Today's News

  • Cedar Grove teachers get pied for yearbook fundraiser

    Cedar Grove Middle School students paid more than $300 to watch five of their favorite teachers get pied in the face.

    As part of a fundraiser to help reduce the cost of school yearbooks, Ellen Bulak, yearbook advisor, came up with the idea for students to buy votes for the teachers they wanted to see get a pie in the face.

    Students purchased votes for 25 cents each or five for $1. Every teacher participated, and the five with the most votes were pied Tuesday afternoon just before students left for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Month-long investigation leads to drug arrest

    After a month-long investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a South Carolina man for trafficking drugs into North Carolina.

  • Fresh fish all in a day's haul at longtime Hollis Market

    SHALLOTTE—Melva Smith talked on a cell phone while J.V. Faulk waited and warmed himself next to the woodstove at Hollis Fish Market.

    A bedraggled alley cat wandered across the concrete floor of the open-air market a few miles south of Shallotte, also awaiting the oceanic bounty that was en route.

  • Model Christmas choo-choos chugging through Grissettown-Longwood this weekend

    LONGWOOD—For the fourth year in a row, trains are pulling into the station—the one encompassing the Grissettown-Longwood Volunteer Fire Department, to be exact.

    The department’s annual Christmas Train Show is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the station at 758 Longwood Road.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

  • Rockslide makes for more interesting travel adventures

    If you’re venturing west anytime during the holidays—especially toward Tennessee via western North Carolina—don’t forget not to take Interstate 40.

    For anyone who’s been stuck under a boulder and hasn’t heard, a massive rockslide fell down and went kaboom there Oct. 25, near the line of demarcation between the Volunteer and Tar Heel states.

    Travelers have been living in interesting times ever since.

  • December is prime time for red-and-green winter tomatoes

    ASH—Don’t think tomato season is over just because it’s December.

    Winter tomatoes are just starting to ripen at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery. Other varieties are still being harvested at two other popular produce markets in the area.

    For the past few months, several greenhouse varieties have begun to color the landscape with seasonal red and green, in addition to a bonus yellow at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery in Ash.

  • From Cyber Monday to Tragic Tuesday: Sale extension may spur slow economy

    Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been on to something when he moved Thanksgiving up a week in 1939.

    Annually celebrated on the last Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1863, FDR chose to move the holiday a week earlier in ’39 at the requests of retailers and businesses.

    See, there were five Thursdays that November, and Thanksgiving fell on the 30th. Leaving only 25 days for shoppers to secure holiday goodies and only 25 days for businesses to cash in on the holiday rush, FDR chose to move the holiday that year and the next two.

  • Burglaries, thefts in Sunset Beach during Thanksgiving holiday

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a number of burglaries and thefts reported during the Thanksgiving holiday period and weekend.

    On Nov. 25, a Tom Tom GPS navigation system was reported stolen from a motor vehicle parked at Duncan Place.

  • Coastline Rescue Squad searching for more volunteers

    SUPPLY—Coastline Rescue’s dwindling volunteer roster has the squad chief and president worried about the volunteer squad’s future.

    Squad president David Robinson and chief Mike Murphy say the squad desperately needs volunteers. Unlike volunteer fire departments that receive money from fire fees in the district they serve, Murphy said volunteer rescue squads receive no state funds.

  • Burglary suspect arrested

    SUPPLY—When a resident of a vacation home on Talman Street in the Ocean View area of Supply came to Brunswick County this week, an unexpected visitor was in the home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Nelson Alexander Caraballo was living in the Talman Street home for an unknown amount of time, which was last secured by the homeowner in September.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    “A vacationer came into the residence and walked in and [Caraballo] was in there,” Caison said.