Today's News


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Police charged Michael Wayne Cooper, 38, of 6713 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, with extortion. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond. Cooper allegedly called the victim and requested money from him saying if he didn’t comply, he would not see a family member again. The family member was never in the presence of the suspect.

  • BCC offers continuing education courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at BCC offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Fall Brawl King Classic set for this weekend

    The Yellowfin/OIFC.com Fall Brawl King Classic, based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, is this weekend.

    Competitors fish either Saturday or Sunday. Competitors declare their intended fish day on their registration form or have until 7 a.m. Saturday to call (910) 253-3474 and leave a message declaring the fish day. If a fish day is not declared, Saturday automatically will be counted as the fish day.

  • Recent cold temperatures are good for fishing

    The cold may not be at the top of your “favorite things” list, but as far as stimulating fall fishing, this is the exact weather we need to get the final push of fish that our area is due.

    The spots certainly will be running in full force by the weekend, as beach water temperatures cool to near 70 degrees. This also means the beach king mackerel fishing should be excellent. Typically just before the water reaches the 60s, the kings will bite good at Shallotte Inlet, so I’m looking for that to take place any day.

  • Many species of fish moving through local waters

    Cooler weather has pushed fall fishing along quickly. Variable winds and weather conditions mean fishing luck changes daily, but it also means a lot of species are moving through our local waters.

    Speckled trout are active inside. Trout hit throughout the year, but middle to late fall is probably being the best time to fish for them. During autumn, specks can be targeted in a variety of ways. They like a moving bait and are schooled up very tightly.

  • Love blooms in Ocean Isle, blossoms into marriage on couple’s golf trip

    Sometimes human beings have the chance to witness something magical like a lavish church wedding, the birth of a child, a baby’s first smile.

    The magic may be as simple as a view from a mountaintop, or a sunset by a salt marsh as a great blue heron streams into the sky. It could be the rise and fall of a school of dolphins as it navigates the Intracoastal Waterway.

    My husband, Gene, and I and 10 other couples had a magical experience last week in Mount Pleasant, S.C., when a golf trip turned into a wedding none of us will ever forget.

  • Golf action



    The weekly tournament was Oct. 13. The format was individual flighted scores. First place in the first flight was a tie between Butch Cunningham and Bob Koegel at a net score of 68. Second flight net: 1. Bill Shanley, 65; 2. Larry Agrimonti, 69; 3. Alan Morrissey, 70.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Oct. 12-18, K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote seven uniform citations and made nine drug arrests.

    Deputies patrolled the following communities: Shell Point Acres, Tall Pines and Brunswick Forest.

    The following suspects were charged. All information is taken directly from arrest reports and citations.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •First-degree burglary and larceny on Pinfish Street on Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and took money.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Ocean View Avenue in Supply; suspect broke victim’s window and entered victim’s residence.

    •Property damage on N.C. 211 in Southport; suspect damaged street signs.