Today's News

  • Law change could aid Brunswick development

    A change to economic development funding Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law July 30 could offer Brunswick County another incentive for drawing industry.

  • Holden Beach playground construction a gift residents made happen

    HOLDEN BEACH — A jungle gym and swing set are in place along the Intracoastal Waterway, just across the street from the Holden Beach town hall.

    They are the first signs that the playground in the newly named Bridgeview Park is under construction.

    The idea for a playground grew out of the thought that Holden Beach residents would be willing to donate a little money for a swing set and jungle gym to give kids a place to play.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 25

    Breaking and entering and larceny from an unsecured motor vehicle parked on Annaby Cove and taking items.

    July 27

    Assault on a female, indecent exposure and driving while impaired by a man who exposed himself to the victim on Village Road.

    July 28

    Fraud by someone opening a Paypal account using the victim’s information.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 28

    Ray Paul Blankenship, 28, 7128 Town Center Road, Apt. 302, Sunset Beach, arrested on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Larceny from Lowe’s Home Improvement on Whiteville Road.

    Larceny from Home Depot on Shallotte Crossing Parkway.

    July 29

  • Jaded Mayberry plays Holden Beach on Aug. 10


    What: Jaded Mayberry

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

    Where: End of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    How much: Free

    The origin of Jaded Mayberry is “kind of a long story,” says Will Hickman, leader and lead singer of the popular local band whose repertoire covers everything from AC/DC to Zac Brown.

    It dates back to the days when he and lead electric guitarist Seth Gearhart were roommates and played together in a praise band in Shallotte.

  • Brunswick icon 'Big Nell' Harrelson dies at 72

    By Laura Lewis and Sam Hickman

    Staff Writers

    She was a Brunswick County icon, the first and only woman to ever run for sheriff.

    She’s also the namesake of a popular local eatery and was renowned for her love of people, especially elderly ones and children.

    On Monday, Aug. 4, Brunswick County lost “Big Nell” Harrelson, who died at 72 following an illness.

  • Options, contract weighed for Sunset Beach twin lakes

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach leaders will discuss options with “stakeholders” as well as limits with a contractor regarding maintenance of the twin lakes on Sunset Boulevard West.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said is the consensus gleaned following much discussion about the future of the privately owned lakes at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, Aug. 4.

    A number of residents spoke, including ones living around the lakes urging council to accept an offer to have the lakes deeded to the town from the Ed Gore Trust.

  • Courthouse Concert Series reigns for another season

    It launched six years ago to bring a little music and harmony to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police reports.


    July 28

    Larceny of a kayak on 40th Street.

    Missing person located on Main Street.


    July 31

    Larceny reported on 34th Street.

    Floyd Griswold Berry III, 50, of 542 Dogwood Drive, Sunset Beach, charged with DWI, open container, resisting a public officer and assault with a deadly weapon on a public official.


  • Sunset Beach environmental activist Sue Weddle wins Pelican Award

    SUNSET BEACH — Sue Weddle remembers the day she became an environmentalist.

    She and Owen, her husband for the past 39 years, had just taken possession of their freshly built house overlooking scenic Blane Creek on the Sunset Beach island back in May 1989.

    “There was a spring rain, and I walked out on the deck and look at this beautiful marsh,” Weddle recalled. “And I thought, ‘I am the luckiest person in the world.’”

    Moments later, her gaze shifted farther up the creek.