Today's News

  • Virginia teen dies two weeks after surfing injury at BHI

     A teen from Virginia died Sept. 13 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington two weeks after he was injured during a surfing accident in Bald Head Island.

    Sixteen-year-old Tyler Wentz, of Henrico County, was body surfing while on vacation with his friend’s family when he was injured Aug. 27, according to a memorial web page established for Wentz.

    According to a post from family friend Natalie Reddell, Wentz spent more than two weeks in the hospital with injuries to his lungs and liver before succumbing to them Sept. 13.

  • Hope Harbor Home seeks to “ride domestic violence out of town” with rally

     Hope Harbor Home advocate Karmen Smith hopes a rally to promote domestic violence awareness will impact someone who doesn’t attend the event.

    On Saturday, Sept. 26, Smith and other Hope Harbor representatives will host the fourth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally at Jones Ford, located off U.S. 17 on the north end of Shallotte.

    The rally kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration and “kickstands will go down” at 11 a.m., Smith said.

  • Sex trafficking awareness advocate bikes through Shallotte on national trek

     SHALLOTTE — Young girls and boys are used and abused, raped and sometimes left for dead in one of the world’s largest criminal industries.

    That’s how Colorado resident Daniel Lemke describes victims of human and sex trafficking.

    His passion and singular goal of eradicating human trafficking across the globe led him to Shallotte last week as the bearded 22-year-old traveled through Brunswick County during the sixth month of his human trafficking awareness tour across the United States.

  • Ocean Isle Beach airport repair delayed until October

    Ocean Isle Beach has ha to delay plans to close the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport for a drainage pipe repair.

    The town posted a notice in early September that it intended to replace the drainage pipe that runs under the runway at the airport, which would require closing the airport from Sept. 21-Oct. 11.

    Ocean Isle Beach Town Administrator Daisy Ivey, said in the notice the town is working with the North Carolina Division of Aviation (NCDOA) to secure funding for the project and have received final approval.

  • Hurry up and wait for great fall fishing

    Fall fishing took a hard U-turn on Brunswick County last week. The fantastic Spanish mackerel fishing has slowed, the sharks have been picky on what they’ve been wanting to eat and king mackerel fishing could be compared to watching paint dry. This week has been tough to say the least but it is only a matter of time before the fishing flame rekindles and fall fishing truly begins for Brunswick County.

  • The fine art of golf club fitting: C.J. Ebel

    Recently, I’ve heard about club fitting from several friends. Some have bought a custom-fitted new set; others have taken their old clubs to a club fitter and had them retro-fitted to their swing and body type. One gal swore that her game improved fantastically after getting her old clubs custom-fitted.

  • It is time to go fishing

    The weather and fishing is changing rapidly now. Large schools of baitfish have moved into our area and some large predator fish are following them. Everything is migrating south or to deeper water for the winter. Flounder, black drum and redfish are all starting to feed more aggressively with each passing day as the water starts to cool. It is time to go fishing.

  • McCumbee regains points lead with one race left

    Staff Report

    Spencer Pumpelly held off charging Stevan McAleer on the final lap by 0.394 seconds to join Luis Rodriguez Jr. in scoring their fourth Street Tuner victory of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

    The second-place finish enabled McAleer and Chad McCumbee to unofficially take a one-point lead in the standings over Andrew Carbonell, 241-240.

  • Trojans defeat North Brunswick 34-7

    LELAND — West Brunswick beat North Brunswick 34-7 in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 18, at North.

    Quarterback Hunter Ashburn threw two touchdown passes to Da’Quane Burgess — the second as time expired at the end of the first half.

    “It was a heck of a catch,” West coach Kelly Williamson said. “And he’s a player. To beat teams, you got to make plays. You got to be a playmaker. And we had some tonight.”

    Shikeem Hill scored three touchdowns. He and Anthony McCray each gained at least 100 yards.

  • Fire destroys Navassa home, two firefighters injured

     A fire destroyed a single-family home Wednesday night in Navassa, according to a news release issued by county fire marshal Scott Garner.

    Crews arrived at a structure fire at 10:16 p.m. at 116 North Navassa Road, five minutes after the fire was called into the county 911 center, according to the release.

    “When crews arrived they found a large single family residence engulfed in flames,” according to the release.

    The home is considered a total loss, Garner wrote in the release.