Today's News

  • Rivers Edge has Relay for Life golf tourney

    Rivers Edge golf community sponsored a Relay for Life golf tournament that raised $17,000 for the American Cancer Society Brunswick County.  

    Other Relay for Life activities brought the total of the 2015 Rivers Edge Relay for Life contribution to $18,869. This was $7,000 more than what the community raised in 2012.


  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by the kennel’s owners at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

    Crews were able to respond quickly because they had been investigating an unrelated brush fire on Green Bay Road.

  • Wahooligans win Jolly Mon King Classic

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    The 2015 Jolly Mon week is officially in the books and, boy, was it a good one.

    This week was full of events and fishing tournaments, which began with the new Jolly Mon VIP tournament June 17. This particular tournament was designed to take the best anglers from our area and make them all fish in one spot. They were unable to possess live bait before leaving the dock. This eliminated all advantages larger fishing teams with larger boats have when fishing these tournaments.

  • Burning up the redfish

    The heat has raised the water temperature to the upper 80s and on occasion we have seen 92- degree water temperature at low tide in some of the creeks. At those temperatures, the bait in our live wells are having a hard time staying alive. You can add a few frozen bottles of water to the live well to extend your live bait’s longevity and keep them lively.

  • Ashley Sloup reaching goals in golf

    In January of 2014, I wrote a column about Ashley Sloup. Her golf team at South Brunswick High School had just won the 3A East Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. And, she had just been awarded an athletic scholarship to Winthrop University.

    Last week, I had the pleasure of playing golf with Sloup at the Players Club at St. James Plantation, where she works in the pro shop. Our playing partners were Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. We had a blast! 

  • Rankin blocks kick, helps Fever triumph

    Brandon Rankin helped the Tri-Cities Fever win its final football game of the regular season by blocking an attempted field goal.

    The block enabled the Fever to beat the Iowa Barnstormers 42-39 June 13 in the Indoor Football League game in Kennewick, Wash.

    For Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate who turns 27 on June 24, the block was his third of the season.

  • Brunswick County American Legion Baseball

    The Brunswick County American Legion Baseball team opened its home season June 15  and has played three straight home games.

    Brunswick beat Wilmington Post 10 4-3, beat Jacksonville 13-12 June 16 and lost 8-6 in 10 innings June 17 to Hampstead Post 167.

    Against Post 167, Brunswick had 13 hits. Kevon Perkins had three singles, a triple and three RBIs. He also walked and caused two balks.

  • Coast Guard, county paramedic render aid to boat passenger

    Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday on a boat outside Southport.

    Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification about noon from the 25-foot recreational vessel, which had five people aboard, about a 35-year-old man who was having heart problems and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to a Coast Guard news release. The boat was about 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

  • Sunset Merchants Association get a grilling about marketing

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Merchants Association is being scrutinized by some town council members who wonder how money given to the group is affecting visitation to the town.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday,

    town councilman/mayor pro tem Lou De Vita told merchants association board member Darren Bouley there are “some real problems.” He also asked how posting information about the planetarium and the concert series helps tourism.

  • Calabash maintains 8.75-cent tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a $1.229 million budget that will maintain an 8.75-cent tax rate per $100 valuation for fiscal 2015-16.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly board meeting June 9, said the tax rate is the same as last year’s despite the 2015 Brunswick County tax revaluation in which the town lost about 19 percent of its tax value.

    “I just hope the public realizes we’re not raising their taxes in this coming year,” town commissioner Sandy Melahn said.