Today's News

  • Saving lives, giving hope

    Seeing a 16-year-old girl, stricken with polio as a baby, walk for the first time in her life after receiving surgery from Rotarians in India was something Vince Juric will never forget.

    That was just one of the many unforgettable experiences the Brunswick Plantation resident and member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club saw last month during his trip to India with other members of Rotary District 7730.

  • 'World Day of Prayer' reminds us of the beauty, celebration at the heart of praise music

    Last week’s “World Day of Prayer” celebration at Seaside United Methodist Church reminded me what I like most about spiritual music: the joy and celebration.

    The participants were all women from local churches in the South Brunswick Interchurch Council who dressed in traditional African garb to celebrate and honor the women of the African nation of Cameroon.

  • Shallotte promotes Gaither, Serkin, increases salaries

    Two Shallotte town employees have received promotions and pay increases as requested by the town’s new administrator.

    At its last meeting, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved promoting finance director Mimi Gaither to the position of assistant town administrator. Her annual salary will increase from $52,874 to $57,874.

    According to Hughes, Gaither will assume his duties when he is not in the office and will help with other non-financial duties as assigned.

  • Brunswick EDC courting 17 companies to set up shop

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is in talks with representatives from 17 businesses about bringing their operations to Brunswick County.

    Industries ranging from metal fabricators to distribution centers and from green industries to boatbuilders are now considering Brunswick County as possible headquarters, according to EDC executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • Stolen tractor recovered after Craigslist posting


    SUNSET BEACH—Police have recovered a tractor reported stolen in November 2006.

    The John Deere 430 with bucket and scraper was located in Whiteville after a local man saw it listed for sale on Craigslist.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said the former owner was able to verify it was his tractor. The Whiteville man listing the tractor said he had bought the vehicle from someone else.

    The matter is still under investigation, Smith said.

  • Sheriff’s detective searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teenager from Shallotte.

    Natasha Breann Shepard, 15, of Pintail Avenue in Shallotte, was last seen at noon Sunday, March 7, in the Piggott Road area of Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said Shepard is likely still in Brunswick County.

    Shepard is a white female. She is 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and orange and white Nike sneakers.

  • County angling for fishing concerns at meeting Saturday



    Brunswick County wants to know if commercial fishermen are interested in “a united effort to tackle issues” related to the fishing industry.

    Interested residents are invited to attend a meeting set for 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 6, at the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers in the Brunswick County Complex near Bolivia.

    Among other matters, the meeting will address a site that has potential as a future commercial fisherman’s resource area.

  • South opens softball season with victory

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Brooke Holcomb’s two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning drove in what proved to be the winning runs as South Brunswick beat Pender 10-7 in a season-opening softball game March 3.

    Pender had scored four runs with two outs in the top of the sixth against reliever Meagan Spivey to tie the score 7-7. Pender had one hit in the inning but took advantage of two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and an error.

  • VoArts program helps improve Brunswick County Academy dropout, attendance rates

    The introduction of vocational arts into the Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy curriculum has proven to be instrumental.

    Since the 2008-2009 school year, dropouts have decreased, attendance has improved and the percentage of students performing at or above grade level on End of Course (EOC) tests has increased more than 23 percent.

    “Before we got in trouble and had nothing to do,” Marissa Beckman, BCA student, said.

    “Now we have ways to express ourselves,” fellow BCA student Linda Kay Milliken added.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: North Brunswick students win first countywide talent competition


    Staff writer

    A group of North Brunswick High School students are the winners of the first countywide talent competition.

    Competing in We’ve Got Talent Saturday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Kamikaze, a dance/freestyle group, took first place out of talent acts from county high schools. The group includes Meghan Barrett, Olivia Brown, Tika Dow, Ebony Hilliard, Tim Thomas, Sasha Vaught and Kiana Williams.