Today's News

  • Ground covers as lawn alternatives

    By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    A popular choice for areas in your lawn, turf grass provides an attractive and durable surface for areas that receive a lot of use in your yard, but can also require a lot of upkeep. An alternative to a traditional lawn, ground covers provide a low-maintenance alternative that is beneficial to wildlife and highly attractive landscape addition. If you are searching for something different this year, consider planting ground covers as a lawn alternative to help reduce stormwater pollution and save money.

  • Trojans defeat Cougars 46-7
  • National Weather Service updates hurricane forecast

    A hurricane warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina to the South Santee River in South Carolina including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties and Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina The warning is also in effect for the adjacent coastal and offshore waters.

    A tropical storm warning has been extended farther inland and now includes Columbus, Robeson and Bladen counties and Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.

  • West Brunswick beats South Brunswick 1-0 in soccer

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 1-0 in a conference soccer game Oct. 5.

    The victory completed a season sweep of the Cougars and kept the Trojans in contention for the Class 3A title in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference.

    West is 2-1 and Topsail 2-0 in the 3A part of the conference. West has a rematch with Topsail on Oct. 25. West is 2-10-1 overall.

    South is 0-3 in the 3A part of the conference, 0-11 overall.

  • Man dies in Supply single-vehicle crash

    A man died in a single-vehicle crash at 10 p.m. in Supply on Monday, Oct. 3.

    A truck traveling east in the 2100 block of Kirby Road SW overturned, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, said David Robinson, captain of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The man, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Medication drop box available at Shallotte police station


    The Shallotte Police Department now has a medication drop box available for public disposal.

    Capt. Scott Branning said the department received the box the week of Sept. 19. It will be available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the department at 114 Cheers St. No sign-in or appointment is necessary.

    Medicines can be brought in their containers or in bags and dropped into the box— no questions asked, Branning said. No liquids, lotions or sharp objects can be dropped in the box.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting two girls

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to serve at least 19 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls two years ago.

    Douglas Len Burris, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 29, to one count each of statutory rape and statutory rape/sexual offense, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release.

    Burris was accused of raping two girls, each between ages 13 and 15, in June 2014 and September 2014 in Brunswick County, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: Illness in Egypt, or ‘Lindsay’s ears are stuffed with mummy linen and her nose is stopped up like the Aswan Dam’

    This column doesn’t quite showcase my derpish moments quite like the other two, but it’s still worth its own column nonetheless, and is a good how-to piece for those of you reading as well.

    When I went to Egypt in January 2015, I lived in southeastern Ohio. Even though it was south, it was as cold as any other part of the state, with snow stubbornly sticking to the ground as I parked my car at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

  • West Brunswick student to educate, inform peers during Mental Illness Awareness Week

    In 1990, the National Alliance on Mental Illness declared the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of efforts to bring awareness to mental illness. This week, one West Brunswick High School sophomore is hoping to bring that effort to her fellow classmates.

    Lauren Sidelinger, 15, of Shallotte said her interest in psychology is what led her to taking a course on abnormal psychology during her time this summer at the Duke Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP.

  • Gore remembered as dedicated civil servant

    Family, friends and public safety personnel are mourning Mark Gore, director of operations for Brunswick County EMS, who died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 1, at his home. He was 55.

    “Mark was just an amazing man, pure and simple,” said Rich Burns, Brunswick County EMS training officer.

    Gore was a member and the chief of the Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad from 1989 until its closure in 2008. He was also one of the first six paid paramedics with Brunswick County EMS on April 1, 1991.