Today's News

  • Most Interesting: Ray Mercer

    SHALLOTTE—Ray Mercer is in his element on a sunny December afternoon, in his office at WOW Real Estate just off Main Street in downtown Shallotte.

    Mercer, 55, is hoping and praying for president-elect Barack Obama’s new administration and expressing a hopeful outlook for the real estate field he joined nine months ago.

    “It’s going to come back,” said the broker-in-charge. “Our economy is based on the real estate market.”

  • New Year’s predictions don't always ring true

    Laura Lewis

    It was just a little over year ago I was traipsing the streets of Calabash on a late December morning, conducting an unscientific survey of local breakfast diners willing to foresee what lay ahead in 2008.

    One year later, I can reflect it’s a good thing Calabash is renowned for its seafood, because when it comes to skilled psychics, it doesn’t have any.

    Rate of people who predicted Barack Obama would be elected president: Zero.

  • Most Interesting: Eddie Hill

    Eddie Hill knows the transforming power of religious faith.

    His faith in God has taken him from an aimless college graduate trying to find the right career path to a Duke Divinity School student to a pastor at a growing, vibrant church in Brunswick County, where he and his wife are raising their four sons.

    Since Hill and his family came to Sharon United Methodist Church near Holden Beach in 2002, the church has grown exponentially, and has encouraged mission work, prayer groups and local outreach to people in need.

  • Most Interesting: Inge Arnold and Emily Reese

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff writer

    Inge Arnold and Emily Reese are two hard-working ladies—and they’re not doing it for the money. They’re volunteers. Though they’ve reached retirement age, both ladies choose to work because they want to and they enjoy helping others.

    Inge Arnold

    Inge Arnold, 73, was born and raised Germany. A member of a family of 10, she remembers her family struggling through hard times during the war. Her family was more fortunate than others because they had a garden and chickens to provide them with food.

  • Martin Luther King Day celebrations set in Brunswick County

    Several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are scheduled for Jan. 16-19 in Brunswick County, including an annual march, youth forum and roundtable discussion, as well as a speech from King’s nephew.

    The Brunswick County Chapter of the NAACP has scheduled its annual three-day event beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the ILA Hall in Southport.

    This opening event will be a youth forum to address issues related to young people and includes entertainment and refreshments. The public is invited, and admission is free.

  • Brunswick Search and Rescue seeks donations for drowning recovery equipment

    The Brunswick Search and Rescue team is seeking donations to help purchase equipment for underwater recovery.

    Canine counterparts of the Brunswick Search and Rescue Team recently assisted in the recovery of a drowning victim in the Cape Fear River, and search and rescue team chief Christy Judah said the equipment they plan to purchase would streamline the underwater recovery process.

    Judah said the team’s human remains detection dogs could detect human scents underwater, which enables law enforcement officers and divers to reduce the search area.

  • Construction under way on Brunswick’s future hospital

    First comes the elevator shaft—next is the steel.

    Construction on the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center is under way, and the first upward movement is the construction of an elevator shaft, Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    While construction workers have been busy with underground work since the hospital’s groundbreaking in June, the hospital’s elevator shaft is the first above-ground structure to take shape on the construction site off U.S. 17 in Supply.

  • Charges filed in fatal bridge wreck

    WILMINGTON—The driver who police say caused a fatal wreck on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in November has been charged for his role in the wreck.

    William McMillian II, 55, of Leland, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, according to Wilmington Police Department spokesperson Lucy Crockett.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Myia Lashae Shepard, 29, of Wilmington, died after the car she was traveling in was struck by a flatbed truck driving in the opposite direction.

  • Most interesting: Peggy Allen

    In her previous life, Peggy Allen was a pediatrician. Now, at 90 years old, she’s happily enjoying retirement with her husband of 58 years, Bob, and the newest addition to their Shallotte Point home —8-month-old Shadow.

    With cascading views of Sasspan Creek, the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean from their porches and nearly every room in the home, it’s easy to see why the Allens left behind the hustle and bustle of Glen Cove, N.Y., for a slower pace of life in Brunswick County.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and issued the following charges last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Communicating threats on Woodford Drive; suspect called victim and threatened him and his wife.

    •Larceny on New Pointe Boulevard; suspect stole $130 from victim’s purse.

    •Larceny on Old Forest Drive; suspect stole his son’s dog box from the bed of his truck while it was in his yard.