Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 14-16 2018

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

    March 14

    Stolen license plate reported on Live Oak Drive.

    March 15

    Willie James McCray, 66, of Williams Circle, Chapel Hill, was charged on outstanding warrant for a probation violation after turning himself in at the police department.

    March 18

    Stolen scooter reported on Clubhouse Drive.

  • ONDBEAT: Changes occur when town leaders change (cabana) seats

    It wasn’t that long ago the town of Carolina Shores pondered banning billboards.

    Just nine years ago, in fact, in February 2009, as the town planning and zoning board was adopting a U.S. 17 corridor plan, members agreed billboards had no place along their pristine three-mile stretch of highway under town jurisdiction.

    It was also agreed the town didn’t want unsightly signs too close to the roadway or in the right-of-way. They also didn’t like roof signs. Well, who does?

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    In the North Carolina General Assembly last week, committees were in full swing and some were making the news. My only committee that met in Raleigh was the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform.

  • Don’t put off preparing for the worst

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    When I prepare wills and other advance directives for clients, they often mention how long they have been putting off this task. Even as an attorney, I long procrastinated on preparing these documents for myself. It’s nobody’s idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon. But one excuse people often use to avoid this task needs to be addressed because it’s based on a faulty assumption.

  • Another year older, but apparently not any wiser

    Just a few days before my birthday last week, another one of my infamous migraine headaches knocked me for a loop. Even though the pain had me sobbing and hysterical, I tried to convince my parents I’d be OK and would see a doctor as soon as I felt well enough to drive. My mom was still recovering from a bout of the crud and I didn’t want them to worry.

  • Sunset Beach’s updated cabana ordinance confounds

    Sunset Beach Town Council members are within their rights to restrict beach cabanas as they see fit on behalf of the citizens they are elected to serve.

    But their March 5 vote to prohibit commercial cabana vendors and rental enterprises from erecting or removing cabanas for customers on the beach leaves too many residents, vacationers and business owners scratching their heads ... again.

    Some still argue that cabanas are not only unsightly, but also take up too much real estate on Sunset Beach, the smallest of Brunswick County’s beaches.

  • District court docket for March 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9


    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 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, March 5

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Alisha Benjamin and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 12:52 p.m. March 20, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Stand Down event for veterans March 22-24 in Wilmington

    District 9 of the American Legion, the New Hanover Veterans Council, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer, will sponsor a Veteran Benefit Experience Center (VBEC) and Stand Down event March 22-24 at the Wilmington Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

    American Legion District 9 encompasses multiple Legion Post’s in the Cape Fear region, including Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties in addition to New Hanover County. All veterans in the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.