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Today's News

  • County parks survey on tobacco use under way

    Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey, surveymonkey.com/r/TobaccoUseinBCParks, to gauge the public’s opinion on the use of tobacco products in parks.

    All responses are anonymous. The survey results are intended to help park officials decide what, if any, regulations need to be put in place.

    The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15.

  • Coffee with Sunset Beach police chief May 11

    Enjoy coffee with Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the conference room at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    This new program provides residents an opportunity to personally meet with their police chief in a friendly and casual setting. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss matters of interest, learn more about their police department, offer tips and share information directly with Joyner.

  • NRC open house for Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment May 10

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house for Tuesday, May 10, to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Brunswick nuclear plant during 2015.

    The plant, operated by Duke Energy, is near Southport.

    The open house, which will include informational posters, is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Duke Media Center, 8520 River Road SE in Southport.

  • West golf team fails to qualify for state

    The West Brunswick boys’ golf team fell eight strokes short of qualifying for the state tournament next week at Whispering Pines Country Club.

    In the NCHSAA 3A Regional Monday at Reedy Creek Golf Course, the Trojans shot a 340 and finished tied for fifth among 11 teams.

    The top three finishers from the regional qualified for state: C.B. Aycock, Corinth Holders and West Craven. Each team shot a 332.

    No one from West qualified individually. Tucker Vaughan shot an 80 and tied for 11th. He missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

  • Shallotte man faces firearm, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Shallotte man accused of stealing a firearm and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

    Andrew Joshua Combs, 28, of Tavia Lane SW, was arrested Friday, April 29, and charged with larceny of a firearm, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants show.

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Trojans beat Ashley, lose to Topsail in MEC tourney

    West Brunswick beat Ashley 14-4 in six innings Monday in a first-round game of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship softball tournament at West.

    The Trojans scored nine runs in the fourth inning en route to the victory.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Gulf Stream action heating up

    The first week of May can be a magical time for fishermen of Brunswick County. As history tells it, May is typically the transition month for almost all targeted species of game fish along the southeastern section of North Carolina. Mahi mahi have begun their annual late spring run up the edge of the coast, the king mackerel have started feeding in the 30-mile range and, thankfully, a few Spanish mackerel have been found along the beachfront. 

  • Flounder are biting in many areas

    The average water temperature in our area is holding in the lower 70s and that has triggered a good flounder bite. Shallow areas like Tubbs Inlet and Dunn Sound, S.C., and Hogg Inlet S.C., have all produced numbers of small flounder the last few weeks. As the water temperature has continued rise and is holding around 70 degrees even in our surf zones, deeper areas have started to show signs of life. Places like the Little River (S.C.) jetties, Shallotte Inlet and Lockwood Folly have all seen more flounder this week with solid keepers in the mix.