Today's News

  • Five men OK after boat capsizes in Ocean Isle Beach

    Five men are OK after their boat capsized in Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday, Sept. 29.

    Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho said his office got a call at 10:30 a.m. about a 21-foot Sea Hunt boat that had capsized while coming into the Intracoastal Waterway from the ocean. The boat had been hit twice by large waves, causing it to turn over.

    None of the five men in the boat were wearing life jackets, although they had them aboard, Yoho said.

  • Board of Education talks potential prep for Hurricane Matthew

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Tuesday night from Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs are needed at a school as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    “Part of this is to let the public know that we’re standing by, that we make sure we safeguard our schools as much as possible with the capability of the storm,” Tubb said.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Frequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.

  • How do you react when things don’t go your way?

    By Linda Arnold


    “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these ‘terrible twos’ end?” “I can’t believe she hasn’t answered my email.”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day.  It’s not what happens in our lives that determines how well things flow for us — it’s how we deal with what happens.

  • New Sunset Beach mayor takes oath of office

    SUNSET BEACH — New Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester was officially sworn in during a brief ceremony before going into closed session at the start of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night.

    Following council’s closed session to discuss Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset West and Riverside Drive with the town attorney, Forrester said during council’s pre-meeting work session he appreciated the confidence council members have placed in him in selecting him to fill former mayor Ron Watts’ unexpired term.

  • Carolina Shores denies initiating FEMA flood map changes

    CAROLINA SHORES — One of the residents affected by pending changes that put her in a flood zone claims the town initiated the measure with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after last year’s flooding.

    Phyllis Novkovic, whose Oakbark Court home was among those flooded during weekend rain that dumped 24 inches on the town one year ago last October, last week accused the town of taking action with FEMA to change flood maps as well as paying for an engineering study.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Sept. 19

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Samantha Etheridge:

  • The fall season brings out our best chowders and bisques

    Most everyone enjoys a good, creamy and chunky bowl of clam chowder, or maybe you prefer the Manhattan-style chowder instead. But one thing we all agree on is that the fall season is when the chowders and bisques come out.

    Many restaurants will be serving up these seafood delights, and will be offering both chowders and bisques. Do you know the difference between chowder and bisque?

  • Legacy Motown Revue entertains Sunset Beach on Sunday, Oct. 9

    Legacy Motown Revue headlines an exclusive Sunset Beach Concerts Fall Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

    The performance unfolds in The Village Park on Queen Anne Street. The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the free concert.

    Kernersville-based Legacy Motown Revue launched on the Fourth of July, 2010, to the delight of Motown-loving audiences everywhere, including the summer concert one coming up this Friday night, Aug. 5, in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Gardening for weight loss

    Two-thirds of the population of the United States is overweight, so lots of us are looking for ways to drop some pounds. Most want the quick fix with the latest magic pill or the 21st century equivalent of the grapefruit diet. While losing weight may be difficult, the basic concept is simple: burn more calories than you consume. If hanging out at the gym isn’t your cup of tea, try these tasks that will get your heart pumping and help your garden as we move into the cooler months of fall.