Today's News

  • Sunset Beach still pursuing grant money for first town park

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach is still in the process of trying to secure grant money for a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site being eyed for a future town park.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at a Dec. 16 planning board workshop, said no contract is in place as yet for the property, priced at an estimated $3.5 million, in order for the town to acquire it.

    “But in anticipation of possibly getting one in the very near future, we’re proceeding to apply for grant funding,” Parker said.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge being dismantled

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill Prince is starting to feel nostalgic about an old bridge that sparks as much affection as it has consternation over the years.

    Prince is the only operator of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge still on duty since the new $44 million high-rise bridge officially opened to traffic Nov. 11. In about two more weeks, the permanent NCDOT employee will revert to other duties after the old bridge is completely removed from the Intracoastal Waterway to a mainland site for a future museum.

  • Firefighters respond to blaze at J2 Custom Cabinetry

    Smoke could be seen high in the sky north of Shallotte Monday afternoon after several local fire departments responded to a blaze on Mount Pisgah Road. The fire engulfed a building at J2 Custom Cabinetry at 703 Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.

  • Former DSS director files suit against accusers

    Former Brunswick County DSS Director Jamie Orrock has filed a lawsuit against the three women who had previously made sexual harassment claims against him.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed suit for defamation, libel and slander. He is seeking punitive damages for more than $10,000.

  • Commissioners to host workshop Monday afternoon

    Brunswick County Commissioners will have a workshop at 3 p.m. today (Monday) to discuss the proposed landfill expansion and recycling options in Brunswick County.

    The meeting will be at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer Building at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners’ regular meeting will follow with a closed session at 6 p.m., and regular session at 6:30 p.m.

    The meeting will include a public hearing on affordable housing incentives in Brunswick County.


  • Photos of BCC victory over Central Carolina Community College

     The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team beat Central Carolina Community College in a first-round game of the Whiteville Urgent Care tournament. Here are photos of some of the action. BCC plays another game at 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 19) on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics and Fitness Center.

  • West Brunswick boys get first victory of season

     The West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team beat East Bladen 72-57 Friday, West’s first victory of the season.

    Quan Bates scored 19 points, Taylor Buffkin 17, Geoff Gore 13 and Roman Smyth 11—all season highs—as new coach coach Eric Davis got his first victory with the Trojan program.

    Markel Jones scored a season-high 8 points, Jamal Jacobs 3 and Marquis Johnson 2 for West (1-2 in the conference 1-8).

  • West Brunswick band ends a successful season

    SHALLOTTE—The West Brunswick High School Band capped off a successful season Tuesday night with its annual holiday concert.

    The holiday concert combined bands from both West Brunswick and South Brunswick High Schools. Jason Seip, director of the West Brunswick band, said Tuesday’s event at Odell Williamson Auditorium was the first time the schools played a joint concert.

  • West Bladen sweeps South Brunswick


    BOILING SPRING LAKES—D.J. Mason had five rebounds in the first quarter, a blocked shot and 4 of his 16 points to lead West Bladen to a 41-33 victory over South Brunswick on Dec. 14 at the Cougars’ home court.

    The Knights took an early first quarter lead, 15-5, and never looked back in this conference game.

  • Simmons leads in rebounds in Greece

    Early in the professional basketball season of the Greece AI Division, Cedric Simmons leads in rebounds and is a close second in blocked shots.

    Simmons is averaging 11.3 rebounds a game. The next highest average is 9.5.

    Simmons is second in blocked shots, averaging 2.4 a game. The leader is averaging 2.5.

    In an 89-86 victory Dec. 12, Simmons scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds. He played 35 minutes and blocked three shots.

    Kavala is 5-3 and tied for third place in the 14-team league.