Today's News

  • Give many thanks for generosity

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we need to recognize how many of our neighbors are struggling here and across the state.

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition’s recent fifth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet called attention to the number of people in our community, including children, who have no stable residence.

  • Gratefulness offered in advance for driving safely

    Most of our newsroom and many of our other coworkers will be among the estimated 2 million Carolinians AAA estimated will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. The nonprofit motorists’ group defines the travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

  • Leland Causeway Bridge project completed ahead of schedule

    By Karen Eason Collette

    Guest Columnist

    Performing road construction on a heavily traveled highway is like remodeling a house while you’re still living in it. Although the process can be stressful and inconvenient at times, the final product is rewarding.

    This sentiment is now being shared by thousands of Wilmington and Leland area commuters who navigated through the Leland Causeway Bridge project, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects in the history of our region.

  • Support your local retailers

    By Andy Ellen

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina harder than anyone could have imagined.

    Millions of North Carolinians were affected either by wind damage, power outages or flooding.

    While none of us ever want any disaster to occur, fortunately, when they do happen, they seem to bring out the best in people.

  • Sunset Beach cabana ban evolves into focus on umbrellas

    After Sunset Beach Town Council voted to ban the sun-shading cabanas and tents on a 3-2 vote last Tuesday, Nov. 15, owners of cabana rental companies say they are going to go with the majority flow and focus on renting umbrellas next summer.

    Milton Burns, owner of In the Shade beach canopies and tent rentals near Sunset Beach, spoke against the ban at last week’s meeting. He later said council’s decision would affect his livelihood.

    Burns said he has been doing the rentals for the past nine years.

  • BFA focuses on annual holiday distribution

    As of last week, Brunswick Family Assistance has distributed all of its Tree of Hope tags and is poised for its annual holiday distributions of gifts and food to more than 1,000 people in need.

    “All tags have been distributed to the community,” BFA distribution program manager Charles Jackson said of the annual effort to provide items to those less fortunate in Brunswick County.

  • Holiday events light season and weekend in OIB

    “After Thanksgiving” means more than Black Friday or recovering from too much turkey and trimmings in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It’s also the time for holiday festivities to begin in the South Brunswick Islands town.

    This year’s festivities launch a day earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, with a tree lighting and caroling at the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department at 105 Causeway Drive.

  • Beer & Brats fundraiser set for Friday at OIB museum

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its fourth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St.

    Event-goers will be treated to freshly cooked unlimited bratwurst, hand-cut fries, cold beer and soda, said Linzy Cook, museum marketing coordinator.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will offer six kinds of beer including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Harley Pope Porter and Gee Bee Honey Pale, plus some of their best-selling craft beers.

  • Ocean Isle Beach personality Miller Pope dies

    He was renowned for his art, entrepreneurship and upbeat take on just about everything life brought his way.

    Ocean Isle Beach businessman Miller Pope lived life creatively almost up to his last day this past Sunday, Nov. 20, when he died at 87.

  • Leland man wins $110,000 Cash 5 jackpot

    For most people, their hair stands on end when they’re frightened, but for Patrick Davenport of Leland, when the hair on his arm stands on end, it’s a sign of good luck.

    That’s exactly what happened Wednesday before he won a $110,000 Cash 5 jackpot, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.

    Davenport, who owns his own painting business, said he knew he would win that afternoon.