Today's News

  • Committee votes for redesignating Long Beach Road extension

    LELAND — The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization’s Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) recommended redesignating N.C. 133 to follow the Long Beach Road extension at an Aug. 5 meeting.

    The TCC makes recommendations to the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee, the transportation planning policy board for the Cape Fear RPO, which meets in Wilmington on Friday, Aug. 14.

    Long Beach Road SE runs from the Intracoastal Waterway near Yaupon Beach Northeast to N.C. 211 (Southport Supply Road SE) where it dead ends.

  • Tax change draws local opposition in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — Local legislators responded Tuesday to a small contingent of local officials who traveled to Raleigh to urge opposition to pending legislation that would change the way sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina.

    Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and Shallotte Alderman Gene Vasile knocked on several legislators’ doors lobbying against the measure, which they said unfairly takes money from local coffers and redistributes it to other counties.

  • Forecasters say 90 percent chance of below-normal hurricane season

    Three months into hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the chance of a below-normal hurricane season is 90 percent.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center called for a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season when it released its initial prediction May 27.

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

    NOAA updated its hurricane prediction Aug. 6 with a warning that a 90 percent probability of below-normal season does not discount that a storm could form in the Atlantic.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Aug. 3 during a grand jury session:

    Christopher Dennis Ariello, possessing counterfeit instrument/currency/check.

    Jermaine Devon Bellamy, identity theft, obtain property by false pretense, forgery of endorsement, uttering forged endorsement.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday July 27

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Mitchem to compete in National American Miss Pageant

     Toni Mitchem, daughter of Micheal and Tonya Mitchem, has earned the opportunity to attend Nationals through her successfully scored events of second runner-up Miss Photogenic and N.C. state finalist at National American Miss N.C. Pageant. The National Pageant is to be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the state of North Carolina and Brunswick County, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

  • Chevers graduates from basic training

     Army Pfc. Akhiba D. Chevers, daughter of Mariel Swanson of Carolina Shores and sister of Teressa Chevers-Brumfield of Fayetteville, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  • Are you allowing others to push your buttons?

     By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    We’ve all been there. Someone makes a random comment and it drives you right up the wall!

    Whenever something impacts you in such a deep way, it’s usually because of a belief or fear you have on some level.

  • Fall armyworms marching to a lawn near you

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


    Fall armyworms marching to a lawn near you

  • Fortunate to have figs

     Our neighbors moved away last year. While we were sad to see them go, something great resulted from their move to a colder climate: We took possession of their fig tree. It was in a large container when we adopted it, but we’ve since planted it in our yard. Both years we’ve harvested figs. They’re ready right now.