Today's News

  • Golf course rezoning draws protests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal to rezone golf course open areas from mainland residential to an “open space” district drew opposition from residents at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    Consideration of the rezoning was suspended until council’s next monthly meeting Jan. 11.

    Jay Eriquez said the zoning proposal is confusing and conflicting since it’s “part single-family homes and recreational facilities.”

  • Seaside UMC choir presents annual cantata in two performances Sunday

    SUNSET BEACH—Seaside United Methodist Church Choir will present its annual Christmas cantata in two performances this Sunday, Dec. 13.

    The cantata, to be performed by 95 choir members, is “One Small Child” by Tom Fettke, choir director Kathryn Parker said.

    A 12-piece orchestra, some from the Wilmington Symphony, is providing accompaniment for the performances set for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church at 1300 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The ensemble also includes a harpist from Southern Pines, Parker said.

  • Comedian Bobby Collins featured at second Stand Up For Charity benefit Jan. 2 at BCC

    The Shallotte Junior Women’s Club will present its second annual Stand Up For Charity benefit comedy show featuring comedian Bobby Collins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Collins’ brand of humor is described as heartfelt and witty, engaging audiences with a “clever blend of characterizations and hilarious observations.”

  • Resolution requesting senior center on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Thursday will consider a resolution requesting their area be considered as a site for a future senior center.

    If approved the resolution, on the agenda of the board’s monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will ask the county to locate a senior center in the Carolina Shores or Calabash area.

    Brunswick County is planning three sites for a senior center in the Leland, Shallotte and Calabash areas, town administrator Linda Herncane noted in her monthly report.

  • Carolina Shores mayor says e-mail account 'compromised'

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said his e-mail at town hall had recently been “compromised.”

    During the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, Selby said from Oct. 19-Nov. 23, he did not receive e-mails sent to his town hall address.

    All of his e-mail was forwarded to a now defunct address, to “Mica Richards” at yahoo.com.

    Yahoo, he said, is investigating who might have done it and possibly tracing it to the computer that was used.

  • Light show, letters to Santa and train show showcase holiday events

    For little ones wishing to receive a response from Santa Claus by Christmas, they’re asked to bring their letters to Santa of the North Pole Mailbox at the Museum of Coastal Carolina by Dec. 18.

    Scott Kucera, executive director the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, which includes the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium at Sunset Beach, says children who bring their letters by the museum by Dec. 18 will be able to have their letters sent to the North Pole and back, all in time for Christmas.

  • Thirteen charged in Southport drug investigation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged 13 people following a four-day drug blitz.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said 13 people were charged with 22 felony and misdemeanor drug charges after the four-day investigation, which included surveillance, vehicle stops and search warrants in the Southport area.

    Drug agents executed a search warrant Friday at 203 West 9th St., which Lanier described as the “hub” of the drug operations.

  • Local pastor provides meals, ministry in other countries

    For Mary Brown, becoming a minister was a journey from a life of poverty, drugs and incarceration to a new life.

    That’s what led the West Virginia native become active in ministry in Shallotte and to move beyond her old life into a new one—starting a small church and providing inspiration to those in need.

    Two years ago, Brown started House of Deliverance Worship Ministry on Tryon Road in Shallotte, and although the church has a small number of regular visitors, she continues to do what she feels God has called her to do.

  • Informational meeting set for new Brunswick County MADD chapter

    After working as a reporter and news editor for about eight years, Stacey Manning had gotten used to interacting with police officers, firefighters, EMTs, attorneys and judges.

    But she never imagined a single call on Feb. 17, 2006, would suddenly thrust her from behind the scenes directly into a news story.

  • Attorneys’ opinions differ on charging for public records

    Some members of the Brunswick County Board of Education think the district should charge for public records requests that consume staff hours and resources to furnish, but the board has yet to set any costs.

    The board tabled the discussion earlier this month and decided to have Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, call other school districts and ask how much they charge for excessive requests.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said the board began discussing a charge when a request for six months of information was made.