Today's News

  • When you mess up, fess up

    I wasn’t aware of the Medill F until I read a story this week about the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
    According to news reports, 30 of the 250 or so graduates received diplomas that featured an egregious spelling error. Their degrees were in “media, integrated marketing communications” — except the word “integrated” was spelled “itegrated.”

  • Hoggard celebrates 100th birthday

     Bessie Hoggard, a resident of Autumn Care of Shallotte who turned 100 on May 31, is honored with a birthday party by Becky and Dell Prevatte, her daughter and son-in-law, in The Palms on May 30. Formerly from Fayetteville, Hoggard is a 30-year retired Fort Bragg civil service employee.

  • FEMA assesses Sunset Beach

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the process of reviewing information compiled following a visit earlier this month to Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker said she spoke with Collis Brown, staff member with FEMA’s Region IV office based in Atlanta, during the visit June 10 and 11 in Sunset Beach.

    “We were set up in the (town) conference room,” she said. “We pulled all files we’d created since the last time he was here.”

  • Film incentives help fuel tourism

    While Wilmington serves as the setting for most of the movie and television productions in North Carolina, several cross the New Hanover County border and make their way into our community.

  • Kindred Spirit gets an airing on 'CBS Evening News'

    SUNSET BEACH — For more than 35 years, the Kindred Spirit mailbox has been collecting messages from inspired writers trekking or pedaling down to uninhabited Bird Island just a half-hour walk west of the Sunset Beach island.

    Monday, TV viewers nationwide got a chance to be inspired, too, when the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" featured a closing segment focused on the Kindred Spirit and Sunset Beach resident Frank Nesmith.

    Nesmith, along with an old girlfriend, was instrumental in launching the mailbox overlooking the ocean 37 years ago.

  • Fourth of July fireworks: Events spark Independence Day celebration

    Area events celebrating the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already taking hold, starting with the launch of the nearly-as-old North Carolina Fourth of July Festival this weekend in Southport.

    Events in the historic seaport town begin with the N.C. Freedom Run/Walk and opening ceremony Saturday morning, June 28, at Waterfront Park and continue into the following week, until the Fourth of July Festival fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4, on the Southport waterfront.

  • Brunswick Concert Band presents Summer Concert Series

    The Brunswick Concert Band is presenting its Summer Concert Series with five performances in the coming week as the band presents “A New York City Central Park Goldman Band Concert.”

  • Sunset Beach to vote on budget Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is poised to address and vote on its proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday night, June 30.

    After three workshops, Mayor Ron Watts says the town has found an additional $300,000 in revenue over the amount shown in an initial budget draft for fiscal 2014-15 that takes effect July 1.

    Watts’ observations came at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night, June 2.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, June 16-22, 2014

     Sunset Beach

    Police Department


    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police reports.


    June 16

    Kimberly Renette Nichols, 39, of 225 Forbush Drive, Chapel Hill, charged with simple assault.


    June 17

    Larceny at an address on Water Oak Wynd.


    June 19

    Injury to real property reported at an address on Mill Pond Road.


  • Brandon Rankin finishes second IFL season

    Defensive lineman Brandon Rankin had three tackles in the Tri-Cities Fever’s 47-33 victory against the Colorado Ice in an Indoor Football League game June 14. Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, assisted on a sack for a 2-yard loss.

    The Fever, based in Kennewick, Wash., finished the season 8-6 and third in the four-team Intense Conference. The Fever began the season 1-5 but won seven of its last eight games.

    For the year, Rankin (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) averaged 5.5 sacks per game, 10th best in the league.