Today's News

  • The Embers, Craig Woolard heat up summer concert stages Aug. 2 and 7

    Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.

    The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  • Brunswick County road construction frustrates motorists

     SHALLOTTE — Many motorists may feel like the Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte areas are the current road construction capitals of the world.

    Ongoing road construction at three different locations in and around the two towns has caused significant traffic delays as the North Carolina Department of Transportation continues work a roundabout at N.C. 179 and Hale Swamp Road, in addition to other road construction projects.

  • Virginia Williamson students produce anti-bullying film

     “I wonder why people hate me. Everyone finds it easy to bully me and it’s tough. It hurts me. I hate school. Some times I hate myself because of other people hating me. I wish I felt normal like other people.”

    That’s the opening monologue of a three-minute video Virginia Williamson Elementary School students produced earlier this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

    Virginia Williamson physical education teacher Nick Westfall spearheaded the effort to create the film and recruited the help of 12 fifth-grade students.

  • Leland firefighter accused of sex crimes involving girls

     A 49-year-old Leland firefighter accused of sexually exploiting girls faces 14 felony charges after his arrest Monday, July 27.

    Deputies arrested Brian David Saltsgaver, of Liz Lane, and charged him with indecent liberties, nine counts of felony disseminating obscenities and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Tuesday, July 28.

  • Lightning blamed for two Leland fires



    Lightning is being blamed for fires that destroyed a home and an amenities center in Leland last week.

    Scott Garner, Brunswick County’s fire marshal, said officials believe lightning strikes during a strong thunderstorm Thursday, July 23, sparked the two fires.

    One fire significantly damaged a home on Evangeline Drive in the Brunswick Forest community. A separate lightning strike hit the clubhouse at Waterberry Plantation in the Jackey’s Creek area.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 21-26 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 21

    James Carter Hendricks, 38, of 6388 Pigott Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, charged with DWI

    July 22

    Larceny of an enclosed trailer on High Market Street.

    Jeremy Marlin Ludwig, 20, of 1121 First St. in Nitro, W.Va., charged with simple assault and assault on a female.

    July 26

  • Work starts on new medical facility for south Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — Construction of a future 20,000-square-foot medical plaza for the south end of Brunswick County has officially launched.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Novant Health facility took place Monday morning, July 27, at its future site at the corner of U.S. 17 and Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores.

    The new medical plaza will offer primary and specialty care as well as imaging services, according to Novant.

  • Kindred Spirit gets a new bench

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Tom Thomas, people penning their thoughts at the Kindred Spirit mailbox have a new place to perch.

    Monday, the 82-year-old Atlanta resident rode a bicycle down to the popular sanctuary to view a newly installed, second bench he made for the site long renowned for its notebooks.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 13, 14, 15and 16 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 Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, July 13

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Busting a couple of gardening myths

     My progression into a card-carrying curmudgeon is coming along nicely. You can watch those inane situation comedies with their laugh tracks, reality shows featuring fake people with fake body parts and talent competitions (shouldn’t it just be “America Has Talent?”) when you pry the remote from my cold, dead fingers. No, give me a show about history, war, how something is made or figuring out if something is fact or widely believed fiction any day.