Today's News

  • Terminal groin project could be started here

    In a close vote last week, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) voted 8-5 to recommend to the state General Assembly that the use of terminal groins could be feasible when used in conjunction with beach renourishment.

    That’s a step in the right direction for officials who have been pushing for terminal groins, like Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith.

    Now, the decision about whether terminal groins will become a possibility goes to the General Assembly.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 17, 18, 22 and 23 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 17

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Thomas Locke with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on March 22:

    Lawrence Andrews Jr., 46, of Magnolia Apartments, Apt. 15, Lumberton; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering, felony conspiracy, injury to real property.

  • Re-enactment shows realities of drunk driving to Brunswick County Academy students

    Barbara Musgrave stood quietly between Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and John Ponds of Andrews Mortuary Service.

    Surrounded by the sparking lights of a police car, an ambulance and fire trucks, she waited to get closer to her daughter, 17-year-old Academy student Marissa Beckman.

    As part of a drunk driving fatality re-enactment through the Keys to Life program, Musgrave knew what was waiting for her.

    She expected to see torn wreckage of damaged vehicles. She knew there would be lights and sirens.

  • Sometimes it’s just best to let sleeping children be sleeping children

    A child’s first Easter egg hunt is always an important milestone.

    In my mind I pictured little girls clad in pink dresses, their hair pinned back with pink-and-white ribbons. The boys were dressed in khaki slacks and pastel button-down shirts, and brown or black oxford shoes. The little boys and girls would wander around a yard or park clutching their baskets, giggling and looking for eggs.

    In reality, children’s Easter egg hunts are much different. It’s a free-for-all.

  • West Brunswick routs West Bladen in baseball

    Nick Napolitano’s first home run of the year gave West Brunswick a 12-2 victory April 1 over West Bladen in a conference baseball game.

    Napolitano, who finished 3-for-4, homered with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. West Bladen had scored two runs in the top of the inning to extend the game.

    “That was a blast,” West coach Mike Alderson said about Napolitano’s home run.

  • Gause strikes out 17 as West beats Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—Jay Gause struck out 17 batters as West Brunswick beat Whiteville 9-2 in a conference baseball game Friday night at Legion Stadium.

    Gause gave up one earned run, seven hits and three walks in the seven-inning game.

  • Shallotte may abandon per-seat restaurant fees, switch to per-square-foot

    When James Lane, owner of Angelo’s Pizza and Bistro, had to fork over $17,000 in sewer capital reserve fees to the town of Shallotte before his restaurant opened, it wasn’t something he had planned.

    “That was a whole lot of money, and it was not originally in the budget,” Lane said recently. “We had to have that many seats to make the restaurant profitable, so we went ahead and paid it. There was no way around it.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: BFA charity fashion show


    A crowd of 110 turned out for a fashion show and luncheon Monday to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The first fundraiser took place at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash and brought in $6,270 to help BFA.

    “It gets the community to realize how many people in the community have a need,” BFA board chairman Wayne Hellmann said. “And it gets our name out in front of the community, which is fantastic. We need all the publicity we can get.”

  • Brendle’s hit gives Cougars victory over North Brunswick

     Ryan Brendle’s two-out single on a 3-2 pitch from Kyle Hufham gave South Brunswick a 5-4 victory in nine innings March 30 over North Brunswick.

    “This is a big win for us,” South coach Lee Shelton said. “I don’t think anybody expected us to win.”

    North, which lost for the second time in the conference, had turned a double play in the ninth. But the next batter for the Cougars, Gary Williams, hit a flyball that the outfielder dropped. Williams reached second on the error.