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Today's News

  • Church wants to develop cemetery near Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is mulling a proposed zoning text amendment to allow cemeteries in its agricultural district.

    The proposed change, which requires a public hearing called at this week’s town board meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday, is the result of a request by a local church to develop a cemetery in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    At a town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday, Timothy Randall, trustee for Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, outlined hopes to have a cemetery on donated property.

  • Men charged with possession of stolen goods

    SUNSET BEACH—Two out-of-town men have been charged with possession of stolen goods following a routine traffic stop.

    Jeremy Lee Williams, 25, of 5636 West Market St., Apt. G, Greensboro, was charged with possession of a stolen license plate.

    Derek Lee Underwood, 25, of 228 Kent St., Apt. A, Burlington, was charged with possession of steaks stolen from Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    The charges were made March 31. The two were staying in the area just outside of Sunset Beach, according to Sunset Beach Police Det. Joe Smith.

  • One-cup coffeemaker a hot commodity—for manufacturer

    When I heard about a new kind of coffeemaker that brews java one cup at a time, I thought it was a step backward in the wrong direction.

    I mean, it took American pioneers (and me) centuries just to advance to a Mr. Coffee 12-cup drip-maker.

    But as most morning caffeinated drinkers probably know by now, one-cup brewers are hot stuff these days. Just select your favorite flavor, conveniently packaged in miniature “K Cup” pods that are also trendy—and pricey, ranking right up there with a stop at Starbucks.

  • 'Phased' tree removal approved for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has approved a tree-removal permit for Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club, with a few stipulations.

    Town Administrator Mike Hargett said the permit issued March 26 outlines “general and specific conditions” for tree removal in a phased manner. Each phase will require specific written approval by the town tree committee.

  • Fire department cooking up training at old eatery

    CALABASH—Somebody has been beating up on the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant building.

    Several somebodies, in fact. The Calabash Fire Department has been using the former eatery for weekly fire training.

    During training most Monday nights, the department has been chopping roof holes for ventilation training, making entries with hoses, breaching walls, using ropes and smoking up the building with smoke machines. Just a few months ago, smoking wasn’t even allowed in the building when it was still a restaurant.

  • Brunswick native to speak about book and organ donation

    CALABASH—The date is forever etched in Terri Godwin’s mind—June 12, 2002.

    That’s the day she and her older sister, Natasha, both underwent surgery at Duke University Medical Center, the day one of Terri’s kidneys was deftly removed to give to her ailing sister.

    “There were a lot of emotions,” says Terri. “But we also had a lot of prayer. It really helped us get through.”

    Nearly 10 years later, both sisters are alive and thriving.

  • West baseball loses for first time in conference

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost for the first time in the conference this season, falling 5-4 to Whiteville on April 3.

    Jesse Simmons and Markel Jones hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the third inning for the Trojans (6-1), but Whiteville scored all of its runs on home runs: Jacob Long hit a three-run home run, Zack Brown followed with a home run with two outs in the first inning and winning pitcher Hunter Smith hit was proved to be the winning home run in the fifth inning.

  • West baseball loses for first time in conference

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost for the first time in the conference this season, falling 5-4 to Whiteville on April 3.

    Jesse Simmons and Markel Jones hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the third inning for the Trojans (6-1), but Whiteville scored all of its runs on home runs: Jacob Long hit a three-run home run, Zack Brown followed with a home run with two outs in the first inning and winning pitcher Hunter Smith hit was proved to be the winning home run in the fifth inning.

  • Commissioners approve amended request for non-emergency transports

    BOLIVIA—About six times each day Brunswick County ambulances transport non-emergency patients.

    That number doesn’t include the emergency calls they also respond to.

    For more than 20 years, Supply-based Ameritech provided private ambulance services—specifically non-emergency transportation services in Brunswick County—until Feb. 27, when they significantly scaled back services.

    Since that time, Brunswick County EMS has picked up those patients for a total of about 194 non-emergency transports.

  • County planning board denies landfill expansion permit

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted five votes to two last Thursday to deny the county’s request to expand its construction and demolition landfill near Bolivia.

    After months of hearings, which included testimony for and against the proposed landfill expansion, board members denied the county’s request for a special exception permit to expand the current construction and demolition landfill at a called meeting Thursday, March 29.