Today's News

  • Community comes to aid of couple burned out of home

    CALABASH—Deana Palmer was cooking dinner while her husband watched TV when she saw a flash of light.

    “I thought it came from the fireplace or maybe the TV,” she said.

    Then she heard “that noise again.”

    Flames erupted in a sunroom off the main part of the couple’s trailer on Townview Place off Beach Drive.

    Steven Palmer grabbed two fire extinguishers from the kitchen, neither of which would work.

  • Varnamtown woman speaks out against repeated vandalism

    Fed up with feeling paranoid and victimized, Karen Roberts of Varnamtown is standing up and speaking out.

    Her home on Varnamtown Road has been the target of local vandals four times since Halloween. Each time, the perpetrators left no traces of who they are or where they came from, making it difficult to investigate the incidents.

    But Roberts says someone knows who is damaging her property, and she’s asking them to come forward.

  • Smoke-free now only way to be in N.C. restaurants, including Calabash

    CALABASH—As the state’s smoking ban went into effect at restaurants and bars Jan. 2, smokers and non-smokers alike debated the impact.

    At Granny Allyns Country Kitchen on Thomasboro Road this week, the effect hasn’t been that dramatic because the eatery went smoke-free six months ago, said Mateus Buchanan, daughter of restaurant owner Brenda Dixon.

    Prior to the restaurant implementing a no-smoking rule July 1, some people couldn’t dine there, Buchanan said.

    A lot of customers, she said, couldn’t be around smoking for medical reasons.

  • Gas chamber still on tap at Brunswick County Animal Shelter

    SHALLOTTE—The county is continuing with plans to use a refurbished gas chamber to euthanize animals that can’t be safely handled, Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said Tuesday.

    Yousey, along with county environmental health director David Stanley and shelter director David Swain, met informally at a local restaurant with a group of residents concerned about animal welfare issues.

  • AVID students get sneak peak into college life

    It’s year two of the AVID program at West Brunswick High School, and teachers and students say they can see its benefits.

    AVID—Advancement Via Individual Determination—is a four-year program intended to help students become college-ready. Students learn organization and study skills, prepare for college admission, participate in community service activities and learn how to be productive members of society.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Dec. 21, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Palmetto Creek, Holden Beach, Southport, Magnolia Greens, The Farm, Carolina Shores and Shell Point Acres. K-9 deputies also set up driver’s license checkpoints on Lackey Road, McLamb Road and Mount Misery Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis

    A sandy-haired toddler wiggled impatiently in his mother’s arms. Squirming, crying, she tried to soothe him, but it was obvious neither of them wanted to be where they were.

    The mother, a 20-something petite blonde in a pink shirt, stood in court before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis during a Drug Treatment Court session last month, nervously awaiting what Lewis would say.

    Lewis sighed.

  • Five Scorpion football players make first-team all-conference

    Five North Brunswick football players made first team Waccamaw All-Conference. Five others made the second team.

    Below are season statistics for the 10 Scorpions.

    Charles Bress

    The senior linebacker (5-10, 164) led the team in first hits, 45. He had 25 tackles and 24 assists. He made two sacks for losses of 13 yards. He made nine tackles for losses of 27 yards. He forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles.

    Daniel Graham

  • Theater is becoming a hot property in Brunswick

    Believe it or not, Brunswick County is turning into a real happening place for community theater.

    More than 25 years ago, a group of performance-minded ladies in the Southport/Oak Island area put together the first local theater group, The Brunswick Players. Led by longtime theater lover Stuart Callari, the group thrived for years and put on numerous plays at Hatch Auditorium at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.