Today's News

  • Southport, local Audubon Society set Ibis Fest

    The Cape Fear Audubon Society and the city of Southport are sponsoring Ibis Fest, a five-day event May 12-16 featuring workshops, field trips, music and speakers highlighting the natural resources of the Lower Cape Fear and Southport region, including Battery Island, an Audubon sanctuary for white ibis.

    Classes and presentations will cover the topics of birding, nature writing, photography, native plants and invasive species, while various field trips will take participants to special wildlife areas, according to organizer Sally Buchanan.

  • Unemployment numbers dip slightly due to seasonal hirings

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March, going from 12.4 in February to 11.4.

    The local N.C. Employment Security Commission manager attributed the decrease to seasonal employment opportunities.

    The numbers are up over last year.

    In March 2008, the state paid slightly more than $1 million in benefits to Brunswick County. This past March, county residents received more than $2.74 million in unemployment benefits.

  • Home sales increase slightly in March; agents say buyers, sellers aren't meeting in the middle

    Brunswick County sold 8 percent more homes in March 2009 than in March 2008, and 20 percent more than last month, according to the North Carolina Association of Realtors’ latest statistics.

    In March of last year, Brunswick County Realtors sold 115 homes. This past March, the number went to 124. Last month, 103 homes changed hands.

    The average price of a home sold in the county continues to decrease, going from $318,894 last year to $262,417 in March.

  • Larceny, damages reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a larceny and damages reported May 1.

    Someone broke into a Jeep on Waterway Park and stole a radio valued at $100, doing $200 worth of damages.

    Police also investigated damage to property reported April 28 on Dogwood Drive. A woman said a tire was cut.


  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged with following suspects last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Anthony Howard Graham, 39, of 1590 Morgan Road SW, Supply; charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Torriano Ikeen Fullwood, 31, of 379 Fieldview Lane SW, Supply; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Armando Flores, 30, of 4631 Sea Pines Drive, Southport, with assault on a female, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and vandalism. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

    •Police cited Michael J. Galon, 41, of Canonsburg, Pa., with driving 76 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone while subject to an impairing substance on U.S. 17 near Old Shallotte Road.

  • Strawberries are ripe for the pickin'

    It’s strawberry time again.

    The fields at Indigo Farms, Holden Brothers Produce and a new grower—Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery in Ash—are laden with sweet, red, juicy berries ready for picking and buying and converting into all kinds of delicious recipes.

    You can either pick strawberries yourself or buy them already picked. (Just take your pick.)

    At Indigo Farms on Highway 57, strawberries have been ripe for picking since mid-April and should be available until the first week in June.

  • Zacek’s 10 strikeouts keep North perfect in conference

    Talking to his dad earlier in the day, North Brunswick freshman David Zacek said he would get 10 strikeouts May 1 against Pender.

    Zacek was correct in his prediction. But what he did not know was he would strike out 10 in just four innings as the Scorpions beat Pender 18-0.

    More significant for North is that the victory kept the Scorpions unbeaten in the Waccamaw Conference heading into the final week of the season. North’s final conference game is Friday at home against South Columbus.

  • Relay raises money, awareness and memories

    Before I became “Mom” and had other responsibilities, I spent several Friday nights during the local Relay For Life sleeping underneath a funeral home tent or in my car.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 23, 24, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Thursday, April 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Andrew Lloyd Barbiera, misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violation, Brunswick County Jail three days active with three days credit for time served.