Today's News

  • Phthalo Blue Gallery brings new hue of art to town

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Mary Zio long dreamed of opening her gallery.

    It finally came true this past September when the lifelong artist debuted Phthalo Blue Art Gallery at 7199 Beach Drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The gallery is named for the Syracuse, N.Y., native’s favorite hue of blue — phthalocyanine in long form, defined by Wikipedia as “an intensely blue-green-colored aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.”

  • Mallory Creek extension anticipated to open in April

    Leland’s plans to increase connector streets through the town will receive a big boost in 2017 when its first through-street to N.C. 133 is completed.

    Construction work on a one-mile extension of Mallory Creek Drive began in early November, Town Manager David Hollis said. Connecting Mallory Creek Drive to Rice Gate Way in Brunswick Forest will open up traffic for both neighborhoods, where residents can only enter or exit onto N.C. 133 and U.S. 17, respectively.

  • Calabash cheers New Year at sixth bonfire

    The town of Calabash rings in 2017 with its sixth annual New Year’s Eve “Cheers to the New Year” bonfire slated from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    The public is invited to come and gather and warm up ‘round a traditional roaring bonfire monitored by the Calabash Fire Department.

    Entertainment this year will consist of country music and line dancing.

  • Shallotte man ‘beats crew chief’ to win $20K in tools

    While most of us had to wait until last week for Santa to arrive, Christmas came early this year for Brian Doran when he won the SK Professional Tools “Beat the Crew Chief” Contest in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.

    Doran, originally from Eastern Long Island, N.Y., has worked as a mechanic since 1982 when a friend got him a job in a transmission shop while he was in high school.

  • County sees indirect benefits in 10-year transportation plan

    Only two transportation projects that directly or indirectly impact Brunswick County are expected to make the state’s next 10-year transportation plan when it is released in January.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 3, which covers Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Sampson counties, had five aviation projects, a ferry project and three highway projects on the list of division-level projects anticipated to be included for funding.

  • Shark tag nets hat for Holden Beach shell-seeker

    Jessica Antill was trolling for shells rather than sharks when she happened upon a strange greenish object lurking in the high-tide wrack line east of the Holden Beach Fishing Pier.

    Digging a little deeper in the tidal debris that had washed onshore, the Supply resident and beachcomber fished out a 2-inch-long tag set bearing numbers.

    “The shelling wasn’t very good that day, so I decided to do what I could to pick up some of the trash,” said Antill, an administrative assistant for Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Leland considers town fire department

    LELAND — Leland officials will consider creating a town fire department, with or without the Leland Volunteer Fire Rescue Department.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD since April 20, 2000. The department is a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care for Leland, Belville and Brunswick County.

  • Kidney donor, recipient embrace health after surgery

    Nearly five months ago, Joel Johnson and Bryan Bernard were sharing a trip to Durham, then a kidney as they underwent donor-recipient surgery Aug. 8 at Duke University Hospital.

    At the end of 2016 and approaching start of a new year, the Supply natives and lifelong friends are definitely grateful for their health and the experiences that sharing the gift of life brought them in the past year.

    “I’m feeling wonderful — I’ve really been blessed,” said Bernard, who celebrated his 47th birthday Nov. 28.

  • A New Year, new opportunities for our retirees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    As we head into 2017, we are reminded of the promise of a new year in which we hope to see the spirit of collaboration across party lines, regardless of the issues to be faced.

  • You decide: What should be North Carolina’s economic agenda?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year, I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair!