Today's News

  • Koletar’s latest book on shelves this week

    Winding River resident Joe Koletar’s third book targeted to businesses, “Rethinking Risk: How Companies Sabotage Themselves and What They Must Do Differently,” will be available for purchase this week.

    During his career as a fraud investigator, Koletar wrote extensively about fraud in various professional journals, leading to another career for the now semi-retired expert.

    “I started writing an article for a professional journal. I got carried away,” he recalled.

  • Resorts, inns make website’s top lists

    Clayton Bartizal, business development manager at resortandlodges.com, said recently various teams of writers and editors write “top 10” articles once or twice each month based on social media reviews, price ranges, the size of the units and how resorts meet customers’ needs.

    “We get a lot of [website] traffic from that,” Bartizal said. “It’s a lot of great free traffic our partners get.”

    While many of the sites chosen are advertising partners with resortandlodges, many are not, he said.


  • Formerly an FBI and fraud investigator, Winding River resident hasn’t stopped working

    From chasing bank robbers to poring over Swiss bank records to find fraud, Joe Koletar’s career has spanned more than 40 years, numerous countries and countless adventures.

    After graduating college, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Special Security Group. From there, he was recruited into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he got his start investigating bank robberies.

  • Ocean Isle’s The Winds named state’s top beach resort

    Ocean Isle Beach—Even as an unusual early-summer heat wave sets in, guests and employees at The Winds Resort Beach Club don’t mind at all—as long as they can hang out at the pool, enjoy drinks at the tiki bar and walk onto the strand whenever the mood strikes.

  • Man with local roots returning from prosecuting terrorists in Iraq

    With two hardworking parents—both born and raised in Brunswick County—praying for him and telling him to do the best he could, Sam Galloway had a foundation for success.

    But John and Betty Galloway had no idea how far their son would go or how hard he would work to get there.

    Supply native Betty Galloway moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., for work after high school, and at a birthday party there, met John Galloway, who was born and raised in Bolivia.

  • Town Creek All-Stars play in state tourney

     The North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball AA state tournament had first-round games Saturday at Town Creek Park. Host Town Creek played Kenansville in a first-round game and lost. Here are photos of some of the Town Creek players in action.

  • Search suspended for missing fisherman

    The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Ocean Isle Beach fisherman whose boat was found late Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach has been missing since he left to go fishing on the morning of July 1. His wife summoned authorities that evening after Richmond didn’t return as scheduled.

  • Deputy cleared of wrongdoing after striking 14-year-old with vehicle

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy, whose vehicle struck a 14-year-old boy last Wednesday night, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputy Andrew Lentz has been cleared after an investigation by the sheriff’s office professional standards division.

    “It has been determined deputy Lentz has violated no traffic laws or departmental policies, and he has been cleared of any wrongdoing in this incident,” Stanley said.

  • When summer heats up, movie theaters stay cool

    Some of my fondest summer memories are of the times my dad would take my brother and I to a movie theater in Wilmington to see the latest kid movies.

    The ones that still stick in my mind are the original “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” all the “Star Wars” movies, “The Great Muppet Caper” and even a flop that I happen to like—Robert Altman’s live action musical version of “Popeye” starring Robin Williams.

  • Pruden ‘humbled’ to fill superintendent position

    BOLIVIA—Amid the half unpacked boxes sits piles of paperwork already waiting for Dr. Edward Pruden’s attention.

    Pruden officially took over as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools Thursday. A 40-year educator, Pruden comes to Brunswick County from Virginia, where he last served as assistant superintendent for instructional administration of Chesterfield County Public Schools.