Today's News

  • Homeowners’ insurance rates to decrease in Brunswick County

     Homeowners in Brunswick County can breathe a sigh of relief after the state’s insurance rates regulator announced last week he wouldn’t increase rates for homeowners.

    In fact, Brunswick County homeowners can expect their homeowners’ rates to decrease in 2015 despite the state’s insurance commissioner announcement last week that a “zero overall change” would take place for homeowners in the Tar Heel State.

  • Holiday laser shows brighten season at Ingram Planetarium

    Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • Cala-bash for 2015: Seafood Capital to ring in New Year at fourth annual bonfire

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash and the Calabash Community Service Committee will host their fourth annual New Year’s Eve public bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities are once again scheduled in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    A hot complimentary meal of ham with scalloped potatoes, clam chowder, green beans, rolls or cornbread and dessert will be served in addition to hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee, apple cider).

  • Leadership group distributes 100 free turkeys in Southport

     SOUTHPORT — Thanks to a local leadership group, 100 families in and around the Southport area will enjoy a free turkey dinner for the holidays.

    The Brunswick County Black Leadership Caucus held a turkey giveaway Friday, Dec. 19, at the Southport Wal-Mart on North Howe Street.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents Dec. 8-21. All information is taken directly from department reports.


    Dec. 9

    Michael Glenn Fulcher, 53, of 1135 Park Road, Unit 3303, charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.


    Dec. 11

    Breaking and entering, larceny of a television, injury to real property on East Main Street.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of a television, injury to real property on East Main Street.


  • Winnabow man accused of firing pistol, choking woman at school bus stop

     A Winnabow man is accused of assaulting a woman and firing a gun at a school bus stop near Town Creek Elementary School.

    Fifty-four-year-old David Michael Costin was arrested Dec. 15 after he choked the woman and fired a .380 Lorcin pistol near the bus stop, which is considered educational property, warrants show.

    He faces charges of discharging a firearm on educational property, assault by strangulation and assault on a female.

    Costin also is accused of striking a man above his left eye with the pistol.

  • 'Twas the week of Christmas in Brunswick County

    ‘Twas the week of Christmas, and all through Brunswick County, people were wishing for a bountiful bounty.


    Not necessarily in material goods, just peace and so forth, and maybe a little snow, except for those who came here from up North.


    The yuletide trees had sold out at local lots, and folks shopped local stores until they nearly dropped.


    The stores were full, and their shelves were cleaned, of every holiday goody and everything in between.


  • Longwood man sentenced to 35 years in state prison

     BOLIVIA — A Longwood man awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge was sentenced to more than 35 years in state prison in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, Dec. 19.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, also known as Hakeem Muhammad, to between 35 and 48 years in the N.C. Department of Correction following Muhammad’s conviction Friday afternoon.

    A jury deliberated for about two hours before returning six guilty verdicts for various drug violations, including selling and delivering cocaine.

  • Friends run Calabash stained-glass shop after owner's passing

    CALABASH — Wielding a soldering iron and needle-nose pliers, Judy Rodriguez toiled over repairing a broken bowl of stained glass fruit.

    It’s a craft she learned years ago from the best — her late teacher and friend, Pati Lewellyn, longtime owner of Reflections Stained Glass studio and shop, who died last January after an illness.

    Nearly a year after Lewellyn’s passing, Rodriguez is one of three friends who have pitched in to keep the Calabash business going.

  • Former prosecutor charged with forging court document

     A former assistant district attorney representing Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties faces criminal charges.

    Randy Lemay Cartrette, 40, of Whiteville, was arrested Dec. 16 by agents with the State Bureau of Investigation agents, according to an email from SBI spokeswoman Teresa West.

    Cartrette faces charges of misdemeanor common law forgery and misdemeanor obstruction of justice. He is accused of forging a July 8 document to recall an order of arrest for one of his clients. He was incarcerated briefly but released after posting $10,000 bail.