Today's News

  • Candidates’ forum rescheduled ahead of general election

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear has postponed the Brunswick County Candidate Forum planned for Thursday night in Leland to stay out of Hurricane Matthew’s path.

    “We have selected a tentative reschedule date on Wednesday, Oct. 19,” Gail Bromley, chairwoman of voter services for the group, said Tuesday. “All of us are concerned about the hurricane.”

  • Williams named chairman of NCACC steering committee

    Brunswick County commissioner Frank Williams has been appointed chairman of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) General Government Steering Committee by NCACC president Fred McClure. The General Government Steering Committee studies issues dealing with the general relationship between counties and the state and federal governments, including reviewing proposed legislative goals.

  • Sykes named to NACo committee, task force

    Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes has been named to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee and to the NACo Immigration Reform Task Force.

    NACo’s Ad Hoc committees help shape and drive NACo’s programs and services, both internally and externally. The Veterans Military Services Committee works to develop and highlight county best practices and policies to promote innovative programs, services and benefits for the nation’s military, veterans and their families.

  • Clarifying the status of Brunswick Family Assistance

    By Fred Stephens

    Guest Columnist

    The purpose of this column is to clarify points regarding the financials of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) raised by a front-page story in the Sept. 8 edition.

  • Taking some time off for a spell

    Vacation brain, I’ve learned, is a very real phenomenon.

    After taking no real vacation in the past five years except to be sick, have surgery or go to the doctor, a wedding or a funeral, I’ve made up for lost time by taking two vacations this year.

    First, in August, my parents and I went back home to Cleveland to bask in the afterglow of our Cavaliers’ first NBA title, the city’s first national championship in 52 years and first in my lifetime.

  • Autumn festivals continue seasonal delights

    While Brunswick County sells itself on the warm-weather fun to be had on its beaches, fall festivals scheduled throughout our community keep people coming back for more.

    This past weekend, Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach celebrated its 10th anniversary with what organizers called its best event yet. The weekend before that, Sunset Beach Town Park played host to the second annual Paddle Fest, presented by Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association.

  • Sloup second in college tourney in Greensboro

    Winthrop junior Ashley Sloup finished second in the Starmount Forest Fall Classic Oct. 4.

    Sloup, a South Brunswick graduate, finished at 9-over par in the three-day tournament in Greensboro. She shot a 76-71-75 — 222.

    Hollee Sadler of Tennessee Tech won the tourney by three strokes. She shot a 74-72-73 — 219 (6-over par).

    Sadler entered the final round a stroke ahead of Sloup. They played the final round together.

  • 'Monstrous' Hurricane Matthew drives Brunswick County into state of emergency, cancels events

    Brunswick County is one of 66 counties included in Gov. Pat McCrory’s state of emergency issued Monday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew advances northward toward the East Coast.

    McCrory issued an executive order Monday afternoon, Oct. 3, declaring a state of emergency for counties in eastern and central North Carolina.

    Though Matthew’s precise path and impact were not yet known, McCrory said the measure was to aid farmers and facilitate resources in advance preparation for the storm and potential flooding.

  • Uncertainty lies ahead for our fishery


  • Treffingers third in U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

    Over the years, tournament king mackerel fishermen begin to realize that no matter how hard they try, some days are good, and some are bad. It typically isn’t the bait, boat or skirt you have tied to your leader. It’s usually about finding the right spot and hoping your number gets called. It’s a waiting game and all you can do is hope that patience pays off. On Saturday, Oct. 1,  it paid off for my wife, Kelly, and I, as well as the rest of team OIFC: Brant, Amy, Brayden, Caroline and Barrett McMullan.