Today's News

  • Free AARP Tax-Aide available in county

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • Yesterday: Beatles Tribute Band invades BCCOWA Friday

    It was the 1960s, and another British Invasion had descended from across the pond, this time taking the Colonies by storm.

    At the helm of this 20th Century rock-and-roll revolution were The Beatles, aka the Four Lads from Liverpool whose jolting impact on American history and music is being felt to this day, 54 years after their live debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night, Feb. 9, 1964.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’

    Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting its first rendition of “The Vagina Monologues” in anniversary performances Feb. 2-4.

    The limited-run performances are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play and the founding of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, on the main BLT stage at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • Take a chance on Shallotte Rotary’s 13th Las Vegas Night

    The Shallotte Rotary Club Las Vegas Night fundraiser has come up aces for the past 12 years, and the 13th annual event will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    For the price of a ticket, gamblers can’t lose when they play games including blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and horse races as only Monopoly-type money is used for the games.

  • BLT Open Mic Poetry Reading gets lyrical Jan. 26

    Brunswick Little Theatre stages an Open Mic Poetry Reading on Friday night, Jan. 26, at the theater at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., followed by the readings at 7:30 p.m.

    The session will end when all the poets have had a turn. There will be cookies and a donation box to defray the cost of the cookies. If there is good participation and interest, BLT will have future poetry readings.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 8-21 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Jan. 8

    Breaking and entering on Beach Drive, where several TVs and a laptop were stolen from an office area.

    Mailbox damaged on Sandpiper Bay Drive.

    Communicating threats at Seaside Cleaners off Beach Drive.

    Jan. 9

    Harassing phone calls reported on Dogwood Drive.

    Charles Maree, 61, of Marsh Drive, arrested on second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation charges.

  • I just can’t get 2017 to go away

    One of my sisters and her family, along with our parents, spent last weekend on a cruise ship.

    The timing couldn’t have been better for them as they were able to escape the second snowfall of the year to dump on Raleigh.

    And my parents got to trade in living on the coast of Florida for visiting an island off the coast of Florida for a few days.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the General Assembly almost shut down because of 6 inches of snow in Raleigh; however, I was able to bring some of it here to Brunswick County.

  • You decide: What’s the future of retail buying?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in.

  • New year is finally in gear with local events

    This, to me, is when the new year really begins in Brunswick County — not Jan. 1, when we’re still recovering from the holidays.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 16, was the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting to kick off its plans for the year, an event preceded by the annual chairman’s awards gala Jan. 8. As a member of the chamber’s board of directors, I attended both.