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Today's News

  • Columnists offer expertise this journalist can’t

    Journalists have been known to describe themselves as knowing a little bit about a lot of things while being experts at nothing.

    I’ve accumulated filing cabinets full of story clippings from the course of my career since my time in J-School at UNC-Chapel Hill, but I’m still no closer to being an ace on any topic other than my own life and experiences. I’m not sure it qualifies me to offer meaningful advice to many people through my weekly columns.

  • Library move suits growth, reflects changing functions

    Last month, members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to transform the South Brunswick Island Center into the new Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    The county will take possession of the SBIC (not to be confused with the South Brunswick Interchurch Council) from Brunswick Community College in January, having agreed May 1 to buy it from the college for $1.7 million. The price reflects its listed tax value for 2015, but County Manager Ann Hardy said a much more recent rough estimate for the current value is about $1.2 million.

  • Waterfront Market changeover questioned in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Management of the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market changed hands last year unbeknownst to the head of the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association.

    Merchants association president Darren Bouley said this week he was unaware when market manager Chris Wilson and her partners formed Waterfront Markets LLC and applied for permits, first to have a holiday market last December, then for the subsequent spring market in April and seasonal market this summer in Sunset Beach Town Park.

  • Brunswick movie-maker Nick Westfall’s ‘Finding Home’ debuts on Amazon Prime

    “Finding Home,” a movie produced and directed by former Brunswick County elementary school physical education teacher Nick Westfall, has reached a milestone.

    The locally produced movie about a man trying to reinvent himself and find a home for a young boy can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

    It was released in 2015 by Dock Street Productions in Wilmington, funded through an online effort to raise donations from backers and pledgers to help bring the project to life.

  • Dance to live music at BFA fundraiser Aug. 5

    An evening of dancing to live music will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Sea & Sand Band of Sea Trail in Sunset Beach will provide music at the fundraiser featuring a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drink and water. Pretzels, chips and drinks will also be available to buy.

    Dress is “resort casual.”

  • Meet the Author: Bill Thompson

    Join Hickmans Crossroads Library for its next Meet the Author talk and book-signing featuring Bill Thompson and his latest book, “Chasing Jubal,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1040 Calabash Road.

    On the flimsy premise of joining his brother to fight beside him in a war he knows nothing about, book protagonist Jubal Early Simpson takes a journey that challenges and changes his concept of who he is.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 25-26 2017

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

    July 25

    Someone stole a victim’s credit card, cash and a blower from Bartlett Lane, then took the credit card to a local business and used it to buy several items. Warrants have been issued for the thief, who was caught on camera and identified by victim.

    July 26

    Bike reported stolen from under a house at West Main Street.

  • Volunteers needed for Relay For Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Brunswick County to help plan and organize the 2018 event.

    Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Volunteer support is crucial to the event and will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

  • Missing teen found

    A missing 16-year-old has been found and is back home.

    Sunset Beach police reported Monday afternoon Kamron Michael Normansell has been safely located.

    Normansell had been missing from a residence on Twisted Oak Lane in Sunset Beach since July 29.

    Normansell’s grandfather said he spoke with his grandson about 3 p.m. Saturday and hadn’t seen or heard from him since.

  • Man dies after falling off ladder at construction site

    A man died after falling off a ladder in Oak Island on Thursday morning.

    The man, whose identity has not been released, was working on a gutter at a home in the 800 block of Ocean Drive when he fell 30 to 40 feet from the top of the ladder at 8:20 a.m., Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

    Five people, including a coworker, called 911.

    Anselmo said he drove the ambulance that took the man to an Airlink landing site at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, where the man was pronounced dead.