Today's News

  • Babson organizes Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade

     SHALLOTTE — Eighty-three-year-old Jervie Babson felt like law enforcement was getting a bad rap in the news lately and wanted to do something about it.

    Babson, a Winnabow resident and member of the Cape Fear Cruisers car club in Wilmington, spearheaded an effort to hold a Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that began at Leland Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7, and ended at Jerome’s Steakhouse in Shallotte around lunchtime.

  • Five people arrested after agents find meth lab in Supply

     Five people were arrested after Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit found a meth lab in Supply on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    Forty-five-year-old Destry Brant Hall of Southport, 25-year-old Jesse Lee Mills of Bolivia, 27-year-old Matthew Alan Vitale of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 26-year-old Kenneth Odell Smith of Supply and Alice Fay Curl of Leland are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors, warrants show. They are each incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

  • Board members discuss leadership profile for prospective superintendent

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has formulated a profile of its ideal candidate for Brunswick County Schools superintendent.

    During the school board’s regular meeting Feb. 3, North Carolina School Boards Association staff attorneys Scott Murray and Jim O’Rourke of the North Carolina School Boards Association presented results from surveys conducted during past two months. The surveys were available online from early December 2014 until Jan. 23.

  • ‘St. Vincent of Sheepshead Bay:’ Well-hidden sanctity comes to light

     Were it not for a saint in the community sending me an urgent email with a command, “Go, see this movie,” I’d have missed a great opportunity. I’d have been deprived of the chance to laugh, cry, and be deeply moved by the reality of human sanctity as it is depicted in St. Vincent.

  • Escaped inmate, relatives face animal cruelty charges

     A Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility and four of the relatives accused of helping him evade capture each face an animal cruelty charge.

    Twenty-three-year-old William Hewett was captured Feb. 3 after a five-day manhunt. Deputies found him hiding in a camper shell on a parcel on Trails End in Southport near his residence.

    During a search of the area, members of the sheriff’s office Animal Protective Services found several animals in poor health, spokeswoman Emily Flax said following the arrest.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 


     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.

  • Pasta dishes should be simple and use fresh ingredients

    The major difference between pasta as served in Italy and pasta served elsewhere is that for an Italian, pasta is generally a first course, to be followed by a second course of some kind, such as meat, fish, vegetables or even a pizza.

    In other words, pasta is a part of the meal, but not the whole meal.

  • Veterans groups surviving in face of dwindling membership

    Local veterans posts are holding their own in the face of diminishing membership numbers, a district Veterans of Foreign Wars official says.

    Three years ago, VFW Post 9408 in Leland in northern Brunswick County shut down to consolidate with VFW Post 2573 in Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach council retreat Feb. 17 at Sea Trail

    Sunset Beach Town Council members will convene for their annual planning session (retreat) at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    A proposed annual planning session agenda was reviewed by council at its Dec. 11 work session. Town staff is preparing a packet per the proposed agenda and will be providing it to council and public later this week, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 3-9 2015

    The Sunset Beach Police Department made the following arrest and investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Feb. 3

    Justin Oliver Hammond, 31, of 821 Salt Marsh St., Sunset Beach, charged with resisting an officer.

    Feb. 9

    Breaking and entering and larceny of prescription sunglasses from a vehicle on Clubhouse Road.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of man’s and woman’s diamond wedding bands from a vehicle on Osprey Court.