Today's News

  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thompson

    Guest Columnist

    Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions. The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.

    Small business, on the other hand, came in second with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 13

    Obtain property by false pretense; some reported being the victim of a scam.

    Larceny of merchandise from the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart.

    Nov. 14

    Jacob Lee Sealy was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Two-vehicle traffic crash on Ploof Road and U.S. 17 resulting in property damage.

  • You decide: How can North Carolina use economic trends?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As I travel the state giving presentations about the economy, there’s one common trait I find regardless of where I am: People are anxious about the economy.

    Although there’s been economic improvement since the Great Recession, I sense uneasiness among many people about how long the gains will last. Many believe the economic future is no longer in their hands and it is subject to forces and actions beyond their control.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 18

    Communicating threats and damage to personal property; someone threw pictures at the victim at a Paisley Drive apartment.

    Nov. 20

    Melissa Leigh Patton, 20, Ridge Road SW, Supply, was cited on a charge of concealing merchandise while still on the premises of Belk.

  • Belville awaits late November start of riverwalk construction

    The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park pier and boardwalk project construction is expected to begin Nov. 30.

    In September, TJ’s Marine Construction of Pantego was awarded a $385,000 construction contract by Belville’s town board to start work on the first phase of the project, which includes a 120-foot pier, a 125-foot long footbridge and a 693-foot boardwalk.

    Commissioner Joe Breault anticipated the first work to take place would be the contractor installing test pilings in the Brunswick River to see where they hit bedrock.

  • Sunset Beach council makes correct call on vacancy

    While it may not be clear whether Terry Johnson’s resignation from Sunset Beach Town Council after serving two years of a four-year term was expected, it seemed most were taken by surprise when he tendered it on Election Day, Nov. 3.

  • Give thanks for humor and understanding

    There’s a website I visit from time to time and follow on Facebook called Overheard in the Newsroom. The point of it is to deliver “the best overheard comments and conversations in any newsroom.” I find it’s always good for a laugh.

    Since about a third of my friends are current or former journalists, I stumble across many snippets of conversations on this site that are eerily similar, if no identical, to conversations I’ve either taken part in or overheard in newsrooms where I’ve worked going on 25 years now.

  • Sunset Beach 'old council' debates process for vacant seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Old council or new council?

    A tug-of-war erupted among Sunset Beach Town Council members at their standing-room-only Nov. 17 workshop about how to best fill the vacant council seat of Terry Johnson, who abruptly resigned on the afternoon of Election Day, Nov. 3, after serving less than two years on council.

    Council voted to accept Johnson’s resignation at its next meeting in December rather than at the work session.

  • Trains and tractors on track for holiday events

    Model trains are rolling into their respective stations at two venues this holiday season.

    The first event has been making whistle-stops during November, including Thanksgiving weekend at Calabash Marketplace at 10050 Beach Drive.

    The marketplace is partnering with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club to expand train exhibits during the month of Thanksgiving.

    Highlights include eight operating layouts. Thanksgiving weekend, the club will be hosting workshops and clinics.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Nov. 13, 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 13

    Larceny of vehicle reported on Sunset Boulevard North.