Today's News

  • Fish flurries are in the forecast
  • Mighty Marlin McMullan stars on local swim team

     Blakely McMullan, a 6-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach, recently secured first-place finishes at the Wilmington Swim League Championships at Cape Fear Country Club.

    McMullan was a team member of the Southport/Oak Island Marlins swim team this summer. The season began in May and concluded at the championships, which were held the last week of July. The Wilmington Swim League is comprised of 13 teams, including the Marlins and 12 teams from the Wilmington area.

  • Unstable weather leads to unpredictable fishing

    Not much has changed with fishing here in Brunswick County. Last week our region did experience a push of cooler weather that ignited a short-lived beachfront king mackerel bite. Other than that run, it has been all about the summertime heat. For some, these hot, humid conditions might mean good days to lay on the beach and tan, but for fishermen, it means tough fishing.

  • Trojan football embarks on post-Bubba era

     Anthony “Bubba” McCray recently competed in the 2017 East-West All-Star Game. During that game, he took a handoff around the left side and scampered for 37 yards, the longest carry of the contest for his East squad.

    Football fans in Shallotte are going to miss the sight of McCray blazing past defenders, his dreadlocks flopping in the wind on the way to a 60-yard touchdown run.

    You see, West Brunswick High School football is back, but McCray is gone.

  • High school squads prepare for annual Jamboree

     WILMINGTON - Three county high school football teams have waited an entire offseason for this night.

    The 31st Annual BB&T Football Jamboree kicks off the 2017 high school football season Friday night at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    West Brunswick squares off against New Hanover in the first scrimmage contest of the evening, while county foes North Brunswick and South Brunswick meet in the third tilt.

    Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the first scrimmage begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • County squads prepare for 2017 football campaign

     West Brunswick High School is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the last 20 years of the football program.

    The Trojans, who enter their third season under the leadership of head coach Kelly Williamson, finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-4 record. They advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs before dropping a tight contest against Jacksonville.

  • Wilmington man charged in Sunset Beach drug death

    A Wilmington man has been charged in the death of a man who died of a drug overdose last year in Sunset Beach.

    Hunter McRae Morgan, 36, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 8, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and selling or delivering a counterfeit substance.

  • School board OKs balanced budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a balanced 2017-2018 school year budget during its Tuesday afternoon work session.
    Board members Charlie Miller and John Thompson were absent from the meeting.

  • Lifelong gardener cultivates tower of butterbeans

    SUPPLY — Levi Grissett still doesn’t care much to eat his vegetables, but he sure loves to grow them.

    The Brunswick County native’s latest summer crop consists of a tall row of heirloom butterbeans towering over his backyard garden at his home on Empire Road, he estimates between 18 to 20 feet high.

    “The fantastic thing about those beans is they’ve been in my deep freeze for 10 years — I’ve had ‘em since ‘07,” the retired trucker said as he stood on his own expansive family heirloom property.

  • Sunset Beach says yes to Sunday brunch bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has given unanimous approval to the state-enabled “brunch bill,” which allows a town to choose whether to allow sales of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. instead of noon Sundays.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato was an involuntary part of the unanimous vote count after he tried to recuse himself from voting on the issue at council’s monthly meeting Monday night, stating while he has ownership in a local restaurant it is not directly affected by the measure.