Today's News

  • Cinco de Mayo is celebrated worldwide in many different ways

    Cinco de Mayo is probably one of the most-recognized celebrations in the United States. It’s comparable to the Chinese celebration of Chinese New Year and St. Patrick’s Day for us Irish folks.

  • Planets from dusk to dawn are visible throughout the month of May

    Five visible planets are viewable at different times from early evening to early morning this month. In the early evening, three of the five naked eye planets are ready for your viewing pleasure. Two more naked eye planets appear in the wee hours of the morning.
    Naked eye, if you are unfamiliar with the term, means you do not need any magnifying aids to see the planet. Here is the where and when of the visibility of the planets in the month of May.

  • Local woman to appear on Wheel of Fortune

    Necole Daniels, a pharmacy technician from Shallotte, will appear on the May 13 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”

    Daniels tried out for the show at a “Wheelmobile” event in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    “I’ve always watched ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ since I was able to watch TV,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed playing along. It was my dream to go on there.

    “Once I got there, it was all that I thought it would be and more, and I would definitely go back. It was the experience of a lifetime.

  • Shallotte ‘Summerfest’ to begin Memorial Day weekend

    The Downtown Shallotte committee’s annual outdoor concert/music series at Rourk Gardens on Main Street is scheduled to begin May 30 with a Memorial Day service and concert.

    The committee has dubbed this year’s event Summerfest and has added an evening art festival to the line-up featuring works from local and regional artists.

  • No Port Southport protests recon draft, receives grant for environmental study

    SOUTHPORT—Members of No Port Southport are continuing to make their voices heard about their objections to the N.C. International Terminal project planned for the Southport area.

    This time, members have lodged a complaint with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about its draft analysis report, part of the ongoing reconnaissance study for the terminal.

    No Port member Mike Rice requested the draft report using N.C. public records laws. He and other No Port members believe it did not address the issues it was designed to address.

  • Oak Island woman killed by drunk driver

    An Oak Island woman and mother of three was killed Friday night when her car was struck head-on by a drunk driver.

    Satu Harris, 38, of Oak Island, died Friday, May 7, when her car was hit head-on by a truck driven by Daniel Harrison Brennick, according to a N.C. State Highway Patrol report.

    Brennick, 22, of Southport, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck north on N.C. 133 about 3.5 miles north of Southport around 11:29 p.m. May 7.

  • Local builders find ways to adapt to down market

    SOUTHPORT—With metal roofs, hardiplank siding, hardwood floors and ceramic tile kitchen counters, the new cottages at the Turtlewood subdivision in Southport don’t seem much different from the homes Whitney Blair Custom Homes usually builds in high-end developments.

    But the process was different for the Sunset Beach-based company—the cottages contain less than 2,000 square feet and are priced less than $300,000.

  • Post-election reflections from the political sidelines

     The greatest days of the year for a political reporter have to be the days following an election.

    The races are called (for the most part), the campaign staffs have eased up on their 3 a.m. press e-mails (fastest way to annoy a reporter with a BlackBerry) and the candidates’ signs you can’t drive 5 feet without seeing seemingly disappear overnight.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Stolen purse on Holden Beach Road; suspect stole victim’s purse from the side of the road.

    •Property damage and larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte; suspect cut victim’s gas line and stole a gas tank.

    •Larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte; suspect stole jewelry from victim’s jewelry box.