Today's News

  • Spring brings severe allergies

    While spring has been slow to start here in Brunswick County, as it has been elsewhere in the state and country, the telltale sign of its arrival has been proclaimed not just by the yellowish-green haze on vehicles, but also by the sniffles of allergy sufferers.

    Allergy experts told Time magazine the record-setting snowfall in some regions and the lingering below-freezing temperatures could mean a late flowering for trees. A quick look anywhere in our community shows this to be the case.

  • Understanding the story behind the story

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Sea Trail Property Owners Association in Sunset Beach. I’ve got to apologize to them, though, for not being a better public speaker (I think I successfully demonstrated why I’m much better at addressing readers from behind a keyboard).

  • Calls up at newly built Calabash fire station

    CALABASH — Just in the nick of time, the Calabash Fire Department has a new, larger station to accommodate a matching increase in calls.

    Department spokeswoman Honey Shore said the figures as of Monday, March 31, speak for themselves.

    From November 2012 to March 2013, the department had 619 calls. From November 2013 to March 30 of this year, it had 742 calls — an increase of nearly 20 percent.

  • Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium

     Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium


    Bunnies may be hopping down the trail soon, but alligators are on a roll at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The aquarium’s annual Alligator Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12, 18 and 19 will offer children a chance to learn, create and play this spring. 

  • 'Cause he's the Cos: Bill Cosby gets ready to bring down the house at BCC

     IF YOU GO

    What: Bill Cosby

    When: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $67 to $77, plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416


    As Bill Cosby gets ready to do back-to-back shows at Brunswick Community College this coming Sunday, a little advance preparation by the audience may help with what to expect.

  • Sunset Beach Police Report

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


    March 17

    Financial transaction card fraud, Food Lion, Sunset Beach.


    March 23

    Charles Doyd Melvin III, 34, of 288 Cable Lake Circle, Carolina Shores, charged with DWI and simple possession of marijuana.


    March 24

    Lance Allen Boone, 42, of 2034 Waterloo St., Ocean Isle Beach, charged with failure to appear.


  • New Carolina Shores town administrator on the job

    CAROLINA SHORES — New Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall started his first official day with the town Tuesday, April 1, with the usual get-acquainted routine.

    His first order of business was a 9 a.m. meeting with town staff at town hall.

    Mendenhall, 30, was hired by the town board of commissioners in February. He replaces former town administrator Mike Hargett, who resigned in November to become Brunswick County’s new planning and community development director.

  • House fires leave two families homeless

    Two house fires in two days have left two Brunswick County families homeless.

    The first fire broke out inside an occupied mobile home Sunday afternoon, March 30, at 7084 Old Georgetown Road.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the fire was reported at 4:11 p.m. at the single-wide home across the street from a Brunswick County EMS station.

    People inside the home were able to escape, but two puppies died. A third puppy was saved by rescue workers who administered oxygen.

  • Changes under way at Calabash Volunteer EMS

    CALABASH — Change is afoot at Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services.

    One of the changes for the 31-year-old department occurred last October when EMT-1 Mark Powers was appointed chief, replacing Nick Todd who served as chief for a few months, department spokeswoman Amanda King said.

    There are other changes, as well.

    Precept is a newly implemented program for new members-in-training.

  • Bridge replacement near Leland results in road closure

    A bridge replacement project on N.C. 87 near Leland is scheduled to begin Monday, April 7, weather permitting.

    The project to replace the Hood Creek Bridge means N.C. 87 will be closing two miles north of Colon Mintz Road. Motorists can detour the closure by taking U.S. 17 to U.S. 74/76 back to N.C. 87 and vice versa.The North Carolina Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution while traveling in the area and expect delays.