Today's News

  • BCA students spread cheer with Christmas craft sale

    Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students have worked as hard as Santa’s elves to prepare for their annual Christmas craft sale.

    The students made more than 200 ornaments and crafts in five days.

    “We have been extremely busy,” Karen Babson said. “We’ve just done so much.”

    Ninth-grader Richial Stroman said some of the crafts, such as the snowmen wreaths, were complicated to make because there were many small parts and details to add.

  • Progress Energy purchases 198 bicycles for children this Christmas

    What began as an employee’s idea to give a bicycle to a child in need has turned into an annual staff fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars and helps hundreds of children each year.

    An employee at Progress Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant had the idea in 1997 and shared his desire to give a bicycle to a local child in need during the Christmas season. The idea spread through the plant, and enough money was raised to purchase 10 bicycles that year.

  • Band students perform in Winter Holiday Concert

    West Brunswick High School and Shallotte Middle School bands play holiday songs Monday at the Winter Holiday Concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Community college to offer free computer certifications

    Brunswick Community College is offering business certification vouchers for Microsoft Office Specialist 2003, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) 2007 and Advanced IT Training, as part of the Microsoft Elevate America N.C. Initiative.

    The vouchers can be obtained in Economic and Workforce Development Office on the Supply campus. There are specific time frames associated with each voucher. The Advanced IT Training vouchers must be activated by the recipient via Microsoft’s Web site at www.microsoft.com/elevateamerica before Feb. 24.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Watts Road in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect broke into victim’s residence and stole money and a firearm.

    •Property damage on Blackwell Road in Leland; suspect drove vehicle through victim’s fence.

  • Inshore fishing heating up in December

    Despite the colder weather and periods of rain, inshore fishing has really heated up in December. All the usual winter species are in place and biting, and fish continue a late-season surge that has them on the move and feeding.

    I got into the black drum last week at Sunset Beach. After nightfall I could have had all the 12- to 14- inch black drum I wanted. Caught about 20 until they tired me out, and kept eight for supper.

  • Golf action


    Results of the Beachcombers’ event in which the format was two low nets. Paul Michal, Stu Cleveland, Bob Byrne and Hal Riebesehl finished first at 11 under. Bob Smith, Jim Ritter Jim Beairsto and a draw were second at 9 under. Low gross: Michal, 86. Low nets: Byrne, 70; Michal, 73. Golfer of the week: Michal.


    On Dec. 7 at Farmstead, Sid Pennington, Ned Meier, John Ducey and Joe Gallo were first with a 148. Teams scored two nets per hole. Jim Kennedy, Hugh Chinn, John Ogden and Jody Serensits were second.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Dec. 12-13, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Carolina Shores, Magnolia Greens, Compass Point and Sunset Harbor. Driver’s license checkpoints were set up at Beach Drive, Ash-Little River Road, Gilbert Road and Mount Misery Road.

    K-9 deputies issued 15 citations and made 12 drug arrests. The following suspects were charged:

  • No more public business behind closed doors

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said recently the town is at a point of “forgiveness and forgetfulness…We’re starting new and afresh now. Those days are behind us.”

    Seems to us those days are yet behind the folks at Carolina Shores. Their antics of discussing things in closed session that should be discussed openly continue.