Today's News

  • County drug overdose rates eclipse state average

     BOLIVIA — Unintentional medical and drug overdose death rates in Brunswick County almost doubled the statewide average in 2014. 

    The Brunswick Coalition, which has been established to combat drug abuse and misuse in the county. discussed the alarming statistics and ways to address them during a meeting Monday, Sept. 24, at the government complex in Bolivia.

  • Marshall shares powerful message at women’s luncheon

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Elaine Marshall took stumbling blocks and turned them into stepping stones on her way to becoming one of North Carolina’s most influential political leaders.

    Marshall, North Carolina’s secretary of state, shared that message with more than 70 people who attended Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 22, inside The View at Brick Landing in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Candidate objects to Sunset at Sunset town booth policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council candidate Mark Benton waited his turn Tuesday to speak about an upcoming community event where he will not be allowed to campaign but council incumbents will be able to meet with the public at a town table.

    Benton, speaking during public comment at the end of town council’s monthly Sept. 22 workshop, said two years ago, the town attorney recommended against the latter at the annual Sunset at Sunset celebration, scheduled Oct. 3 this year in the Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Flying high: Demilitarized Cobra copter visits Oak Island

    OAK ISLAND — Brandon Hoops traveled down from Virginia just to take a ride on a Cobra.

    This past Friday, the Bluefield, Va., resident paid more than the requested $300 donation to take a brief flight on the restored, demilitarized Vietnam-era AH-1F craft that is paying Oak Island a visit through Nov. 6.

    Jessica Ward, owner of High Tide Helicopters where the Cobra is based during its Brunswick County visit, said it’s a rare opportunity to take a unique flight.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Sept. 15-17

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

    Sept. 15

    Amanda Suelkn Powell, 29, of 1141 Indigo Circle, charged with driving while impaired and drug violations.

    Michelle Linda Ragonese, 50, of 10185 Beach Drive, Calabash, charged with resist, delay and obstruct.

    Sept. 17

  • ONDBEAT: Weekly coloring sessions soothe adult souls

    They’ve been showing up in droves, maxing out space at Hickmans Crossroads Library and lingering substantially longer than the official hour-long session.

    Coloring books and Crayolas aren’t just for kids anymore, as the library’s weekly adult coloring series has shown.

    Since launching Aug. 25 at the library on Calabash Road near Hickmans Crossroads, the Tuesday morning gatherings are attracting an array of non-children of assorted ages who love to color.

  • What to do when life is rough

    Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to recognize the driver who ran me off U.S. 17 while I was on my way to work last Thursday.

  • BFA expansion meets and reflects need

    Brunswick Family Assistance has been providing emergency assistance to those in crisis who are willing to help themselves since 1981 when it started as the private, nonprofit Volunteer Information Center. It offers this assistance, along with complementary programs designed to help people become self-sufficient, to qualified low-income families and individuals as a result of donated money, food, clothing and countless hours from volunteers totaling more than $950,000 in 2014.

  • Cedar Grove natives reap honors at first awards banquet

    SUPPLY — It was recognition long overdue, bestowed on four prominent movers and shakers who grew up in the Cedar Grove community.

    It came this past Saturday night, Sept. 19, at the Cedar Grove Improvement Association’s first awards banquet.

    The event served a dual purpose, as it was also a fundraiser for the event’s venue, the Cedar Grove Community Center at 1529 Turkey Trap Road.

  • World War II POW recognized at annual ceremony

    CALABASH — Pat Patterson, 95 years young, still gets around and is still driving.

    The only World War II ex-Prisoner of War still actively involved at Calabash VFW Post 7288 was recognized at the Post’s annual observation of National POW/MIA Recognition Day last Friday, Sept. 18.

    Patterson, who uses a walker these days to aid him in his mobility, has been a member of the Post for decades and is lauded by fellow members and veterans.