Today's News

  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.

  • Carolina Shores expected to oppose sales tax change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to approve a resolution Thursday opposing another sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said while Senate Bill 369 proposing sales tax redistribution was withdrawn, the measure has re-emerged in the state budget.

  • Boat totes: Fort Fisher, Bald Head ferries promise memorable day trips

    SOUTHPORT — Adventurers interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, departing regularly throughout the day to cross the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.


    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Band of the Week: Tim Clark Band slated to wow Sunset Beach on Aug. 12

    Since its inception, The Tim Clark Band has been wowing audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street. (For more details, go to www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com.)

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 29-Aug. 2 2015

     Sunset Beach Police Department


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


    July 29


    Larceny of North Carolina tag and cell phone, Chandlers Lane.

    Larceny of North Carolina tag, Chandlers Lane.


    July 31

    Thomas Eugene Bush Jr., 52, of 279 25th St., Hickory, charged with injury to personal property.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases July 20 during a grand jury session:

    Courtney Beckford, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, July 20

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutors Courtney Sanford and Jacob Ward and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Holland-King engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Caroline Cooper Holland and Taylor Jaye King, both of Raleigh. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Milinda Holland of Ocean Isle Beach and Susie Holland of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Russell King of Mills River and Dianne King of Flat Rock. A Jan. 30, 2016, wedding is planned at The Chapel at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh.

  • Smith graduates from Army Reserve officer’s training

     Samantha A. Smith, a student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Ky. She is the daughter of Laurie A. and stepdaughter of William D. Britt, and granddaughter of Thomas P. Smith, all of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Enter the coming together of two worlds

     I read an interesting article by Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia. The piece expanded on the confluence of two worlds: the world of Christianity, specifically the spirituality of St. Ignatius, and that of Islam. As Denari noted, “It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too.”For that matter, it is a special time for all of us.