Today's News

  • Model Christmas choo-choos chugging through Grissettown-Longwood this weekend

    LONGWOOD—For the fourth year in a row, trains are pulling into the station—the one encompassing the Grissettown-Longwood Volunteer Fire Department, to be exact.

    The department’s annual Christmas Train Show is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the station at 758 Longwood Road.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

  • Rockslide makes for more interesting travel adventures

    If you’re venturing west anytime during the holidays—especially toward Tennessee via western North Carolina—don’t forget not to take Interstate 40.

    For anyone who’s been stuck under a boulder and hasn’t heard, a massive rockslide fell down and went kaboom there Oct. 25, near the line of demarcation between the Volunteer and Tar Heel states.

    Travelers have been living in interesting times ever since.

  • December is prime time for red-and-green winter tomatoes

    ASH—Don’t think tomato season is over just because it’s December.

    Winter tomatoes are just starting to ripen at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery. Other varieties are still being harvested at two other popular produce markets in the area.

    For the past few months, several greenhouse varieties have begun to color the landscape with seasonal red and green, in addition to a bonus yellow at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery in Ash.

  • From Cyber Monday to Tragic Tuesday: Sale extension may spur slow economy

    Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been on to something when he moved Thanksgiving up a week in 1939.

    Annually celebrated on the last Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1863, FDR chose to move the holiday a week earlier in ’39 at the requests of retailers and businesses.

    See, there were five Thursdays that November, and Thanksgiving fell on the 30th. Leaving only 25 days for shoppers to secure holiday goodies and only 25 days for businesses to cash in on the holiday rush, FDR chose to move the holiday that year and the next two.

  • Burglaries, thefts in Sunset Beach during Thanksgiving holiday

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a number of burglaries and thefts reported during the Thanksgiving holiday period and weekend.

    On Nov. 25, a Tom Tom GPS navigation system was reported stolen from a motor vehicle parked at Duncan Place.

  • Coastline Rescue Squad searching for more volunteers

    SUPPLY—Coastline Rescue’s dwindling volunteer roster has the squad chief and president worried about the volunteer squad’s future.

    Squad president David Robinson and chief Mike Murphy say the squad desperately needs volunteers. Unlike volunteer fire departments that receive money from fire fees in the district they serve, Murphy said volunteer rescue squads receive no state funds.

  • Burglary suspect arrested

    SUPPLY—When a resident of a vacation home on Talman Street in the Ocean View area of Supply came to Brunswick County this week, an unexpected visitor was in the home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Nelson Alexander Caraballo was living in the Talman Street home for an unknown amount of time, which was last secured by the homeowner in September.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    “A vacationer came into the residence and walked in and [Caraballo] was in there,” Caison said.

  • Senate votes to begin debate on healthcare bill

    It took a party-line vote for Senate Democrats to win the right to debate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on the Senate floor.

    Reid, a Nevada Democrat, introduced the Senate version of the bill Wednesday, Nov. 18.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Sheriff's office 'Bad Boys' trump drug treatment court participants on the hard court

    In what Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis called the “first annual” match up between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office “Bad Boys” and participants and volunteers with the Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court, the “Bad Boys” narrowly defeated their opponents 33-31.

    The “Bad Boys” joined drug treatment court participants and volunteers, including a probation officer, on the hard court last week at Brunswick Community College.

  • Trojans open home wrestling season

    The West Brunswick High School wrestling team opened its home wrestling season with three duals Nov. 24 at Shallotte Middle School, and the Trojans’ Ronnie Dellinger won all three of his matches at 103 pounds by pin.

    Against Jacksonville, West got all three of its victories by pin: Ronnie Dellinger at 103, Dylan Bernier at 119 and Bryan Murdaugh at 171. West lost 61-18.