Today's News

  • Kindred Spirit gets an airing on 'CBS Evening News'

    SUNSET BEACH — For more than 35 years, the Kindred Spirit mailbox has been collecting messages from inspired writers trekking or pedaling down to uninhabited Bird Island just a half-hour walk west of the Sunset Beach island.

    Monday, TV viewers nationwide got a chance to be inspired, too, when the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" featured a closing segment focused on the Kindred Spirit and Sunset Beach resident Frank Nesmith.

    Nesmith, along with an old girlfriend, was instrumental in launching the mailbox overlooking the ocean 37 years ago.

  • Fourth of July fireworks: Events spark Independence Day celebration

    Area events celebrating the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already taking hold, starting with the launch of the nearly-as-old North Carolina Fourth of July Festival this weekend in Southport.

    Events in the historic seaport town begin with the N.C. Freedom Run/Walk and opening ceremony Saturday morning, June 28, at Waterfront Park and continue into the following week, until the Fourth of July Festival fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4, on the Southport waterfront.

  • Brunswick Concert Band presents Summer Concert Series

    The Brunswick Concert Band is presenting its Summer Concert Series with five performances in the coming week as the band presents “A New York City Central Park Goldman Band Concert.”

  • Sunset Beach to vote on budget Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is poised to address and vote on its proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday night, June 30.

    After three workshops, Mayor Ron Watts says the town has found an additional $300,000 in revenue over the amount shown in an initial budget draft for fiscal 2014-15 that takes effect July 1.

    Watts’ observations came at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night, June 2.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, June 16-22, 2014

     Sunset Beach

    Police Department


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


    June 16

    Kimberly Renette Nichols, 39, of 225 Forbush Drive, Chapel Hill, charged with simple assault.


    June 17

    Larceny at an address on Water Oak Wynd.


    June 19

    Injury to real property reported at an address on Mill Pond Road.


  • Brandon Rankin finishes second IFL season

    Defensive lineman Brandon Rankin had three tackles in the Tri-Cities Fever’s 47-33 victory against the Colorado Ice in an Indoor Football League game June 14. Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, assisted on a sack for a 2-yard loss.

    The Fever, based in Kennewick, Wash., finished the season 8-6 and third in the four-team Intense Conference. The Fever began the season 1-5 but won seven of its last eight games.

    For the year, Rankin (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) averaged 5.5 sacks per game, 10th best in the league.

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  • Footgolf: New and growing sport

     Until last month, I had never heard of footgolf, a new game that combines golf and soccer.

    What? Is that possible? Why would anyone want to combine golf and soccer?

    For a million good reasons, and now footgolf has come to Brunswick County. The first nine holes of Meadowlands will open on July 12 as an accredited 18-hole FootGolf Course.   

  • Teens arrested, charged with murder of Shallotte man

    Two 18-year-olds from Chester, S.C., have been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a Shallotte man last week in a Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot.

    Myrtle Beach police found Alton Antonio “Sugar Daddy” Daniels, 34, dead June 16 of an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

    Broderick Lamar Roscoe and Meleke Dashawn Stewart were each charged with murder Thursday, June 19. Stewart also was charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. No bail has been set for either teen.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen located

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives issued a press release Tuesday morning stating missing teen Orio Woodard of Sunset Beach has been safely located.

    Woodard, 15, was last seen at his residence on Ocean Highway West at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22.