Today's News

  • Ninja Firefly Monkeys win Coastal Envirothon competition

    The Ninja Firefly Monkeys team from the James C. School in Brunswick County won first place competing against 28 counties in the middle school division at the March 23 Coastal Envirothon event at Weyhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Center in Craven County.
    The Destinasia team of the James C. School finished second in Area 6 in the high school division. Joene Helms was the advisor for both teams.
    The five main curricula of study included soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

  • Wreck sends one to hospital

    Troopers and EMTs responded to the scene of a wreck on N.C. 130 near the Ash community Tuesday afternoon. According to Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell, one female driver was transported to the hospital. Dunwell said the driver stopped her car for a braking school bus, but the driver of the vehicle behind her did not stop and hit her car, sending it sailing into the nearby ditch. No one in the school bus was injured.

  • Days at the Docks planned for this weekend

    Holden Beach will once again be the site of the world’s only “bopple” race, live entertainment from local and regional bands, festival food and events to raise money for local charities this weekend.

    The annual Days at the Docks celebration, scheduled for the last weekend in April of each year, is also a kind of unofficial kick off of the spring tourist season on this Brunswick County beach.

    After a long, cold winter, this year’s organizers are ready to hit the strand.

  • Fennell, Rabon seek GOP nomination for 8th District Senate seat

    Two Republicans will face off during this year’s primary election as they try to secure the GOP nomination for North Carolina State Senate District 8.

    Bettie Fennell and Bill Rabon are both seeking election into the Senate seat, which has been held by Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. (D-Columbus) for more than three decades. Soles announced last December he would not seek re-election.

    Fennell, who lost to Soles in the 2008 election, said she decided to run again because she has “a lot to offer for this district.”

  • Market slows project, but plans for Wisteria Place continue; construction expected this fall

    When developer Brian Griffin started making plans for a unique gated community off Village Point Road in Shallotte several years ago, he hadn’t predicted the coming recession or bank failures that have resulted in stalled development and under-whelming real estate sales.

    “Four or five years ago, people would buy a piece of land sight unseen. That’s what got us here today. They thought they could flip it and make a few bucks,” Griffin said this week.

  • McIntyre seeks to connect green industries, government funding

    CASTLE HAYNE—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre brought together representatives from government agencies who know how to leverage available funds, entrepreneurs who need funds to start their businesses and scientists who can make the businesses’ products reality at a Green Energy Summit Monday morning at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus.

    “We can unleash all types of resources and turn it into cost savings,” McIntyre told the crowd. “We can provide you with the tools to create green jobs.”

  • Calabash sets Earth Day Spring Litter Sweep this Thursday


    This Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day, and the town of Calabash is celebrating by having a 2010 NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Participants will work in teams of at least two picking up trash along Beach Drive, Persimmon Road and Thomasboro Road.

  • Phelps named new director of Brunswick Family Assistance

    Carol Phelps is ready to take on the challenges of her new job—executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance—during one of the most challenging periods in the nonprofit agency’s history.

    Phelps moved to Brunswick County in 2002 from Randolph County, where she worked for seven years at a nonprofit and for a number of years before that as a schoolteacher.

  • Dentistry before deployment

    Dr. Robert Quintano has heard his share of military stories from many soldiers who have served overseas.

    Earlier this month, he spent a weekend with soldiers ready for deployment at the South Carolina National Guard Armory in Greenwood. Quintano was contracted to perform dental work for the soldiers before they leave for Iraq.

    “They come home on leave for a year and then they have to reprocess through all the medical to go back to Iraq,” he said. “If there’s any kind of big problem, they fix them right there on the spot.”

  • 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.

    •Jose C. Martinez, 28, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with disorderly conduct on East Second Street.

    •Forging/uttering at First Bank on Causeway Drive; unknown subject tried to pass a stolen check.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Monroe Street; suspect damaged door casing, locks and locket and took a flat screen TV.