Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect stole victim’s camera system.

    •Property damage on Acres Circle in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s door by attempting to pry it open.

    •Larceny on Lott Avenue in Supply; suspect stole victim’s lock box with documents from victim’s residence.

  • Flounder situation complicated by uncertainties

    North Carolina’s southern flounder stock is in trouble and an eventual closed season is one of the possibilities for the future, according to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Dr. Louis Daniels.

    “We enacted a plan to reduce over-fishing in 2005, and the law says you have to end over-fishing in 10 years,” said Daniels, in an interview earlier Tuesday. “So what happens if we get to 2015 and we haven’t achieved that goal? One response would be to close the fishery if that happened.”

  • GPS golf system makes a great gift

    Every year, there are scientific improvements to the game of golf. Heavy steel shafts have been replaced by graphite and other light-composite materials. Real wooden woods have gone the way of stick shift cars and rotary telephones. Golf balls go farther and they can stick on a green like a dart if you hit them right.

    But the latest, biggest innovation to the world of golf is the range finder or GPS system. A few years ago, they were rare. Today, many serious golfers have them. Some courses even provide GPS systems on their carts.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Train show drawing festive weekend crowds

    Model trains of all sizes are pulling into the station—the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Station, that is—as the department’s fourth annual Christmas Train Show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

    Now, trains overtake the entire station as hundreds turn out to view them.

  • A useful end-of year list for those in need of a breather

    It’s the time of year when columnists enjoy making lists of things: the best movies, books or music of the year; the best or worst Christmas songs; dangerous toys to avoid giving your kids or the weirdest things to do the day after Christmas.

    Even though it’s a little too early to be doing a best/worst of the year column, and regular readers know all too well how I feel about holiday air pollution like “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” I still feel that yearly need to start listing things.

  • Annual Toy Run to benefit 85 children

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts will make a 75-100 mile poker run and then spend the afternoon shopping at Walmart with local kids in need of some Christmas cheer on Dec. 12.

    The annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Toy Run will begin with registration from 7:30-11 a.m., followed by the bike ride at 11:30 a.m., according to organizer Jerome Munna.

    The winner of the best poker hand will win a two-night, three-day stay compliments of Ocean Isle Inn at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Confessions of an undercover Santa Claus

    The history of Saint Nicholas originates from the year 346 A.D. and is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and bishop of Myra in what is now modern-day Turkey.

    He had a reputation for secret gift-giving and became a model for today’s legendary Santa Claus, a living example of many worthwhile virtues such as the love and care of children and generosity toward all.

    Beneath the costume of anyone playing Santa Claus is a real individual volunteering to briefly assume the identity of an ancient saint.

  • Saying goodbye to my best friend Bob

    With apologies to my wife, my best friend Bob passed away last Saturday night. His end came quickly and quite unexpectedly. I wish we could have spent more time together, but I appreciate the time, albeit short, we had.

    I first met Bob shortly after my wife and I moved to the Brunswick County area in 2001. He was barely old enough to feed himself and had been wandering in the woods around our house when we noticed him one day. It took a couple months of encouragement, but he finally decided to “adopt” us and two other families.

  • FAME at West Brunswick High School

    The West Brunswick High School Theatre Department performed "Fame, the musical," last month.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Brunswick Nature Park to open Friday, Dec. 5

    An old timber plantation between Belville and Southport off N.C. 133 has been revived as Brunswick County’s newest park, Brunswick Nature Park.

    Spanning more than 900 acres with Town Creek meandering through the property, Brunswick Nature Park is the county’s first park focused on passive recreation—walking, hiking, watching wildlife or just taking in nature.

    The park’s first phase is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 5, weather permitting, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.