Today's News

  • Man admits to killing teen whose body was found near Leland

     BOLIVIA — A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of a teen reported missing in 2011.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 26-year-old Alan “L.A.” Johnson to serve at least 148 months but not more than 181 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after Johnson pleaded guilty to the 2011 killing of 17-year-old Al’Quon Flowers, whose remains were located in November 2015 during a search of a wooded area near Leland.

  • ATMC CEO Russ puts retirement on hold

     SHALLOTTE — In November 2015, ATMC CEO Allen Russ announced his retirement effective Dec. 4, 2015.

    On Dec. 5, he was back in his second-floor office of the company’s headquarters on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    A 50-year veteran in the telecommunications business, Russ intended to retire and spend more time with his wife, Sheila, three children and four grandchildren.

    However, Russ decided he’d go back to work when “unfortunate circumstances” for his potential successor brought him right back to work.

  • Ten apply for vacant Sunset Beach council seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Ten people have applied to fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant seat on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, speaking at Monday night’s monthly council meeting, initially said 11 people had applied for the seat vacated late last year by former town councilman Terry Johnson. One of the applicants has since withdrawn.

    Current contenders are Robert Donnelly, Duane Lewis, Amy Kluttz, Richard Hilderman, Veronika White, Pete Larkin, Scott McCall, Tim Smith, Joseph Snead and Pete Oler.

  • Holden Beach noise ordinance cause for alarm

    Those who seek and are elected to public office, in most cases, should be praised for keeping their campaign promises.

    John Fletcher, Peter Freer, Kim Isenhour and Ashley Royal each vowed to revise Holden Beach’s noise ordinance if elected to the town’s board of commissioners in November. Eight days after taking their oath of office Dec. 8, they did exactly that.

  • Carolina Shores pursues post-flood priorities

    CAROLINA SHORES — In the wake of last October’s flooding, the town is pursuing a priority list outlining where stormwater work is most needed.

    Following lengthy debate about vulnerable areas at their first workshop of the New Year on Monday morning, Jan. 4, town commissioners authorized Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall to come up with an updated “strategic drainage” list encompassing areas where residences were most affected during the Oct. 2-5 storms.

  • Silver Coast Winery features artist Niki Hildebrand

    Silver Coast Winery is showcasing the work of artist Niki Hildebrand.

    Born in London, England, Hildebrand lived and worked in Belfast in Northern Ireland before moving to Wilmington.

    Her portfolio spans ideas of “memory, collective consciousness, humans and transience of what we don’t see and their connections.”

    Engaged by the human condition, her work captures sensory parts of existence, creating a play between solid visuals and indefinable matter.

  • Planet Fun a stellar place for all ages

    For the past six years, Shallotte has enjoyed its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Launching into its seventh year for 2016, Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is Brunswick County’s largest entertainment center and an especially cool (and warm) place to be this winter.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include 32 lanes of constellation bowling, two-story laser tag and bumper cars arenas, a bounce house and arcade, party rooms, a concession stand and a pro shop.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 30, 2015

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach Police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 30

    Damage to property reported on Sunset Boulevard.

  • Calabash Fire Department December 2015

    During the month of December, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 142 calls: a structure fire, a woods/brush fire, 10 fire alarms, 12 motor vehicle accidents, 10 public assistance calls, two mutual aid calls, and 106 EMS first response calls.

  • Reflecting on ‘paws-’abilities after 10 years

    By Janie Withers

    Guest Columnist

    As I sit on my porch enjoying a warm December day, I reflect on how Paws-Ability got its start and how far we have come.