Today's News

  • Escaped inmate, relatives face animal cruelty charges

     A Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility and four of the relatives accused of helping him evade capture each face an animal cruelty charge.

    Twenty-three-year-old William Hewett was captured Feb. 3 after a five-day manhunt. Deputies found him hiding in a camper shell on a parcel on Trails End in Southport near his residence.

    During a search of the area, members of the sheriff’s office Animal Protective Services found several animals in poor health, spokeswoman Emily Flax said following the arrest.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 


     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.

  • Pasta dishes should be simple and use fresh ingredients

    The major difference between pasta as served in Italy and pasta served elsewhere is that for an Italian, pasta is generally a first course, to be followed by a second course of some kind, such as meat, fish, vegetables or even a pizza.

    In other words, pasta is a part of the meal, but not the whole meal.

  • Veterans groups surviving in face of dwindling membership

    Local veterans posts are holding their own in the face of diminishing membership numbers, a district Veterans of Foreign Wars official says.

    Three years ago, VFW Post 9408 in Leland in northern Brunswick County shut down to consolidate with VFW Post 2573 in Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach council retreat Feb. 17 at Sea Trail

    Sunset Beach Town Council members will convene for their annual planning session (retreat) at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    A proposed annual planning session agenda was reviewed by council at its Dec. 11 work session. Town staff is preparing a packet per the proposed agenda and will be providing it to council and public later this week, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 3-9 2015

    The Sunset Beach Police Department made the following arrest and investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Feb. 3

    Justin Oliver Hammond, 31, of 821 Salt Marsh St., Sunset Beach, charged with resisting an officer.

    Feb. 9

    Breaking and entering and larceny of prescription sunglasses from a vehicle on Clubhouse Road.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of man’s and woman’s diamond wedding bands from a vehicle on Osprey Court.

  • Renowned autoharpist Adam Miller 'Singing Through History' Feb. 19 at Hickmans Crossroads Library

    One of the world’s premier autoharpists, Adam Miller, is coming to Brunswick County next week to present a free public performance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Miller, a renowned American folk singer, historian, musicologist and song collector, has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. He accompanies his rich, resonant, baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.

  • Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Show Feb. 21 @ Silver Coast Winery

    Another “whodunit” will permeate Silver Coast Winery on Feb. 21.

    That’s the day the winery and the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club are presenting a 6 p.m. Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

    Tickets, $26.69 per person (includes tax) must be purchased by Feb. 14 by calling the winery at 287-2800, by contacting a member of the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club or calling 512-4202.

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras for Paws on Feb. 17

    Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    For $25 per person, there will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as a door prize for best Mardi Gras costume and a raffle drawing for a $500 Visa card and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

  • Dean Smith transformed basketball, changed lives

    Some people leave imprints in the sand. Dean Smith left his imprints in cement.

    The North Carolina basketball coach, who died Saturday at 83, won two national championships, led the USA to the gold medal, watched 96 percent of his players graduate from college, went to 11 Final Fours, won 13 ACC Tournaments and 879 total games, and chalked up 20-win seasons for 27 straight years.

    He accomplished those things without a shred of scandal.

    He did one more major thing — he changed the game of college basketball.