Today's News

  • Giving up on traditional turfgrass? Plant a meadow garden



     By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


  • Community rallies to fix hurricane-damaged road

    Crumbled asphalt and caution tape comprise a vivid portion of spillway road in the Sunset Lakes community that was severely damaged last October by Hurricane Matthew.

    The damage is so severe, residents whose homes are north of the Medcalf Lake spillway in the Sunset Lakes community haven’t been able to drive across since the storm hit Oct. 8.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 24-26 2017

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Jan. 24

    Breaking and entering on Creekview Drive; two TVs and several pieces of jewelry stolen. Two TVs have been recovered.

    Jan. 26

    Antaun L. Miller, 23, of Forrest Drive, Shallotte, charged with breaking and entering, felony larceny and injury to real property on Creekview Drive.

  • Light the lamp to banish the darkness



    It has been a long, long preparation time for this country, for all of us who live here and call it our homeland. Replete with care and concern, angst and anticipation, it is yet the land we love. It is yet a place where diversity births distinctive unity. It is where we both find our lamps and light them to banish the darkness of hatred, bias, prejudice and evil of all sorts and dimensions.

  • What do sandwiches and the Hawaiian Islands have in common?

     In January 1778, Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. But did you know that he originally named them the “Sandwich Islands,” in honor of the very same person for whom the sandwich that we eat was named, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich? Not until later were the “Sandwich Islands” renamed “Hawaii.”

  • Sunset Beach to consider gazebo contract, cabanas Feb. 6

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider a contract for a reduced-size covered seating area, aka gazebo or picnic shelter, at its upcoming meeting Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their Jan. 9 meeting, council members approved a 20-by-20-foot metal structure with an asphalt roof to be located south of the restrooms in Sunset Beach Town Park. The cost is to be covered by state matching grant funding through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).

  • Carolina Shores seeks volunteers Feb. 2

    The town of Carolina Shores is inviting interested residents and business owners to a volunteer kick-off meeting for 2017, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the town hall boardroom at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The town is interested in engaging with stakeholders to achieve collaboration in the following areas:

    Environmental management — trees, beautification, solid waste/recycling, water quality. Teams that need volunteers are:

    1. Tree resource management — volunteer to be a tree resource manager/inspector

  • Fledging group pursues animal rights legislation

    A newly forming animal-rights group convened in Shallotte last week to address legislative issues it hopes to pursue at the state level.

    Kimberly Sherwood, volunteer coordinator for the fledgling local chapter of Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR), led discussion on puppy mill legislation introduced in Raleigh during the Jan. 23 session at Golden Corral in Shallotte.

  • BAC swimmers win 16 races in annual meet

    Brunswick Aquatic Club swimmers had 16 first-place finishes in its annual Battle at the Beach meet Jan. 27-29 at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    Tyler Bowersox had six first-place finishes and McKenzie White four.

    These are the top-three finishes by BAC Gators:


    Tyler Bowersox, 17: First in 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.49; first in 200 breaststroke, 2:17.67; first in 50 freestyle, 22.68; first in 200 IM, 2:05.32; first in 100 freestyle, 49.71; first in 100 breaststroke, 1:01.05; second in 100 butterfly.


  • Line break prompts boil water advisory

    Brunswick County Public Utilities issued a boil water advisory Monday, Jan. 30, for customers on the N.C. 211 corridor between Midway and Long Beach roads including, but not limited to, the town of St. James, The Regency, Arbor Creek, Abbington Oaks and West Trace.

    The areas experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system because of a main line rupture caused by construction work. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.