Today's News

  • If transparency becomes a partisan issue, why would anyone want to be on the other side?

    Here we go again.

    For a president who campaigned on transparency, things sure are murky around the Obama White House these days.

    After near constant campaign promises of increased transparency on all things White House-related—specifically healthcare reform—President Barack Obama has failed to make good on his promise.

    The House passed their behemoth healthcare reform bill in November, and then the Senate delivered the same on Christmas Eve.

    Then it was lights out on healthcare reform.

  • Katie McGee supports The First Tee

    Dr. Katie McGee, the outgoing superintendent of Brunswick Schools, has been a strong supporter of The First Tee since the beginning, according to Rusty Petrea, the founder (with wife Carol) of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Redfish, trout, black drum targeted by inshore fishermen

    The recent frigid cold spell caused some fish kills in the state but it doesn’t appear we were hurt too badly here in Brunswick County. To the north of us there were reported kills of speckled trout (and black drum) that ran into the thousands of fish in a few places, but so far that hasn’t happened here.

    Meanwhile, anglers are watching the state’s reaction to the upcoming sea turtle lawsuit and how that might affect large-mesh inshore gill nets.

  • Young violinist makes second visit to Brunswick County

    A 17-year-old violin and fiddle virtuoso wowed the crowd at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Saturday evening, bringing a blend of classical violin and traditional Celtic fiddle music to about 600 concertgoers.

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation and Coastal Financial Associates sponsored the visit from Caroline Goulding, accompanied on piano by Alicja Basinska and Janine Randall.

    All proceeds will benefit scholarships at Brunswick Community College.

  • One teen dead, another teen is stable condition after head-on collision

    Eyewitnesses at the scene of last week's fatal wreck on N.C. 211 described the head-on collision as the two cars exploding.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper John M. King said the wreck that left one teenager dead and another teen severely injured was one of the worst wrecks he’s ever seen.

    “My condolences to the families,” King said. “It was tough.”

  • Drug agents bust meth lab in Calabash

    CALABASH—Drug agents have busted a meth lab in Calabash, the county’s first meth lab bust since 2006.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 13, drug agents arrested Robert Lee Moss II when he was outside his home.

    Though they had a superior court judge-issued search and destruction order, it was important agents separated Moss from the potentially volatile situation inside the Wilson Avenue home he was renting, because they believed a meth lab was inside, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Agent Jeff Beck said.

  • Night of Notables gives interactive history lesson at Bolivia Elementary

    Look to your left and you'll see George Washington. Turn the corner and you'll run into Albert Einstein. Notable people in history lined the hallways at Bolivia Elementary School during the annual Night of Notables.

    For more than 10 years, the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Bolivia Elementary School have presented the Night of Notables, where students dress up as historical figures from history and share facts about what they learned.

  • SOS weekend a unique scene for a murder mystery

    Dancing, carousing and celebrating a love of beach music are the main things associated with the Society of Stranders (SOS) weekend in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The “Stranders” are fun-loving souls, dedicated to keeping beach music and the king of East Coast dances, the shag, alive and well. Their SOS weekends are all about fun and frivolity.

    But what if something unthinkable happened during an SOS event? What if, shagging with your BFFs at Fat Harold’s some night, you stumbled upon a grisly murder scene? What if you were wrongly suspected of the crime?

  • Towns seek annexation truce; St. James mayor says town doesn't want Midway properties

    Oak Island and St. James officials are talking about putting an end to the legal battle over annexing property along Midway Road, with St. James possibly dropping its bid to take in parcels.

    Property owners say they are remaining “guardedly optimistic” until a proposed agreement is approved.

    The towns are now in a court battle over who has authority to annex 38 parcels along N.C. 211 near the intersection of Midway Road and the corridor for the future second bridge to Oak Island.

  • New theater faces zoning problems; resident performance group delays season

    Less than a week after a well-attended open house celebrating the opening of Playhouse 211, a new community theater venue on N.C. 211 near St. James, the theater’s owners learned the structure is not in compliance with county zoning. It has been forced to shut down.

    The action came a week before Playhouse 211’s resident theater company, Cape Fear Repertory Theatre, had planned to debut its first show of the year, “The Sensuous Senator,” at its new home.