly mom, Elsie Yosia Kelly, during a visit in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

    “My mother was having a bad Thanksgiving,” recalled Smith, who now lives in Holden Beach with her husband, Mike.

    “None of the other kids were around,” she recalled. “That’s when she informed me she had come to Wilmington and given up a child for adoption.”

  • SB fitness trail plans scrapped

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Tuesday voted to withdraw last week’s approval of the Sunset Vision fitness trail after learning property to be given to the town came with an annual POA fee of “approximately $3,000.”

    Town councilman John Corbett, who is also an advisory committee member of Sunset Vision, read a prepared statement at the May 21 meeting detailing the cost he said they didn’t know about.

  • Proposed $1.32 million Calabash budget calls for no rate hike

    CALABASH — Calabash commissioners have approved a June 11 public hearing for the town’s proposed $1,322,616 budget for fiscal 2019-2020.

    The budget calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at .0875 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as it has been for the past eight fiscal year budgets, Town Administrator Chuck Nance notes in his budget message included in the packet for the town board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, May 14.

    Copies of the budget are also available at town hall.

  • EMS Week recognizes those on the front lines

    Many awake each morning with some trepidation about going to work; for others work is a passion on which they thrive.


    This is the case for Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics Lyle Johnston and Kat Corrigan.


  • Attorney files for court review of Calabash complex

    A Calabash resident who is also an attorney has filed a petition seeking court review of the town’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex on Thomasboro Road.

    Sandra Lefenfeld filed a petition April 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court requesting review of town commissioners’ April 4 approval of Woda Cooper Development Inc.’s three-story, multi-building apartment complex planned in the town’s central business district across from Harbor Drive.