Today's News

  • Family, friends celebrate Brunswick County native's 100th birthday

    What has contributed to Geneva Grissett’s long life of 100 years? 

    An active faith in God, a loving family, and a healthy lifestyle with good food and plenty of exercise in the form of hard work.  

    She was a great cook; just ask her family, her church family and the people who worked on her farm. She could also sew anything, from dresses to quilts. She gardened and raised chickens for meat and eggs, and she even built the stools people sat on around the dinner table.

  • Carolina Shores weathers storm well, administrator says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Overall, the town did well during last week’s rains that spurred flooding in many parts of the county.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a town board workshop Monday, said it was “amazing we’ve had no road closures.”

    Water was high in all swales and ditches, “but it was moving,” Herncane said, adding the town’s maintenance men checked everything “before, during and after the storm. There was not problem in our area. The system does work.”

  • 82nd Airborne strikes positive notes at Sunset at Sunset


    SUNSET BEACH—They say every setback makes you stronger, right?

    Those are words from Sigmund Johnson, a musician with the 82nd Airborne Division Band before its performance at the Sunset at Sunset festival Oct. 2.

    He and the other band members have surely had their share of setbacks lately, beginning three months ago with a warehouse fire at Fort Bragg that wiped out their uniforms, instruments and sheet music.

  • Third annual Wag Shag set for Oct. 24 at Sea Trail

    Paws-Ability’s third annual Wag Shag is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    Paws-Ability founder Janie Withers is promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

    In fact, she says, it is the largest social event for canines and their humans in the state.

    Wag Shag “has grown to be quite the social event for dogs to see and be seen this year,” Withers says, adding it allows attendees—both canine and human—to come decked out in their Halloween finery.

  • First bridge crossings still up in the air

    Except for employees of English Construction Co. and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, hardly anybody who’s somebody has been allowed up on the new, soon-to-open Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    This includes newspaper reporters and photographers, I know for a fact. I’m a reporter/photographer, so you’ll have to trust me on this.

    There are plenty of good reasons why average citizens—even if they promise to wear hard-hats and flotation devices just in case—shouldn’t climb up that big bridge without permission.

  • Civitas poll: McIntyre, Pantano neck-in-neck; Rabon enjoys lead over Redwine

    WILMINGTON—Unaffiliated voters will likely affect the outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

    According to a poll released last week by the Civitas Institute, which surveyed 450 registered voters who said they were very likely to vote Nov. 2, the unaffiliated voter turnout may decide key races.

    “That’s the story of this election—the unaffiliated,” Civitas President Francis DeLuca said.

  • State, federal agencies to assess flood damage Wednesday

    The storm has passed. The waters have receded, and now emergency officials are awaiting a federal disaster declaration needed to reimburse local emergency expenses incurred during last week’s four-day flood event.

    Parts of Brunswick County received as much as 22 inches of rain between Monday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 30. Brunswick County Schools were let out early Wednesday, and schools were closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from information provided by the police department.

    •Attempted breaking and entering and property damage were reported on Ocean Boulevard West on Oct. 1.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Shrimp Street on Oct. 2. Oakley sunglasses were reported stolen.

  • Sheriff’s detectives searching for suspects in Cyberlink Sweepstakes armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery in Sunset Beach last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, around 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, two suspects entered Cyberlink Sweepstakes, 30A Shamrock Drive in Sunset Beach.

    The two suspects concealed their identities through masks, and forced employees to hand over an undetermined amount of money before fleeing the business, Stanley said.

  • Southport man arrested for multiple break-ins

    A Southport man has been arrested for his involvement in several break-ins to local businesses during the past few weeks.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, William Earl Hewett, 18, of 4900 Trails End, Southport, was arrested around 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at a traffic stop on Winston-Salem Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Hewett was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and property damage.