Today's News

  • Bye-bye, daytime. Hello, on-demand

    “The Guiding Light” began its life as a 15-minute radio serial in 1937 and was on the air in one form or another until its final episode, broadcast last Friday, Sept. 18.

    That’s 72 years of life for a daytime soap opera, and it’s an accomplishment that deserves some respect.

  • Deal-making, oddball questions and last-minute bookings

    HOLDEN BEACH—Phyllis Booth fields calls from people across the state and around the country looking to spend a week at the beach, during summer months and off-season, as a rental agent at Brunswickland Realty.

    “When are you interested in coming in?” she asks

    “How many bedrooms do you need?”

    “We don’t have anything pet-friendly available. You might want to try Holden Beach Properties. They have a lot of pet-friendly homes.”


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Pamela Lee Monk, 37, of 4353 Spa Drive, Little River, S.C., with larceny of jewelry. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Stacy O’Brine Sellers Jr., 42, of 721 Mill Creek Road, Bolivia, with shoplifting. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 secured bond.

  • West’s boys win cross-country meet


    Caleb Hawkins would have been proud.

    The West Brunswick boys’ cross-country team, winless last year, won for the first time this year in a four-team, 36-runner meet at West.

    The Trojans placed five runners in the top 10 and beat South Brunswick by two points, 31-33. North had 72 points and West Bladen 101.

    West’s runners wore black ribbons on their jerseys in memory of Hawkins. The three-sport athlete died May 12 of injuries suffered in an auto wreck.

  • Students released from hospital after early morning bus wreck

    The 12 students that were sent to the hospital following a bus wreck this morning have been released, according to Superintendent Katie McGee.

    The wreck occurred just before 8 a.m. on N.C. 211 near the St. James Plantation entrance, McGee said. A vehicle rear-ended a Brunswick County Schools bus, which sent 12 South Brunswick High School students to Dosher Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

  • Brunswick boxer’s sportsmanship ‘a lesson for us all’

    This tugboat of a man was more like a teddy bear.

    It just depended where you met Waban “Tugboat” Thomas.

    “He was a lamb out of the ring but a tiger in the ring and a gentlemen fighter,” said Calabash mayor Anthony Clemmons. “He once knocked a fighter out and caught him on one arm and lowered him to the canvas. I asked him why, and he indicated that he didn’t want the man to hurt himself.”

  • Trojans sweep county rivals

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team opened its Waccamaw Conference season with two victories, beating South Brunswick 2-0 Sept. 9 and North Brunswick 5-3 Monday.

    Below are summaries of the games.

    WEST 2

    SOUTH 0

    West scored twice in the second half in beating the Cougars in the game at West.

    Alex Harrell scored West’s first goal, kicking in a ball that had ricocheted off the goal post on a 20-yard free kick by Chip Mendoza.

  • Brunswick County commissioners, GOP fight against forced annexation

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has followed the lead of the county’s Republican Party in adopting a resolution condemning forced annexation and urging the state to enact legislation to end the practice.

    Last month, the GOP’s executive committee adopted a resolution condemning involuntary annexation and sent it to the governor, state House and Senate, Brunswick County commissioners and various town boards throughout the state.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Spotlight seeker

    Fourth-grade Union Elementary School student Dylan Bland did not know who Michael Jackson was until this summer when the King of Pop’s death stole national headlines.

    “On the news, I was going to baseball practice one day, and they said Michael Jackson was dead,” Bland said. “So I started listening to his songs, and I really liked them, and I keep listening to his songs every day.”

  • South beats West in cross country

    BOILING SPRING LAKES— South Brunswick beat West by nine points in a boys’ cross country tri-meet Sept. 8. South’s girls also won but did so in a runaway.

    South’s boys finished with 32 points and West 41. North was third with 49 points.

    North’s Nic Merritt won the boys’ race in 20 minutes, 30 seconds. Three West runners finished in top five: Ronnie Dellinger was third at 21:06, Juan Gonzalez fourth at 21:13 and Jason Huff fifth at 21:21.

    South’s top runner was Bradley Phillips, the meet runner-up (21:05).