Today's News

  • Cancer Rally at Ocean Ridge helps local community

    Breast cancer impacts many people in our society. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer many years ago.

    June Larson was a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism; I was a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse. We were both stay-at-home moms and became friends through our church, where we were both active in Sunday School and youth programs.

    When all of our children were in school full time, June and I began our long-delayed writing careers. We joined forces and sent out proposals on articles we wanted to write.

  • Citizens group ponders legal action for behind-the-scenes tactics in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A concerned-citizens group is considering legal steps if the town proceeds with an idea to send letters to residents telling them to vote no in an upcoming referendum.

    Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said the group is waiting to see how the town board proceeds with an idea recently posed among board members via e-mail by town commissioner Gere Dale.

    Dale has been soliciting behind-the-scenes input from fellow board members about the town’s upcoming referendum about changing its form of government.

  • Longwood man arrested for burglary, assault on a female

    LONGWOOD—In the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 14, a Longwood man allegedly kicked in the front door of a Shallotte home and assaulted the woman living there.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison, Mike Lavern Daniels kicked in the victim’s front door and punched her about 10 times.

    Daniels, 27, of 7253 Bellamy Road, Longwood, was charged with first-degree burglary and assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $50,000 secured bond.

  • Bye-bye, daytime. Hello, on-demand

    “The Guiding Light” began its life as a 15-minute radio serial in 1937 and was on the air in one form or another until its final episode, broadcast last Friday, Sept. 18.

    That’s 72 years of life for a daytime soap opera, and it’s an accomplishment that deserves some respect.

  • Deal-making, oddball questions and last-minute bookings

    HOLDEN BEACH—Phyllis Booth fields calls from people across the state and around the country looking to spend a week at the beach, during summer months and off-season, as a rental agent at Brunswickland Realty.

    “When are you interested in coming in?” she asks

    “How many bedrooms do you need?”

    “We don’t have anything pet-friendly available. You might want to try Holden Beach Properties. They have a lot of pet-friendly homes.”


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

    •Police charged Pamela Lee Monk, 37, of 4353 Spa Drive, Little River, S.C., with larceny of jewelry. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Stacy O’Brine Sellers Jr., 42, of 721 Mill Creek Road, Bolivia, with shoplifting. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 secured bond.

  • West’s boys win cross-country meet


    Caleb Hawkins would have been proud.

    The West Brunswick boys’ cross-country team, winless last year, won for the first time this year in a four-team, 36-runner meet at West.

    The Trojans placed five runners in the top 10 and beat South Brunswick by two points, 31-33. North had 72 points and West Bladen 101.

    West’s runners wore black ribbons on their jerseys in memory of Hawkins. The three-sport athlete died May 12 of injuries suffered in an auto wreck.

  • Students released from hospital after early morning bus wreck

    The 12 students that were sent to the hospital following a bus wreck this morning have been released, according to Superintendent Katie McGee.

    The wreck occurred just before 8 a.m. on N.C. 211 near the St. James Plantation entrance, McGee said. A vehicle rear-ended a Brunswick County Schools bus, which sent 12 South Brunswick High School students to Dosher Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

  • Brunswick boxer’s sportsmanship ‘a lesson for us all’

    This tugboat of a man was more like a teddy bear.

    It just depended where you met Waban “Tugboat” Thomas.

    “He was a lamb out of the ring but a tiger in the ring and a gentlemen fighter,” said Calabash mayor Anthony Clemmons. “He once knocked a fighter out and caught him on one arm and lowered him to the canvas. I asked him why, and he indicated that he didn’t want the man to hurt himself.”

  • Trojans sweep county rivals

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team opened its Waccamaw Conference season with two victories, beating South Brunswick 2-0 Sept. 9 and North Brunswick 5-3 Monday.

    Below are summaries of the games.

    WEST 2

    SOUTH 0

    West scored twice in the second half in beating the Cougars in the game at West.

    Alex Harrell scored West’s first goal, kicking in a ball that had ricocheted off the goal post on a 20-yard free kick by Chip Mendoza.