Today's News

  • Dentistry before deployment

    Dr. Robert Quintano has heard his share of military stories from many soldiers who have served overseas.

    Earlier this month, he spent a weekend with soldiers ready for deployment at the South Carolina National Guard Armory in Greenwood. Quintano was contracted to perform dental work for the soldiers before they leave for Iraq.

    “They come home on leave for a year and then they have to reprocess through all the medical to go back to Iraq,” he said. “If there’s any kind of big problem, they fix them right there on the spot.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Jose C. Martinez, 28, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with disorderly conduct on East Second Street.

    •Forging/uttering at First Bank on Causeway Drive; unknown subject tried to pass a stolen check.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Monroe Street; suspect damaged door casing, locks and locket and took a flat screen TV.

  • New superintendent takes questions from the community

    After being introduced as Brunswick County’s new superintendent, Dr. Edward Pruden Jr. took the floor and answered community and media questions for about an hour.

    When asked why he wanted the position, Pruden said it was part of his career path’s “natural progression.”

    Pruden has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator in Virginia during his near 40-year career in education. He has served as the assistant superintendent for instructional administration since July 2007.

  • Three to be charged with Sunset Beach thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—Charges are pending against three South Carolina residents in connection with two break-ins and thefts reported in March in Sea Trail.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Tuesday detective Woody Dunn is going to charge the suspects with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny related to the incidents reported March 7 and March 8 at a Sea Trail restaurant and real estate office.

  • Awareness begins with those brave enough to speak out, regardless of how they sound

    “Migraine attack gives English woman a Chinese accent.”

    Sounds like one of those phony news stories you’d come across while browsing an “entertainment journalism” website, right? Or maybe you’d see it sprawled across the cover of a similar print product while scanning the racks at the check-out lanes at the supermarket right next to another headline that claims Elvis was last spotted going for a jog in a secluded neighborhood in southern New Mexico?

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves four-foot side-yard fences

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has unanimously approved an amendment to allow 4-foot-tall open fences in side yards for corner lots abutting street rights-of-way.

    In addition to the height restriction, fences must be in buildable portions of lots and at least 35 percent open.

  • Mother of abducted kids strives to keep the faith

    Amy Smith, computer mouse in hand, scanned the Internet, searching the umpteenth time for any snippet, guideline or miracle to help bring her little boys home.

    It’s become a daily ritual for the Ash mother, whose sons—7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan—are being kept by her husband without her permission in his native Canada, a seemingly amicable North American country where the odds and judgments have been mounting against her.

  • New chief chosen for Calabash EMS

     CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services has a new chief.

    William “Buzz” McManus was recently elected by the EMS board and has been on the job for about three weeks.

    McManus, 63, previously worked for about 35 years in telecommunications in the foreign services with the U.S. State Department, which involved extensive travel overseas.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge kicks indoor smoking habit

    CALABASH—It was no April Fool’s joke when Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 officially gave up smoking April 1.

    That was the date the lodge’s new rule prohibiting smoking inside its building on Carter Drive took effect.

  • Building HOPE bike rally gets ready to roll Saturday from Shallotte

    Building HOPE Ministries and Beach House Harley-Davidson are sponsoring the annual “Riding for Hope” ride and rally from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot at Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    The event is described as an evangelistic, fundraising outreach for prisoners’ children (Angel Tree kids).