Today's News

  • Weather no problem for Pittsburgh golfers

    Saturday in Shallotte was a rainy, 30-to 34-degree day, with some occasional sleet. Because I was unable to play golf, I accompanied my wife to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to do some shopping. The weather was atrocious. A penetrating, cold rain fell, and I felt miserable standing in it even for the short time I had to pump gas. In nearby areas, many inches of snow and ice were accumulating.

  • Male role models to be featured at school-related event

    Four men featured in the book “A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man,” will be speaking to parents, school staff and community members next month at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Written by Kelly Johnson, whose parents are Brunswick County residents, the book features 26 American heroes who share their stories of how to be a “better man.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: 'Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.'

    Volunteers who pick up a hammer and help a local family are now one-step closer to vacationing with Mickey, Minnie and Donald.

    Brunswick County residents can now volunteer locally and participate in the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” program. Those who volunteer eight hours of time with one of the participating agencies will receive a voucher good for one day at a Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme park.

  • Winter weather puts the chill on inshore fishing

    Winter weather has hampered inshore fishing lately, although there are still some fish out there and they are biting. Fish stocks seem to have come through the chill in pretty good shape so far.

    “The weather here has been extremely cold and fish kills have been reported in scattered areas, speckled trout being the most common,” said Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters.

    Redfish are among our most hearty fish and can be caught on days the weather allows fishing, although in really cold weather they tend to have lockjaw.

  • More pro profiles: Rick Ferrell of Rivers Edge, in the job he loves

    There are certain similarities between successful club pros. My husband, Gene, and I have a son-in-law who is a PGA pro; we have friends who are club pros, and they all have traits in common.

    Sure, they’re good golfers. Yes, most of them learned the game as a kid and dreamed of someday becoming a real live PGA golf professional. A few dreamed of playing on the tour, but many thought the ultimate job would be as a head pro at a golf course.

  • Former Leland police officer convicted for robbing Supply grocery store

    BOLIVIA—A former Leland police officer was convicted last week of robbing a Supply grocery store.

    Brett Hilburn Hobbs, 31, of Leland, was convicted Wednesday, Jan. 27, of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Hobbs to five to six months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

    Thomas said jury selection for the case began Monday, Jan. 25, and the jury returned the guilty verdict around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Church giveaway wows crowd of 300 showing up for free items



    About 300 people braved a cold rain Saturday to receive free clothes, household items, toys, furniture and even breakfast during the first Great New Year Giveaway at First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    “We’re just so excited,” said event organizer and church member Dianne Tripp, standing amid the crowd browsing tables and racks filled with free items and clothing in the church’s large gymnasium and sanctuary.

  • Carolina Shores sign under scrutiny between town, POA



    CAROLINA SHORES—A POA board member expressed concern the town will not take full responsibility for maintaining a town-owned sign in front of the POA clubhouse.

    “I’m distressed,” said Peter Gulliver, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday about the brick-and-wood Carolina Shores sign on POA property at the corner of N.C. 179 and Country Club Drive.

    “Obviously, you wanted to absolve yourself of responsibility except for the piece of wood [on the sign],” he said.

  • Wine and chocolate pairings sweeten Valentine's month at Silver Coast Winery

    Staff report

    With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Silver Coast Winery in Brunswick County is setting the stage and mood early with its annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

    Participants will enjoy award-winning Silver Coast wines served in a signature Silver Coast wineglass and paired with four handmade gourmet chocolates.

    The cost is $15 per person.

    Seatings are on the hour starting at noon, with the last one at 4 p.m. Reservations are limited.

  • Rescheduled Stew Cook-Off this weekend

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is hoping the weather holds out Saturday for the second annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off.

    After being postponed last week due to inclement weather, the chamber moved the event to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Rourk Woods in Shallotte.

    “Currently the forecasts are not showing we are going to have rain, so we’re going to move forward with the event,” Megan Masser, events director for the chamber, said at press time Tuesday.