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Today's News

  • Tourism on the up in the county

     

    BRUNSWICK COUNTY—By all accounts the steady lines of traffic visiting the county’s beach towns are an increase over the past two years.

    With the economy struggling to recover, predicting the tourism season in Brunswick County at the start of 2011 was a bit difficult but it is well under way and business is booming.

  • BCC could become a satellite campus of CFCC if proposal is accepted by the General Assembly

    SUPPLY—She may have only been on the job a week, but Dr. Susanne Adams knew she had to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh last week.

    “I hadn’t been on campus long, but I felt Brunswick needed to be represented there,” Adams said.

    On Wednesday, July 13, Adams joined approximately 40 other community college presidents and trustees in Raleigh to speak and hear discussion related to a recent study that outlines the advantages of merging or consolidating community colleges.

  • My bump in the road

    Last week I had the fortune of meeting and talking with members of Cowboy Chrome, a country band based out of Ocean Isle Beach. Their story so moved and inspired me and struck closer to home than I ever would have preferred.

    Cowboy Chrome wrote a song for Nick Patrick, a 15-year-old battling a rare form of brain cancer. The song called “Bump in the Road” chronicles the thoughts of his mother, sister and himself.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

  • Sheriff’s office memorializes K-9 killed in the line of duty

    On Saturday, July 16, deputy Jared Zeller lost his partner.

    He lost his best friend. He lost a family member.

    So did the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Zeller, a sheriff’s office K-9 handler, lost his K-9 Viper after Viper was exposed to toxins in cocaine while performing a search in a cornfield in Ash.

  • Comedian Rickey Smiley bringing routine back to Brunswick County

    He’s renowned for his radio comedy, particularly his knack for dialing up prank phone calls that have brought him laughs and fame.

    This Saturday night, stand-up comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley will be bringing his trademark humor back to Brunswick County. Smiley, a pianist, is also bringing a live band for the return performance at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Will he be making any prank phone calls in Brunswick County?

  • Former N.C. reporter to sign new Wright Brothers book in Sunset Beach

    Julia Hedgepeth Williams, a former reporter for the Sampson Independent, will be at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach from 2-4 p.m. this Thursday, July 21, signing copies of her new book, “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.”

    Williams, who is a regular vacationer along with her family at Ocean Isle Beach, now teaches journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Items stolen from unlocked cars in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police investigated three separate incidents of items stolen from unlocked cars on the Sunset Beach island.

    Two breaking-and-entering and larceny incidents, both reported July 11, involved vehicles parked on 35th Street and Second Street.

    In the 35th Street incident, someone during the night went into an unlocked vehicle and removed a global positioning system (GPS) and MP3 player. In the Second Street report, someone removed a GPS, iPod, Canon camera, cell phone and iPod chargers and $900 in cash from a vehicle.

  • Work sessions questioned at Sunset Beach work session

    SUNSET BEACH—With a list of agenda items before them, Sunset Beach Councilwoman Carol Scott wonders why town business is now being discussed at town council’s new monthly work sessions.

    “I don’t understand why these work sessions are now taking the place of council meetings,” she said, speaking at council’s second work session Tuesday morning.

  • Mayors opt out of re-election bids in Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    The most notable names for upcoming municipal elections are those who didn’t file.

    That includes all three mayors in Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

    When the two-week filing period for the November elections ended last Friday, the names of Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby and Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein were noticeably absent.

    In Calabash, the only person filing for the mayoral race is Calabash town commissioner Mary Knight.