Today's News

  • Suspect to be charged with Sunset Beach break-ins, thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—A man in custody in Columbus County will be charged with recent break-ins and thefts on the Sunset Beach island.

    Raymond Lee Jones III, 24, faces charges in connection with the incidents reported June 5 and 6, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Tuesday.

    Jones currently is being held on theft charges in Columbus County.

  • Frank Iler appointed to Bonner Stiller's seat

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller’s resignation from the N.C. General Assembly became effective Monday, and on Tuesday night, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee elected Frank Iler to replace him.

    The vote was 25-10 in favor of Iler, of Oak Island, over Brunswick County Board of Education Chairwoman Shirley Babson, who also sought the seat.

    Iler was set to go to Raleigh at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, he said, and was to be sworn in that evening.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, June 3

    Judge Sherry Tyler presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Michael C. Abercrombie, no operator’s license, prayer for judgment continued and costs; failure to reduce speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    Betsy Carol Adcock, improper equipment, costs.

    Sasha Vanessa Ahlers, speeding 65 in a 55 zone, costs.

  • Two arrested, 88 marijuana plants seized in two investigations

    The Drug Enforcement Unit seized 61 marijuana plants and made one arrest after an investigation in the Holden Beach area.

    Drug agents seized 61 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area off Hazelnut Drive on June 9. An investigation led agents to 1129 Bluefish St. in Holden Beach, where they found three ounces of marijuana, grow material, seven additional marijuana plants, a 72-plant seed bed and related drug paraphernalia at the Bluefish residence.

  • Carolina Shores residents exercising their rights

    When Carolina Shores commissioners decided recently to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager, the decision didn’t sit well with some residents. Rather than accept the change some say they don’t want, some residents decided to take action.

    Resident Joe Lowry researched North Carolina General Statutes and found out citizens had the right to seek out residents’ signatures for a petition that could force the town to have a referendum about the future of its form of government.

  • Northern Border Bluegrass pickin' and singin' at Concerts on the Coast

    Northern Border Bluegrass pickin’ and singin’ at Concerts on the Coast

    Concerts on the Coast have launched for another season and are well under way in Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Shallotte and Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, Concerts on the Coast offer free admission and a chance to take in a variety of music that changes weekly from May through September.

  • Celebrate ice cream month and make memories

    The hottest season of the year is here, and July will no doubt be the worst of the hot months. Luckily, since 1984, July has been officially designated as “National Ice Cream Month.”

    As far as I’m concerned, that’s a great reason to indulge in the delicious frozen treat.

  • West Junior American Legion team splits doubleheader

    WHITEVILLE—The West Trojans Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday with Whiteville at Legion Memorial Stadium, losing the first game 10-2 but winning the second game 6-1.

    Lorenzo Pigott was the winning pitcher in the second game, giving up five hits. He walked one and struck out four in the five-inning game.

    West (2-3) scored a run in the first. With one out, Colby Cannon singled. Nick Napolitano reached on an error. Pigott singled home the run.

  • Professional, kind staff eases mom's worries about son's surgery

    Having surgery is never a walk in the park--worry and anxiety plague you until the day arrives. However, when it’s your child who’s having surgery, you can multiply your worry and anxiety times 100, and know you will be sitting on pins and needles until the doctor comes out to tell you he or she is ready.

    When I went to my son’s pre-op appointment at Brunswick Community Hospital, I was already terrified. He was scheduled to have his tubes replaced in both ears. The surgery was one week away, but talking about it made my eyes tear up and my voice crack.

  • Group gathering signatures for petitions in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Joyce Dunn, clipboard in hand, strolled down Oakbark Court as she prepared to collect more petition signatures Monday.

    Part-time resident Peter Gulliver was among residents she encountered.

    “I think this is an important enough issue where the residents of our community should have a voice in deciding it, not just five people,” said Gulliver, who didn’t sign the petition because he only lives here part-time and doesn’t vote locally.