Today's News

  • Celebrate Valentine's with hearts, flowers, music and lunch

    Romance is in the air. Valentine’s Day, after all, is just around the bend.

    And several entities have scheduled events just to make Feb. 14 even more special this year.

    Singing valentines

    The Coastal Harmonizers are tuning up for more sweet serenading.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

  • 150th anniversary Fort Anderson fall Feb. 14-15

    “Last Stand on the West Bank of the Cape Fear,” a living history program, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15.

    The anniversary event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, 8884 St. Philips Road SE in Winnabow.

  • Chef Sal Rubio stirring up new menus at Sea Trail

    SUNSET BEACH — Chef Sal Rubio is one of the area’s most widely known chefs and one of its most renowned.

    Since November, Rubio has been overseeing the daily menu at Magnolia’s Fine Food & Spirits in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Since his arrival, Rubio has implemented a menu he describes as more customer-friendly and flexible.

  • Changes aiding pet stats in Brunswick County

    It’s a multi-faceted community effort that’s making a difference in pet numbers and lives in Brunswick County, a local animal advocate says.

    Changes at the local shelter, a new low-cost spay-neuter facility and program, volunteers and rescue groups along with grant money to aid homeless cats are all having impact in increasing the number of pet adoptions and reducing the euthanasia rate, said Janie Withers.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 31, 2015

     Sunset Beach Police Department

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

    Jan. 31

    Jason Scott Piskacek, 45, of 1636 Frink St., Ocean Isle Beach, charged with DWI and driving left of center.

  • ONDBEAT: Being senior has its perks and wrinkles

    In childhood, there’s a tendency to want to be older. Many a 4-year-old would rather be 6. For those who are only 9, it sounds bigger and better to say they’re double-digits 10.

    Ditto for teenage-hood — the older you are, the more sophisticated and grown-up it sounds to say you’re older than you are, old enough to get into a restricted movie, perhaps. “Under 17,” after all, still requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian

  • Prayer drive-thru a blessing for S.C. church

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Never mind temperatures had dipped below freezing and it wasn’t the warmest day to be standing outside.

    Right on schedule, a team of volunteers at Little River United Methodist Church turned out to wave at passersby and be on standby for the church’s biweekly prayer drive-thru.

    “We do (this) every other Wednesday,” said church member Larry Johnston, holding a “prayer drive-thru” sign and waving at passing traffic alongside fellow volunteer Joan Campbell in front of the church on U.S. 17.

  • Carolina Shores wraps paving project

    CAROLINA SHORES — A town street has been rededicated following a months-long $475,000 reconstruction and paving project.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, for Clubview Lane in the Village at Calabash, town administrator Jon Mendenhall announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Feb. 2.

    The town board also recognized longtime town engineer Amie Drucker, who is leaving to move to Colorado. Drucker has served as town engineer for 16 years.

  • Robert and Jack: a tough story of two local pros

    By Whit Clark

    Guest Columnist


    A few years ago, I wrote a short piece about Robert Jones, my barber. It was a brief and admiring look at a man who started a local barbershop, Hair Shapers, and operated it until his passing. Robert was the consummate barber: fast, accurate and a good listener — all the ingredients that made the consumer return to the chair.

  • Breaking bread connects community

    When was the last time you broke bread with someone? I mean, really broke bread — pulled apart a dense baked ball of dough while dining with another person or group of people? It’s so basic, but there’s something about it that, to me, conveys a true sense of kinship.