Today's News

  • All the merriness of a picture-perfect holiday greeting card

    A little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy standing with a border collie in front of the Christmas tree, both wearing reindeer antlers. He is smiling. She is wagging her tail.

    Hallmark probably has a Christmas card just like that on a shelf somewhere. It’s probably $3 or less. I could have gone got a few of those and been done with it.

    But I didn’t.

    Every year, I get Christmas cards from my friends with their pictures of their children, pets and families. They always look really nice, and I say, “Why can’t I do that?”

  • Dog adoption leads to surprise 'baker's dozen' litter of 13 puppies

    SUPPLY—Susan Jagodzinski didn’t know her dog was pregnant.

    But she soon found out after adopting Sasha, a mixed-breed shepherd, from Brunswick County Animal Shelter in October.

    “She was fat; we didn’t think anything about it,” Jagodzinski said five days after Sasha delivered 13 puppies at Jagodzinski’s home in Supply.

    The “baker’s dozen” of puppies were born in the wee hours Nov. 28, two days after Thanksgiving.

  • Operation Seasons Greetings nets 31 drug arrests; 19 suspects remain at large

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram kicked off the holiday season last week with Operations Seasons Greetings.

    Launched around dawn Wednesday, Dec. 16, drug agents, sheriff’s deputies and local police officers split into teams and took to the streets, charged with rounding up suspects wanted in the large-scale drug investigation.

    By that evening, 28 people had been arrested, charged with 68 drug charges, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said.

  • Students help with BFA Christmas distribution

    Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) in Shallotte handed out more than 480 Christmas baskets to families in need last week.

    Students from Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) were on site last Thursday to help carry food bags and turkeys to people’s cars.

    OCS instructor Karen Babson said her students need work and community service hours to earn diplomas. Helping at BFA went toward the requirements and gave students a chance to see how they could make a positive impact in the community.

  • Sheriff's detectives investigating a stabbing death in Leland

    LELAND—Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a Leland man.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said Johnny Webb, 32, of 3460 Blue Banks Loop Road, died from a single stab wound to the chest early Sunday morning.

    Detectives responded to the Blue Banks Loop Road home around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, and Webb was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning chairman Jim Hartnett dies

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town lost its planning & zoning board chairman while the local fire department lost a valued volunteer last week.

    Jim Hartnett, chairman of the Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning Board and a longtime volunteer with the Calabash Fire Department, died last Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Hartnett, 76, had served as chairman of the town planning & zoning board since 2007. He also had been involved with the Calabash Fire Department for more than nine years.

  • Get festively fishy at area aquariums

    Looking for something to do during the long Christmas holiday weekend?

    Even in December, aquarium activity abounds both north and south of Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ripley’s Aquarium is showcasing “holiday wishes from 9,000 fishes.”

  • Police make another arrest in Hardee's case, seek suspect

    Shallotte Police have charged another person in connection with the armed robbery at Hardee’s on Main Street Dec. 12. They have also identified the alleged robber, who is still at large.

    On Tuesday, police charged Bobbie Diabo, 39, of 3686 Spring Dale Road, Little River, S.C., with aiding and abetting armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    She’s now custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

  • Holden Beach residents will have to replace corroded tanks, panels

    This wasn’t exactly the Christmas spending many Holden Beach homeowners had planned on.

    But rusty and corroded propane tanks and/or electric panels pose such an imminent danger that replacement will be required within 30 days.

    “The gas tanks can leak, and somebody’s flipping cigarettes off the back deck—or fireworks…” said Holden Beach town manager David Hewett. “I’m cognizant of the yard-Nazi thing on anything the building inspector does, but this is a no-brainer.”

  • Town hall renovations continue

    Renovations to the Shallotte Town Hall building on Cheers Street are continuing. In the fall, the town signed a contract with Landmark Builders to build $358,419 in additions to the town hall’s administration building including improvements to the exterior and installing an elevator inside.