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Today's News

  • New non-profit needs help to help residents heat their homes

    A new assistance program to keep Brunswick County residents warm through the winter could use a little help itself.

    Linda and Michael Roth created Warming Brunswick County Homes last fall to provide heat assistance for residents who struggle with their bills in the winter.

    They began the program in November but intend to actively campaign and provide what assistance they can through March.

    “We want to get help to people who need it and can’t or don’t qualify for other programs,” Linda Roth said.

  • A whole new you in about an hour

    We are eight days into the new year and, from experience, I’m guessing that for many enough time has passed that those new year’s resolutions are starting to become a real burden if they haven’t been dumped outright.

    From Thanksgiving through Jan. 2 most people’s schedules get thrown off to the point that a resolution or two seem almost do-able, until we settle back into our normal routines in the first week of the year.

    It turns out it’s tougher than it appears to make those lifestyle changes.

  • Dixie Youth meeting Jan. 13

     Dixie Youth meeting

    Dixie Youth Softball and Baseball will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Shallotte First Baptist Church. Officers for the 2015 season will be elected. For more information, call Brian Walker at  (910) 734-3946.

  • South’s girls win three-team swim meet

       BOLIVIA — The South Brunswick girls’ swim team won a tri-meet Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center pool.

    South scored 112 points, New Hanover 107 and West Brunswick 15.

    South freshman Hannah Scharf won the 50 freestyle (28.21). Senior teammate Lauren Johnson was second.

    Scharf won the 100 backstroke (1:11.44). Senior teammate Brinkley Farmer was second and West senior Katelyn Ludlum was third.

  • Deputies arrest Ash man in break-in, theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a man, who is accused of breaking into and stealing a television from a home in Ash, after using a helicopter to track him down Friday night, Jan. 9.

    Shannon Lee Fowler, 26, of Ash Little River Road in Ash, faces felony charges of breaking and entering and felony after breaking and entering, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Fowler is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s residence and stealing a 46-inch flat-screen Vizio TV on Jan. 3, a warrant shows.

  • New store owner hopes to restore surf culture at Holden Beach

     HOLDEN BEACH — Tony Dillard wants to bring the surf culture back to Holden Beach.

    He thinks just the way to do it is through his not-so-new surf shop at the busiest intersection near Holden Beach.

    Holden Beach Surf and Skate has been an entity near the quaint island for last 20 years as previous owner Don Wheeler built the surf shop into one of the locals’ favorite shopping spots.

    On New Year’s Day, Wheeler turned the reins over to young, enthusiastic 27-year-old Tony Dillard.

    Dillard has big plans for the store.

  • Dedicated surfers ride the wave into 2015

      OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A dedicated group of surfers rode the wave right into 2015.

    Six years ago, a group of surfers decided they’d create a tradition to surf the last waves of the year and ring in the New Year by surfing the first waves of the following year.

    This year was no different, as seven surfers who you can frequently find on Ocean Isle Beach met at the Monroe Street beach access near the OIB Community Center to take part in this year’s surfing event.

  • New district judge sworn in at each of three-county district locations

     BOLIVIA — It’s rare for a public servant to serve the people in three different counties.

    It’s even more rare for that same person to have direct ties to all three counties.

    That’s the case with new District Court Judge, Willie Fred Gore.

    In the last two weeks, Gore has been sworn in as District Court Judge at all three locations in which he serves: Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes now charged with harassing juror

     A former Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy who was recently convicted of sex crimes was arrested again in late December for harassing a juror from an earlier trial.

    Caulder was charged Dec. 28 in New Hanover County with juror harassment, jail records show.

    Caulder is accused of harassing a 34-year-old female juror from Leland on Christmas Eve in Wilmington. Caulder allegedly located one of the jurors in his October jury appeals trial at her workplace and harassed her about his conviction, warrants show.

  • Ash man faces sex crimes with children charges

     An Ash man faces charges of sex crimes with children after his arrest on New Year’s Day.

    Investigators charged 59-year-old Harry Linwood Floyd of Newman Smith Road with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense with a child, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Floyd engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 13, warrants show.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $250,000 bail.