Today's News

  • Getting access to public information is sometimes harder than it should be

    Getting the news out to the public can be a mix of fun and excitement. Sometimes it’s hard; sometimes it’s emotional.

    And sometimes, it can be down right intimidating.

    As a reporter in Kentucky, I was eager to join up with law enforcement one day after receiving a call about an indoor marijuana-growing operation in my hometown. The officers invited me along and told me I was welcome to take pictures of the enterprise, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the area before.

    I showed up with two cameras in tow, a notebook and several pens.

  • Woman bitten by shark at Holden Beach

    A woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach on July 22, according to Holden Beach Police.

    Police said a shark bit a 26-year-old woman around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about 3-4 feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners vote again on planning and zoning board appointments

    HOLDEN BEACH—Two people have been selected for the town’s planning and zoning board—one member and one alternate member—after two votes by town commissioners.

    At their monthly meeting July 14, commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Tony Marwitz to a vacant planning and zoning board seat and Nancy Sullivan to the alternate’s seat.

    But rather than vote vocally, the board voted by ballot.

  • Meet the Cedar Grove principal

    When Cedar Grove Middle School opens its doors for the first time this August, some may recognize a familiar face among its administration.

    Rhonda Benton, principal of Cedar Grove Middle School, a longtime Brunswick County educator, is ready to take on a new chapter to her career.

    “I’m just excited,” she said. “It’s exciting to open a new school. You set the stance for that school. You set the traditions for that school.”

  • Lunchtime doesn't have to be just a can of soup or a sandwich

    When it comes to lunches, most of us just open up a can of soup or throw some deli meat and cheese on some bread and call it lunch. Or maybe we’ll open up some yogurt or cottage cheese and add some fruit or fix a little green salad and wash it all down with a Diet Pepsi. Maybe we’ll just stop at a fast-food diner and eat in or bring it all home.

    Or maybe, we’ll actually think about it, and create an easy and scrumptious salad or sandwich or soup that we couldn’t get at a restaurant.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Melissa Dawn Bass, 24, of 124 NW 23rd St., Oak Island, with driving while impaired. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Joshua Donald Wilson, 24, of 2530 Big Neck Road, Ash, with driving while impaired. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.

    •Prostitution in Hill’s parking lot; suspect propositioned victim and kept following her.

  • Changes to ABCs help more schools make AYP

    Recent changes to the state’s ABCs of Public Education program may have contributed to an increase in adequate yearly progress (AYP) for Brunswick County Schools.

    Fourteen of the 17 schools tested in 2008-2009 made AYP, more than double last year when six of 17 made the mark.

    Retesting for math and reading for students in grades 3-8, as well as science retesting for students in grades 5-8, was included in AYP scores for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office: Ace Report July 20-26

    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: K-9 Report July 20-26

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

    From July 20-26, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 19 calls and made five drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Ocean Ridge, Brunswick Plantation, Lakewood, Carolina Place and downtown Southport.

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

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Vandalism on Fairmont Street. Suspect threw soda cans and bottled water at an automobile, causing $100 in damage. •Larceny of golf cart at the Ocean Isle Beach pier. Suspect removed golf cart from parking lot, which was later recovered. •Breaking and entering at the Ocean Isle pier. Suspect entered the building but did not cause damage.