Today's News

  • Beyond the quaint: Maisel writes of Southport’s ‘rough,’ colorful past

    Since moving to Southport, the one word Larry Maisel always hears when people describe his adopted hometown is “quaint.”

    People from all over Brunswick County and around the state enjoy strolling downtown, browsing antique shops and eating at seafood restaurants in the small, charming town along the Cape Fear River.

    But the picturesque Southport of today is different than its early days as an industrial town, where canning plants, lumber mills, boat repair facilities and shrimp houses lined the now scenic, tourist-friendly waterfront.

  • Local history is right at your fingertips

    I recently had the opportunity to interview Southport history expert Larry Maisel about his new book “Before We Were Quaint,” covering some of the forgotten, less-than-savory history of the popular riverfront town.

    The book includes tales from longtime residents who were there during some of the town’s more trying times as well as stories handed down for generations. Southport was a hardworking town for many years, with canning factories and lumber mills that have since been replaced with scenic walkways and antique shops.

  • Man who left nursing home reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who left a Brunswick County nursing home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said David “Sunny” Riggins, 62, of 1478 River Road, Winnabow, was reported missing June 13.

  • Two killed in early morning wreck in Supply

    Two are dead after a single vehicle wreck in Supply early Sunday morning.

    According to Sgt. Timothy Daniels of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Hermilio Galarza Vargas, 23, of Supply, and another passenger died after being ejected from a 1999 Pontiac that wrecked on Boones Neck Road in Supply at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Daniels said the vehicle was traveling south when it ran off the road, struck a tree and rolled over several times.

  • Weather Alert: Heat advisory in effect Monday

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Brunswick County from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of temperatures in the 90s to near 100 degrees with high humidity will create potentially dangerous conditions, according to NWS. The heat index, which measures how hot it actually feels, may reach between 105-107 degrees.

    Heat-related illnesses may be possible as a result. Those who must go outside, are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and to stay out of the sun. 

  • Local anglers do well in Flounder Tournament

     Ken Parrish, of Ocean Isle Beach, finished first in the 27th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament. He caught a flounder that weighed 9.88 pounds. He fished with Joey Belviso, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. First place was worth $1,500.

    The Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club put on the tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday. Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  • McCumbee 17th in ARCA race

     Chad McCumbee finished 17th Friday in the ARCA Racing Series Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

    McCumbee started 15th in the 41-driver field. He completed 98 of the 100 laps.

    This was McCumbee’s fourth race this season in the series.

    Mikey Kile led the final 26 laps for his first career victory in the series. The victory came in what was Kile’s 16th start in the series.

    The next race is July 10 at Iowa Speedway.  SPEED will televise the race, beginning at 9 p.m.

  • Seven injured after beach house deck collapses

    Seven people were injured Thursday after a deck collapsed on a house at Holden Beach.

    Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Brunswick County 9-1-1 received a call about a deck collapsing on a home at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. When emergency crews arrived, it was reported seven people had been injured.

    According to Brunswick County EMS, three people were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, one person was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital and three others declined medical attention.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 26, 27, 28 and June 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, May 26

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve $6.9 million operating budget for upcoming fiscal year

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach commissioners on Tuesday approved a $6.9 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that did not include a tax increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which town manager David Hewett described as “a real skinny budget.”

    The 2010-2011 fiscal year budget “Holds the tax rate the same at 6.9 cents and attempts to hold the water and sewer rates the same, although we’re probably going to take a real, hard look at our water and sewer rates,” Hewett said.