Today's News

  • Soles turns himself in, released on bond following felony indictment

    WHITEVILLE—R.C. Soles Jr. turned himself in to the Columbus County Detention Center Friday morning, the day after a grand jury handed down a felony assault indictment.

    On Thursday, Jan. 7, a Columbus County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment, charging Soles with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    The next morning, Soles went to jail.

  • Visiting priest arrested for sexual battery; suspended from priesthood

    A visiting Catholic priest has been arrested in Brunswick County. He is charged with sexual offense and sexual battery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said the Rev. Edgar Sepulveda, 47, of 208 Cavenaugh St., Beulaville, was arrested Friday, Jan. 8, charged with one count of second-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual battery.

    He was suspended from the priesthood the same day.

    According to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Michael Burbidge suspended Sepulveda on Jan. 8.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED County wrestlers compete at Scorpion Invitational


  • African-American re-enactors join fray at Second Battle of Fort Fisher Program

    KURE BEACH—In January 1865, more than 3,000 United States Colored Troops (USCT) landed at Fort Fisher and participated in the Union Army campaign to take Wilmington.

    The impact of their presence will be reviewed when Fort Fisher State Historic Site has a panel discussion, “Black Men Bearing Freedom: U.S. Colored Troops and Their Impact on North Carolina,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in the Azalea Coast Room at the Fisher Student Center at UNC Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board revisits open-space zone for golf courses

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board reviewed again last week its recent recommendation for a golf-course open-space district after town council requested it.

    Board member Eddie Walters said the recommendation to rezone Sea Trail, Sandpiper Bay and Oyster Bay golf courses to the proposed open-space district “were right on the mark” to protect the sites as best they can.

    “The zoning recommendation we submitted was very consistent with surrounding property uses,” he said at the Jan. 7 planning board meeting.

  • Stormwater, paving on Carolina Shores retreat agenda March 9-10

    CAROLINA SHORES—Stormwater and paving projects will be main topics at a town board retreat set for March 9 and 10.

    However, town commissioners last week tabled a proposal to allow public comment at the specially called two-day session scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., tentatively at town hall, with a break for lunch each day.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said public comment has not been allowed in the past at town board retreats.

  • Southport man's son earns Bronze Star for post-9/11 jump into Afghanistan

    Something about the structure and discipline of military school really made an impression on Matt Dane.

    It spurred the son of Southport resident Pat Dane to straighten out his life, join the Army and, ultimately, become a hero—all to the surprise and pride of his father.

    Pat Dane recently learned the Army has officially recognized Matt Dane for his efforts, specifically, presenting him the Bronze Star for jumping into Afghanistan a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • How to keep gardens healthy when temperatures dip below freezing

    If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t “habla the Espanola.”

    Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low. So what does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is: “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine.

  • Waxing about the wax myrtle, a popular landscape tree

    Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) is a popular landscape tree and is often grown as a dense hedge for natural screening.

    It is one of the most versatile landscape plants in southeastern North Carolina, offering four seasons of beauty and service. It is a fine textured evergreen shrub or small tree. It will quickly reach heights of 15-25 feet. The narrow, evergreen leaves are a glossy, olive green and are quite aromatic when crushed, releasing a pleasant, spicy scent.

  • BEMC now accepting applications for 2010 community grants

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) invites local agencies and groups to apply for a 2010 BEMC Community Grant.

    The program was started in 2003 and provides grants up to $2,500 to groups that provide: family services programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants program has awarded nearly $168,000 to more than 100 projects benefiting citizens all over the area.