Today's News

  • Leland purchases body cameras for use in 2017

    The new year will see Leland police officers add body cameras to their uniform.

    Leland officials approved an increase in the 2016-17 tax rate in part to fund the hiring four new patrol officers and three new detectives. The town also planned to add new patrol cars and detectives’ vehicles.

    Leland Police Chief Mike James said the budget plan for new officers included adding body cameras.

  • Residents seek help with peeling homes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Ken Frost first noticed a problem on the outer trim of his home about five years ago.

    At the time, he deemed it a minor issue — a little pitting here and there in the pre-painted aluminum coil trim under the garage door header on the front of his house in The Farm at Brunswick.

    “I would scrape my fingernail and the paint would come off,” he said. “I couldn’t figure out why it was doing that.”

    He thought a touch-up with paint would take care of it.

  • Beware of computer, Internet scammers

    While computer and Internet use has made communication faster and often easier than ever, users are as susceptible to criminals in the virtual realm as they are in the real world.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident reports routinely document victims who have been conned out of money through various schemes. Sheriff’s office Detective Ed Carter says scammers have ripped off some of our neighbors to the tune of millions of dollars within just the past 10 years.

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 16-31 2016

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

    Dec. 16

    Identity theft at CVS. Victim’s information was used to get $400 from the ATM.

    Dec. 18

    Identity theft at the ATM off Seaside Road to get $500.

    Dec. 20

    Identity theft over the Internet to get $1,501.29 from the victim’s account.

    Dec. 21

    Breaking and entering on Oyster Bay Drive several TVs stolen.

  • Interim Sunset Beach police chief’s guns stolen from department vehicle

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of firearms from the vehicle of Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Four firearms, ammunition, several magazines from each gun and an LA Police Gear bag were reported stolen Dec. 5 from Smith’s vehicle parked in the driveway of his home on Owendon Drive in Shallotte.

  • District court docket for Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22 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, Dec. 19

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Med instead of meds

     Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. Everyone else is writing them this week. I do have an idea for you on a way to eat healthier in 2017 that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. I’m suggesting eating the “med” way.

  • Dogs make us better

     Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  • Why most New Year’s resolutions don’t work

     By Linda Arnold


    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?


    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight