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Today's News

  • Brunswick County native utilizes King Henry’s lost lumber

    WILMINGTON–One business has turned lumber lost in the Cape Fear River more than 200 years ago into a viable resource.

    Seventeen years ago, Brunswick County native Mark Bryant took his first job in the flooring industry. Little did he know he would later carve a pathway in the industry as a small business owner utilizing a long forgotten resource found at the bottom of a river near where he grew up.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    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.

    •Rameisha Washington, 20, was charged with shoplifting from Belk. The suspect was stopped at the door of Belk’s with $172.97 worth of merchandise concealed in her purse. She was stopped by Belk’s loss-prevention members. Washington was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

  • Smith Avenue extension extended again

    The Smith Avenue extension project has been extended again—this time with a projected completion date in spring 2011.

    The project, which began in September 2009, was slated for completion by early November 2010. In late October the completion projection date was bumped until Dec. 31, 2010, but those close to the project said they didn’t anticipate completion until early 2011.

    Now it’s 2011, and the question is when will drivers in Shallotte stop having to navigate the orange traffic barrels?

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle wreck New Year's Day

    ASH—An Ash man was killed New Year's Day in a single-vehicle wreck on Kingtown Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. R.E. King, Michael Douglas Inman, 23, of 4951 Deer Haven Lane in Ash, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck around 2:14 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

    King said Inman was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck west on Kingtown Road, when he crossed the center line and ran into a ditch on the left side of the road, where Inman’s truck came to rest.

  • Lady Dolphins finish 1-1 in home tourney

     The host Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team put on a defensive and offensive show Dec. 29 and easily handled Baltimore Community College 77-29 in the Southport Hampton Inn Holiday Classic.

    Although the Lady Dolphins had only one day of practice since the Christmas break, they led 34-13 at halftime in the game on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • ACE Report

    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.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Stories that Shaped 2010: VA officials optimistic about veterans’ services in 2011

    It’s a far cry from what most had originally hoped, but 2011 may shape up to be a good year for Brunswick County veterans.

    With Brunswick Community Hospital vacating in the summer of 2011 when Novant Health opens Brunswick Novant Medical Center, most veterans hoped for—and most local officials endorsed—the idea of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.

    But despite local, state and federal efforts to make the conversion a reality in 2010, it wasn’t in the cards for Brunswick County.

  • A look back at 20 years in office with outgoing DA Rex Gore

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part feature series with outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—When the New Year rings in, district attorney Rex Gore will hand over the reins of the district’s prosecutorial office to DA-elect Jon David.

    Gore, who was first elected district attorney in 1990, will leave office just as he entered it—no pomp and circumstance—just business.

  • Stories that Shaped 2010: How the new Republican majority will shape the political landscape

    The Grand Old Party made a roaring comeback this past November.

    If 2008 was the year of the donkey, 2010 was the year of the elephant.

    In 2008, Democrats, fueled by President Barack Obama’s historic candidacy, ran away with the General Election. Though not as overwhelming, the 2010 midterm elections belonged to the Republicans, who made a surging comeback to even the playing field on state and national stages.

  • Harrison Taylor at the Hank Haney School in Hilton Head

    Last April, Harrison Taylor of Shallotte won a two-year scholarship to the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. 

    Harrison left his parents, Valerie and Scott Taylor, brother Chandler, his West Brunswick High School friends and went to live five hours away in Hilton Head Island. It was a daunting task for this young man who had grown up in a close-knit family in a small rural town.