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Today's News

  • Beach patrol provides safety on the strand

    As the weather gets warmer, the county beaches draw thousands of people from across the country. In Ocean Isle Beach, the yearly 508 population can grow to as many as 25,000 people at any given time during the summer months.

    To help ease the workload of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, seven certified officers serve on the city’s beach patrol. Made up of Highway Patrol officers and retired law enforcement officials, at least one officer is on the beach daily between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for missing man

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing Brunswick County man.

    Jody Daniel Babson, 29, has been missing since Tuesday.

    Babson was last seen hitchhiking on the Isabelle Homes Bridge leading to Wilmington around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Babson was reported to be traveling to California in an attempt to find construction work, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Babson, who has special health concerns, has not contacted his family since Tuesday morning.

  • The best French onion soup I've ever had is made with chicken broth

    When it comes to making good, hearty French onion soup, most cooks would consider it heresy to use chicken broth. Thirty years ago, when Americans started making French food (thanks to Julia Child), beef broth was the only way to go.

  • Before tossing that steak on the grill, let's review the basics

    This holiday weekend is the beginning of the grilling season for many in the country, and no matter where you live, new equipment, new techniques, new cookbooks, new recipes and ingredients can add to your cooking repertoire.

    Gas grills are still the most popular type of barbecue, and some even include a built-in smoker box for smoke cooking. Charcoal grills are still used a lot today.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Archie Maurice Bullard Jr., 41, of 2405 Amigo Drive, Fayetteville, with assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Dana Hagins Wright, 39, of 110 Lake Clair, Fayetteville, with simple physical assault.

  • Summer fishing patterns continue to progress

    Summer is in full swing and the fish are well aware. The fishing over the past couple of weeks has been excellent, particularly for king mackerel, but as the heat has continued, the fish are beginning to push back offshore to deeper, cooler water. The king mackerel bite was nothing short of spectacular at the 65-foot hole and Shark Hole all last week.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Stu Cleveland, 81; Bob Byrne, 86. Low nets: Larry Bollinger, 62; Cleveland, 67; Bob Smith, 69. Team two low nets per hole: Ed Hennessey, Cleveland, Smith and Jim Beairsto. Stu Cleveland was golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

    The Brick Landing Plantation Ladies Golf Association played a circle nine game July 2. Players circled three par-3s, three par-4s and three par-5s prior to play. Total of circled holes, minus one-half handicap, determined the winners.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Lincoln Road in Leland; suspect stole a GPS unit from victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Post Office Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s Ford E-150 van from residence.

    •Larceny on Highland Drive in Bolivia; suspect stole victim’s mail, including a check and Medicaid cards.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From June 29-July 5, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 30 calls and made three drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Waterford, Palmetto Creek, Southport, Village Point, Shallotte Point and Compass Point.