Today's News

  • Oceanfront pools dunked in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Citing “disturbing and threatening” emails he has received, Sunset Beach building inspections director Sandy Wood says the subject of oceanfront swimming pools has been removed from future town planning board agendas.

    In an Aug. 27 email to Sunset Beach Town Council and members of the Sunset Beach Planning Board, Wood wrote the decision to remove the matter “at this time” was made after consulting town administrator Susan Parker and planning board chairwoman Carol Santavicca.

  • Calabash Commissioner Emily DiStasio dies

    Calabash commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Emily DiStasio has died.

    DiStasio, 83, died at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning by the town of Calabash.

    DiStasio moved to Calabash from New York in the mid 1990s after retiring from a career with IBM.

  • Bank robber remains at large

     SHALLOTTE — Investigators are searching for the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    Nobody was injured during the robbery, Gause added. There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Three employees were inside the building during the incident.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to 2013 murder of infant son

     A Shallotte man pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 21, to second-degree murder in the 2013 death of his infant son.

    Randy Lee Richardson, 20, also pleaded guilty before Judge Gale Adams to felony child abuse in the death of his 4-month-old son, Colton, on May 29, 2013, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

  • Community partners enhance Southport Elementary garden

     SOUTHPORT — While students have traditionally learned lessons in science in the classroom, students at Southport Elementary can now learn in their very own science habitat.

    At a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 19, Southport Elementary School Principal Randy Horne welcomed representatives from Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the school to unveil the latest additions to the center as well as a new sign to greet students and other visitors on the fence in front of the science habitat.

  • Three face multiple drug charges

    Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • Greg Hensley: Interning at Bandon Dunes in Oregon

     Greg Hensley, charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County and now a Professional Golf Management student at Campbell University, is living the dream. He is on a six–month internship at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon.

    How cool is that?

    If you’ve never heard of Bandon Dunes, you’re probably not a golfer. This is a golf course resort on the coast of Oregon that has grown into a world-class golf experience. Folks travel to Oregon from all parts of the world to play the five Bandon Dunes courses.

  • King mackerel rumble into area for tourney

     The fall fishing has finally fired off. King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, redfish and large schools of false albacore have resided off our coast, providing near shore anglers with some of the best fishing they have had all year.

  • Bull redfish run begins
  • Cameryn Smith golfs in Pebble Beach tourney


    Cameryn Smith, a member of The First Tee of Brunswick County, played last weekend in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

    Smith shot a 1-under-par 70 at Poppy Hills and a 3-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach. Although she was 4-under par after two rounds, she finished tied for 54th and missed the cut for the final round. The cut was for the low 23 juniors (boys and girls ages 14 to 18).

    The event was part of the Champions Tour and Smith, a West Brunswick High School senior, played with Rocco Mediate.