Today's News

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras for Paws on Feb. 17

    Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    For $25 per person, there will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as a door prize for best Mardi Gras costume and a raffle drawing for a $500 Visa card and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

  • Dean Smith transformed basketball, changed lives

    Some people leave imprints in the sand. Dean Smith left his imprints in cement.

    The North Carolina basketball coach, who died Saturday at 83, won two national championships, led the USA to the gold medal, watched 96 percent of his players graduate from college, went to 11 Final Fours, won 13 ACC Tournaments and 879 total games, and chalked up 20-win seasons for 27 straight years.

    He accomplished those things without a shred of scandal.

    He did one more major thing — he changed the game of college basketball.

  • Brierwood schedules grand opening for Charlie’s Grill

     Last week I drove to Brierwood Golf Club and met with Chris Sprow, director of sales, marketing and real estate. Blum Investments purchased the venerable old course in July 2014.

    The clubhouse has been under renovation for more than six months and the result is fabulous. New tables and chairs, large-screen televisions and new big windows overlooking the lake.

  • New attractions for fishing community

     February is a tough month to get past. It is typically a month where it wants to be sunny and 70 for a few days then plummet to below freezing for the rest of the week. Brunswick County got an opportunity to experience the indecisive weather this weekend with temperatures being in the high 60s Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8. Whether it was catching brim from private pond or a slot redfish from a backwater creek, everyone seemed to find a way to wet a line.

  • Swimmers qualify for state meet


    County swimmers have qualified for nine events in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship meet, set for this week.

    In a regional Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Cary Triangle Aquatic Center, swimmers had to finish in the top eight to qualify for state.

    South Brunswick finished second in the boys’ 200 freestyle relay. Adam Calero, Ryan Goodson, Chris Anselmo and Tyler Bowersox finished in 1 minutes, 32.56 seconds. Chapel Hill, with three of its swimmers seniors, won in the event in 1:29.98.

  • VIDEO: Final seconds of New Hanover’s 62-60 victory over West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE — New Hanover beat West Brunswick 62-60 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference boys’ basketball game Friday, Feb. 6.

    The loss was the first of the season for the Class 3A Trojans (9-1, 20-1). New Hanover, a Class 4A team, is 7-3, 14-7.

    “Just because we lost doesn’t change who we are,” West coach Eric Davis said. “We’re a tough team. To be down 10-0 and down eight at the half — we were tough to get back and have a chance.

  • Residents continue speaking out on $3.5 million land purchase

    Brunswick County’s purchase of land along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach for $3.5 million in December continued to stir residents to share their opinions of the county commissioners decision.

    The county bought nearly 35 acres of land on three parcels that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The properties, being sold by Sweetwater Investments LLC, are undeveloped.

  • Brunswick Economic Development funded by foundation through 2018

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission announced it has been funded $70,000 per year through 2018 from the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation.

    The EDC set up a nonprofit foundation in March 2012. The Foundation funded the EDC for its first three-year term from 2012-14.

    EDC Executive Director Jim Bradshaw said there are 13 businesses or industries funding and participating in the foundation.

    Bankers, builders, the hospital and utility companies are among the foundation contributors, Bradshaw said.

  • North Brunswick service groups create council to coordinate efforts

    Service organizations in North Brunswick County are partnering to assist local residents in need and will organize a community service board at a Feb. 12 meeting at Leland’s town hall.

    The community partnership resulted from a community service organization meeting hosted by the town on Oct. 30, 2014, which was held to assist North Brunswick’s population of unemployed, underemployed, and poverty stricken families.

    The group first met to discuss community assistance efforts and out of that meeting they organized a clothing drive.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 23

    Larceny of a ring taken from a Parkmore Court residence.

    Traffic crash on Ocean Gate Plaza, two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.

    Jan. 25

    Traffic crash on Highland Hills, one vehicle was involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.