Today's News

  • Sunset Beach man charged with sex offenses against children

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sunset Beach man was arrested Jan. 13 and charged in connection with sex offenses on children.

    Ronnie Lynn Wilkins, 57, of 819 Dogwood Drive, Sunset Beach, was arrested and charged by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on warrants issued by the Sunset Beach Police Department.

    Wilkins was charged with one count of first-degree sex offense on a child, two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor under 16, and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

  • Celebrating 100 years of Scouting

    Brunswick County community leaders, many of them Eagle Scouts, along with local Scout leaders, met outside the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday afternoon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

  • Census-taking counts--for people and job opportunities


    Now is the time for qualified enumerators to count the people of their country.

    Looking for a job, anyone?

    Check out the U.S. Census Bureau, which is still looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to perform various jobs during the history-making, milestone-setting year of Census 2010.

    Employment benefits include good, weekly pay, flexible hours and a chance to travel.

    Census-takers, after all, are pioneers in a way.

  • Waccamaw performs 'The Aristocats Kids'

    Waccamaw School performed Disney’s ‘The Aristocats Kids’ Friday and Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 28 and Feb. 1, 2 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.

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah Garner and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Patricia Ann Barnard, PG DWI level 5; unsafe passing yellow line, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Sheriff’s ACE team working to make county safer

    Almost 200 intoxicated drivers were taken off Brunswick County roadways in 2009 thanks to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.

    The team, which receives funding through a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, targets intoxicated drivers and other driving-related offenses.

    Through their efforts, some 3,328 driving, drug and alcohol-related citations were issued in 2009, a significant increase over previous years, according to the sergeant who oversees the ACE team.

  • Agricultural rezoning sent back in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Town council denied rezoning a remaining agricultural district on the western mainland Monday after property owners expressed opposition.

    The town staff and planning board have recommended rezoning 35 acres, consisting of about 23 parcels, in the Schuyler Avenue and Peakwood Drive area, from agricultural forestry (AF-1) to mainland residential (MR-1).

    The tract is off N.C. 179 along the Intracoastal Waterway, with individually owned lots ranging in size from 1.5 to 7 acres.

  • Shallotte aldermen to discuss ways to implement vision plan at upcoming retreat

    Shallotte aldermen will meet in a daylong planning session at 8 a.m. March 10 in the town meeting chambers. How to bring the town’s vision plan to fruition will be one of the main topics of discussion.

    At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the board discussed possible changes to town ordinances and procedures that may be needed to facilitate the 10-year plan the board adopted in 2008.

  • Fighting the curse of the soft rock single

    Some are born cursed; others have curses thrust upon them.

    I won’t go so far as to say I’m cursed (that would be bad luck), but I do have a lifelong attachment to a song that doesn’t have the greatest track record for the artists who wrote and recorded it.

  • Coastal Stadium goes digital; 4K technology becoming standard

    The movie-going experience in Shallotte has changed quite a bit since the days of traveling tent shows and the drive-in theater, but the technology of projecting film onto the screen hadn’t changed much over the years—until now.

    Last week, Coastal Stadium in Shallotte officially made the switch from 35 mm film to all-digital projection. Engineers installed Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems technology into the 10-screen theater, providing high-definition viewing for regular and 3-D movies.