Today's News

  • Buying safe local produce

    Shopping local is a very popular trend these days, especially shopping at farmer’s markets or local roadside shops for fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Not only does it allow us to get the freshest possible produce, it helps the local economy. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and can help a family farm compete in the food marketplace. Buying local food also keeps dollars circulating in the community and increases local food security.

  • Winning recipes from this year’s N.C. Rice Festival

     The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce again sponsored the North Carolina Rice Festival at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Sept. 18 and 19.

    In addition to the rice cooking contest, of which I was privileged to be one of the judges, festivalgoers enjoyed live music both days, many displays and exhibitors, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, a children’s entertainment zone, a youth art contest and a beer garden just for the adults.

  • Public comments help shape transportation priority list

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization will finalize the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) division needs priority list update in October and is seeking public comments for current and future transportation plans.

    “There is never a public comment that’s not welcome or useful,” Allen Serkin, director of local government services
for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said. “Hearing from the public is always critical.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Sept. 22, 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Sept. 22

    Breaking and entering and larceny of televisions reported in the 500 block of East Main Street.

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Support efforts to end domestic violence

    This past Saturday, Hope Harbor Home had its fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally.

    The event is designed to raise money for Hope Harbor Home clients to pay for legal representation when seeking restraining orders and pressing criminal charges against their abusers. The process for victims seeking to reclaim their lives and personal safety does not end when they put physical distance between themselves and their abusers.

  • Calabash special meeting rescheduled


    A special meeting in Calabash to discuss proposed plan changes in Devaun Park has been rescheduled from Sept. 29.

    The meeting will now take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 6 in Sanborn Hall at Town Hall, 882 Persimmon Road.

    The rescheduling has been requested to allow additional time to notify members of the Calabas Planning & Zoning Board that this will be a joint workshop. Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

  • System pressure advisory lifted in Sunset Beach

    The system pressure advisory issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Public Utilities has been lifted, according to a Sunset Beach town press release issued Thursday morning, Sept. 29.

    BCPU had experienced a 12-inch water main failure at the intersection of Park Road and Sunset Boulevard North in Sunset Beach.

    Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 27, BCPU was in the process of shutting off the water supply from N.C.179/904 and Seaside Road intersection to Clubhouse Road at Sea Trail, according to a town press release.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to nearly five years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen during a graduation party in 2015.

    As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Michael David Rivenbark pleaded guilty Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, to solicitation to commit statutory rape, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

    Warrants showed Rivenbark engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old girl June 28, 2015.

  • Man to serve at least seven years for crash that killed two people in Ash

    A Southport man will spend at least seven years in prison for a May 2015 crash in Ash that killed two people and injured three others.

    Forty-six-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, was sentenced to serve between 110 months and 144 months (12 years), with credit for time served since his May 27, 2015, arrest, in the North Carolina Department of Correction after the plea hearing, District Attorney Jon David said in a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 27.