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Today's News

  • In cold weather, anglers can target redfish

    The weather has been harsh on area fishermen, but that hasn’t stopped some anglers from getting out and catching a few winter redfish anyway.

    Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports redfish have been biting well in the shallows despite bad conditions.

    “I fished (last week) and it was absolutely brutal, cold and windy,” Dickson said. “We only were out there about an hour but caught four small redfish 16-18 inches.”

  • New owners spell new hope for Carolina National

    In the last few years, unhappy changes have occurred in golf courses in Brunswick County and the upper Grand Strand. Some courses have closed; others are in obvious financial straights with weed-filled courses and empty parking lots.

    To add to the angst, several restaurants at golf facilities have closed or operate with limited hours.

  • Point--Decision was good

    Last week, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen made an appropriate decision to cut short their hiring process and award the position to interim town administrator, Albert Hughes.

    They recognized they had a unique opportunity in promoting Hughes to the position—an opportunity not always available to elected officials who serve in the hiring role for the town’s top paid position.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 3

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Ashantia L. Ballard, first-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Snow falls in Brunswick

    The most significant snowfall along the coast in 11 years occurred Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

    The NWS is reporting as much as 5 inches of snow in parts of Brunswick County Saturday morning.

    According to NWS reports, spotters reported 5 inches in Oak Island and Southport, 4.5 inches in Boiling Spring Lakes, 4 inches in Leland and 3 inches in Shallotte

    Local children were taking advantage of the accumulation to build snowmen, have snowball fights and make angels.

  • Bonds form over small things, but they can last a lifetime

    Last week, I begrudgingly said a final goodbye to a friend from my younger days who knew how to make me smile no matter what was going on in my life.

    I’d known Konji Harrison since we started sixth grade at South Brunswick Middle School, where I became used to seeing his infectious grin every day. I marveled at the number of friends he made on a regular basis—black, white, male, female, it didn’t matter.

  • Re-enactments and panel discussion highlight 145th anniversary of fight for Fort Anderson and Town Creek

    STAFF REPORT

    WINNABOW—Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Fort Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Fort Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.

  • Sadie needs new home

    Sadie (ID No. A021391) is a yellow Lab/hound mix found running loose at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach the first week in January. She was wearing a red collar and had fleas. A resident took her home and cared for her but has been unable to find Sadie’s owner. The resident also was unable to keep Sadie and last week took her to Brunswick County Animal Control. Sadie weighs 41 pounds and is about a year old. She is described as well-behaved and housebroken, patient with children and plays well with other dogs and cats. Her rescuers would like to help Sadie get adopted.

  • New dog park open in Shallotte

    The new Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Dog Park at Shallotte Park is now open to the public and pets, according to Melinda Johnson, marketing and community events coordinator.

    This project is the first of its kind in Brunswick County and is the result of collaboration between Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and a local organization named BARK.

    BARK, which stands for Brunswick Area Responsible K-9 owners, was formed by dog lovers in Brunswick County who set out to do positive work for dog owners in the community.

  • Waccamaw Conference basketball tourney schedule

    The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team will open the Waccamaw Conference championship tournament at 6 p.m. Monday at home against Whiteville.