Community News

  • Brunswick native throws hat in ring for lieutenant governor

    Protecting property rights, ending “corporate welfare” and fighting the national ID card movement are high on Phillip Rhodes’ priority list as he begins campaigning for lieutenant governor of North Carolina.

    The Brunswick County native, who now lives in Chapel Hill, recently filed as the Libertarian candidate for the second-highest office in the state, soon after the party was reinstated in North Carolina.

  • Gores take love of dance to the stage for 'Stars' fundraiser

    When it comes to social dancing, Ed and Dinah Gore are each other’s favorite partners, but when it comes to Brunswick Community Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars fundraiser, Dinah says she and her professional partner Paul McTaggart are the ones to watch.

    “We have fun with it, but I’m pulling for Dinah,” Ed said. “I’m not trying to win; I’m trying to do a good job.”

    Dinah made it clear—she’s trying to win, and she has no problem asking Ed to help.

  • Girls' summer camp digs volunteer day

    On a hot mid-June morning, 73-year-old William Gause relaxes on a picnic table in the shade of an old oak tree while nine middle-school-aged girls tear up his front lawn with garden trowels and cultivators.

    A green cap casts a shadow over Gause’s face as he watches the girls at work. He spends most of his days like this, sitting under the oak tree and listening to church music. Gobs of Spanish moss hang from the tree’s limbs, giving it a weeping quality.

    “I hung that moss,” he says, his voice soft and proud.

  • Hope Harbor Home announces staff changes

    Lynn Carlson, Hope Harbor Home’s community resource director since February 2005, has been appointed executive director after serving as interim executive director since early January.

    Hope Harbor Home has provided shelter and other services to Brunswick County domestic violence victims and their children for 20 years.

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to take on this challenge, and I’m excited about the future of Hope Harbor Home,” Carlson said.

  • Ocean Isle missionary group makes a difference worldwide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Divine Faith Missions, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization based out of Ocean Isle Beach, will contribute time and money to three missionary organizations this year—Samaritans International, Songs of Joy Children’s Home and Flute Maker Ministries.

    Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, has been participating in missionary work for more than 12 years, but saw a disconnect when it came to knowing exactly what to send to certain areas of the world.

  • New books are available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.

  • Widow remembers husband lost to murder as loving, caring father

    Adam Bradshaw is not a number. Though he was the second of three murder victims this year in Brunswick County, his widow Shannon says he was more than a number, more than a statistic, more than a newspaper headline, more than a victim of a senseless, violent murder.

    Adam was a father who loved his son and a husband who loved her, Shannon recalled on a recent summer afternoon at her Brierwood home.

  • Travelers scope out cheaper wheels

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—As gas prices rise, two local entrepreneurs have been welcoming heavier traffic at their new business.

    Doug Tilley and David Mercer, co-owners of D&D Scooters, say business has been brisk at their new scooter sale and rental business on Beach Drive.

    “We’ve had a lot of traffic in here,” Tilley said last week as the two waited for customers at the lot where several two-wheeler mopeds in bright primary hues of red, blue and yellow stood facing traffic moving along Beach Drive at the corner of Spruce Street near Sands Plaza.

  • Residents look elsewhere for income as gas prices soar

    Back in the good ol’ days, the only thing you had to do to pay for a tank of gas was reach into your wallet.

    With fuel averaging $4 a gallon and prices increasing in food and just about any other product imaginable, it’s no surprise people are reaching far beyond their wallets to make ends meet.

    Pawnshops around the area have seen an increased flow of traffic in the past few months, people from all walks of life needing to make a few bucks.

  • Ministry provides help in tough times

    Putting food on the table is one thing no family should have to worry about, even in the most difficult times.

    That’s one reason Angel Food Ministries has been popular for many families in Brunswick County since the Brunswick Baptist Association signed on as a host site for the nonprofit agency two years ago.