Today's News

  • Holden Beach home to be featured on HGTV show

    HOLDEN BEACH — If you find yourself driving along the coastal route of Ocean Boulevard East, eventually you’ll come to 315 Ocean Blvd. E.— a small and cozy A-frame home named Anchor’s Holding that is available throughout the year for visitors and locals alike to rent. 

    But in a few months, you won’t have to leave your couch to see Anchor’s Holding thanks to HGTV’s new show “Beach Hunters,” which will air an episode featuring the home.

  • Numbers show demand for local charter schools

    LELAND — Data show charter schools are gaining popularity in North Carolina, including popularity in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    State records for January 2017 show the state had 168 charter schools with 91,815 students, compared with 45,215 in 100 schools in 2011, after the state lifted the 100-school cap for charter schools.

    Records also show charter schools gained 9,360 students in the past year with district schools losing 3,400 students across the state.

  • NCDOT works to integrate drones into emergency response efforts

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.

  • Winnabow woman sentenced for promoting prostitution of minor

    A Winnabow woman will spend at least three years in prison after pleading guilty to promoting the prostitution of a minor in New Hanover County Court.

    New Hanover County District 5 Second Division Resident Superior Court Judge Phyllis M. Gorham ordered 26-year-old Kasi Lynn Smith of Academy Drive NE to serve between 44 and 65 months in the Division of Adult Correction after Smith pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 6, to felony promoting prostitution of a minor.

  • Leland man gets 30 years on heroin and money laundering charges

    A federal judge sentenced a Leland man Feb. 1 to 30 years in prison on heroin and money laundering charges.

    Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III handed the 360-month sentence down to 43-year-old Robert Boone, who was previously convicted of felony conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and felony conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

  • Auto insurance companies seek 13.8-percent rate hike for state

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has received a request for a 13.8-percent overall statewide auto insurance rate increase for 2017 from the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents the auto insurance companies in the state.

    This rate filing is the first auto rate filing the Department of Insurance has received from the Rate Bureau since 2009, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release. The last auto rate increases occurred in 2001 and 2002 but were wiped out by the rate decrease that occurred in 2003.

  • District court docket for Jan. 20, 23, 24, 26 and 27

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 20, 23, 24, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Friday, Jan. 20

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Mark Francis Adams, PG unsafe movement.

  • Late-winter garden chores

     The shortest month of the year with Valentine’s Day in its middle should be a great time for romance. If your relationship is still in that stage, enjoy. For those who have been together long enough that leather and lace has given way to coffee makers and car tires, you might get some extra points by taking care of some late-winter garden chores like pruning and controlling weeds.

  • Making your own baby food: Keep baby safe

     There’s a new baby in your house and you’re thinking of making your own baby food. Not only can this be a nutritious alternative to store-bought baby food, it can be a real money saver.

    First off, don’t rush adding solid food to baby’s diet. By age of 4 months to 6 months, most babies’ energy needs increase, making this the ideal time to introduce solid foods. Until this age, they usually don’t have enough control over their tongues and mouth muscles to eat solid foods.

  • Breakthrough itching treatment for dogs approved

     Itchy dogs pose one of the most frustrating clinical challenges for veterinarians and worrisome conditions for pet parents. Seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, affect an estimated 10 percent of all dogs. While the exact cause is unknown, genetics are thought to play a major role in determining if your dog suffers from recurrent itching and scratching. A novel, non-pharmaceutical pruritus treatment has been approved in the U.S., promising to relieve itching in millions of dogs.