Today's News

  • Child abuse prevention is still as important as ever

    Nearly five children in the United States die every day as a result of child abuse, according to Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to child abuse prevention. Childhelp’s position, and ours, is any number is too many.

    Brunswick County has not escaped this terrible problem. Just two months ago, a Leland man was charged in an updated indictment related to the death of a 15-month-old boy he is accused of killing last year.

  • Expressions of sympathy ease grief

    You know, I really believed our friend Sarah Sue Ingram would beat the cancer she had.

    Instead, it took her from us last month, barely more than 24 hours after I bought a new batch of silly greeting cards for us to sign and send to her, as she requested after she told us she was sick. It wasn’t much, but it was all she asked of us beyond our prayers and kind thoughts.

  • Sunset Beach restricts sand dune alteration

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved an amendment making it illegal to alter sand dunes except on two conditions.

    Council approved the measure for its Unified Development Ordinance at an April 19 meeting after a lawyer representing developers of Palm Cove on the east end of the island objected.

  • Calabash hops on microbrewery wagon

    CALABASH — Not one but two businessmen have expressed craft brewery aspirations in the Seafood Capital after the town board of commissioners last week approved a zoning change to accommodate such ventures.

    Lowell Puckett of Shallotte, who sought the change unanimously approved at the April 12 town board meeting, hopes to locate a brewery somewhere in town. Another man, Steve Stone of Calabash, said he, too, is interested in launching a local microbrewery.

  • Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll set for Saturday

    Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring with its own festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

    Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll will feature art, music and food.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash has invited about 20 local artists and artisans to showcase their work on 11 porches throughout the community off Pender Road. Winners of a recent Brunswick Community College student art competition will exhibit work inside Woodsong’s meeting hall.

  • Delicious fun at OBPS Strawberry & Wine Festival on April 24

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society’s fourth annual Strawberry & Wine Festival is the place for strawberry, wine and music lovers to be next Sunday.

    The OBPS is staging its fourth annual seasonal festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in the Grissettown community.

  • Holden Beach celebrates Days at the Dock April 23-24

    Get ready to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is an annual mainstay at annual Days at the Dock festivities, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 14, 2016

    Sunset Beach Police Department

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

    April 14

    Larceny by employee at Market Express. Warrants issued for April D. Canaday, 34, of 1309 Hale Swamp Road, Shallotte.

  • Carolina Shores OKs pond study

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has approved funding not to exceed $50,000 to study stormwater ponds.

    Approval came at the board’s monthly meeting April 7 to authorize additional funds to study town hall campus stormwater ponds, eliminate nuisance yard flooding and removal of trees.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said it appears an engineering evaluation is needed to assure the system is functioning correctly. He cited trees that need to come out, justifying a need to study the topography as part of the study.

  • Bolivia forest fire 70 percent contained

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    BOLIVIA — A 1,600-acre woods blaze that broke out Tuesday afternoon between Clemmons and Midway roads off N.C. 211 is 70 percent contained, a forestry official said Wednesday.

    A power outage attributed to the fire and affecting approximately 50,800 meter locations also occurred shortly after midnight.