Today's News

  • Early College students use Skype to communicate with people in other countries

    In the past few weeks, students in Claire McLaughlin’s earth/environmental science class at Brunswick County Early College High School have visited with students from Canada, Sweden, Seoul, Korea, Kosovo, Madagascar, Australia, London and Rio de Janeiro. And they did it without ever stepping foot outside of their classroom.

    The ninth-grade class has been using Skype, an Internet program that allows users to make free calls and chat via Web cam.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated larceny at Marathon on Causeway Drive last week. According to the police report, the suspect shoplifted a $1.50 can of beer.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Larceny and vandalism at San Rio development; suspect cut BEMC electrical boxes, causing $10,000 in damage to the boxes and $2,000 in damage to a light pole and stole copper wiring valued at $80,000, according to Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • ATMC awards $25,000 in community grants for education

    ATMC awarded $25,000 in grant funds to 17 educators and community organizations serving Brunswick County students and residents and honored them with a reception on Nov. 12 at ATMC’s corporate headquarters in Shallotte.

    Representatives from each school talked about the programs for which the grant funds are earmarked and how these grants will positively impact area students. Checks were disbursed for Smart Connections, the educational component of the cooperative’s grant program.

    Those receiving funding were:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    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 roundup

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

    From Nov. 30-Dec. 6, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Southport, Sunset Harbor, Tall Pines, Magnolia Greens, Brunswick Forest and Cedar Grove. K-9 deputies also assisted the sheriff’s office drug enforcement unit with a drug investigation.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect stole victim’s camera system.

    •Property damage on Acres Circle in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s door by attempting to pry it open.

    •Larceny on Lott Avenue in Supply; suspect stole victim’s lock box with documents from victim’s residence.

  • Flounder situation complicated by uncertainties

    North Carolina’s southern flounder stock is in trouble and an eventual closed season is one of the possibilities for the future, according to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Dr. Louis Daniels.

    “We enacted a plan to reduce over-fishing in 2005, and the law says you have to end over-fishing in 10 years,” said Daniels, in an interview earlier Tuesday. “So what happens if we get to 2015 and we haven’t achieved that goal? One response would be to close the fishery if that happened.”

  • GPS golf system makes a great gift

    Every year, there are scientific improvements to the game of golf. Heavy steel shafts have been replaced by graphite and other light-composite materials. Real wooden woods have gone the way of stick shift cars and rotary telephones. Golf balls go farther and they can stick on a green like a dart if you hit them right.

    But the latest, biggest innovation to the world of golf is the range finder or GPS system. A few years ago, they were rare. Today, many serious golfers have them. Some courses even provide GPS systems on their carts.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Train show drawing festive weekend crowds

    Model trains of all sizes are pulling into the station—the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Station, that is—as the department’s fourth annual Christmas Train Show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

    Now, trains overtake the entire station as hundreds turn out to view them.