Today's News

  • Lifelong gardener cultivates tower of butterbeans

    SUPPLY — Levi Grissett still doesn’t care much to eat his vegetables, but he sure loves to grow them.

    The Brunswick County native’s latest summer crop consists of a tall row of heirloom butterbeans towering over his backyard garden at his home on Empire Road, he estimates between 18 to 20 feet high.

    “The fantastic thing about those beans is they’ve been in my deep freeze for 10 years — I’ve had ‘em since ‘07,” the retired trucker said as he stood on his own expansive family heirloom property.

  • Sunset Beach says yes to Sunday brunch bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has given unanimous approval to the state-enabled “brunch bill,” which allows a town to choose whether to allow sales of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. instead of noon Sundays.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato was an involuntary part of the unanimous vote count after he tried to recuse himself from voting on the issue at council’s monthly meeting Monday night, stating while he has ownership in a local restaurant it is not directly affected by the measure.

  • Carolina Shores considers concert site

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town leaders are taking a look at setting up a public gathering spot where residents could convene for concerts and other events.

    It was broached as a possibility at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, where they took a brief field trip outside afterward to scope out the potential in the expansive backyard behind Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road where improvements are planned in coming months.

  • Thalian Hall stages season ticket sale

    It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County! in tune for fifth season

    Given Listen Up Brunswick County’s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.

    Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC’s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.

    The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.

  • Check out latest events at Hickmans Crossroads Library

    Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.

    At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, “Cast From The Sea,” at another Meet the Author event.

    Baum’s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America’s violent prairies.

  • Amuzu drums up rock and roll encore shows

    Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.

    But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music” Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It’s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 1-4 2017

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

    Aug. 1

    Michael Ross Trent, 46, of Forrest Acres Lane, Chester, Va., was arrested on a charge of resisting a public officer after police were called to a fight on West Main Street.

    Aug. 2

    Brent Richard Hinson, 27, of Royal Poste Road was arrested on a drug paraphernalia possession charge.

    Stolen license plate reported at 35th Street.

    Aug. 4

  • Man sentenced for Leland credit union robbery

    A Riegelwood man who admitted robbing a credit union in Leland in December will spend more than 10 years in prison,the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced 26-year-old Borenzo Cortez Patrick to 121 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on Tuesday in Greenville.

    Patrick faced at least 32 years in prison after pleading guilty May 12 to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • District Court docket for July 24, 25, 26 and 28

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 24, 25, 26 and 28 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, July 24

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Shirley B. Smircic and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: