Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's office searching for breaking-and-entering suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man wanted for breaking into several Supply-area homes from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said Kenneth Alvin Hargrove, 31, of 227 Lennon Dale Blvd., Elizabeth City, is wanted for multiple breaking-and-entering charges for allegedly breaking into several homes on White and Kelford streets in Supply.

    Hargrove is wanted for nine counts of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering and one count of failure to return rental property.

  • Tracking candidates: Rabon to run for state senate; Hankins to run for clerk of court

    The first Brunswick County resident has thrown his hat in the ring for the state senate seat longtime Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, announced he would not defend in 2010.

    On Tuesday, Bill Rabon announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state senate seat to serve Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

    Rabon, 58, a veterinarian and civic leader, “promised to run a clean campaign that is well-organized, well-funded and focused on meeting the challenges facing southeastern North Carolina,” he said in a press release.

  • State Farm drops 1,650 policies from North Carolina's barrier islands

    It’s another blow to North Carolina’s barrier islands.

    State Farm insurance announced last week it will cease coverage of all North Carolina’s barrier islands, about 1,650 insurance policies.

    Expected to take effect May 1, State Farm will no longer continue to write or renew homeowners’ insurance policies for any barrier islands along North Carolina’s 18 coastal counties, North Carolina Department of Insurance spokesperson Kristin Milam said.

  • Mississippi man arrested for trafficking cocaine

    A Mississippi man was arrested last week for several drug charges after a traffic stop on U.S. 74-76 near Leland.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said sheriff’s office K-9 deputy Brian Carlisle stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus on U.S. 74-76 around 4 p.m. Jan. 14 for suspicious behavior.

    When the vehicle was searched, deputies found 52.7 grams of cocaine, which has a street value of about $12,000, Lanier said.

  • November home sales up in Brunswick

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County increased in November 2009 compared to the previous month and the previous year, according to the latest information from the N.C. Association of Realtors (NCAR).

    In November of 2009, Realtors in Brunswick County sold 181 units, up 65 percent from 110 units in November 2008. That also represents a 3 percent increase over October 2009, when 176 houses were sold.

    The average cost of a house also increased between November 2008 and 2009, from $232,147 to $248,291.

  • Look for Mars to make an appearance in the sky as Jupiter slips out of sight

    This is a good time to review the planets; they have been on the move through the sky so it is time for a sky-wide planet roundup.

    We are losing Jupiter; well not really losing it, we are just losing sight of it.

    Jupiter is moseying into the sunset as the days pass. At least it looks that way, “danger science information ahead,” as Earth orbits the sun, we change the alignment of Jupiter and the sun in the sky. As we move, the effect is the alignment of the sun between Jupiter and us.

  • Feeling better about short winters: Hanging out with winter-blooming plants

    We’ve just emerged from a stint of colder-than-normal temperatures that we’ve been sharing with most of the country. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little mid-winter pick-me-up, a reminder that our short and relatively mild winter will be giving way to spring shortly.

    Luckily, all I have to do is go and hang out in the backyard to find winter-blooming plants like hybrid mahonia and edgeworthia.

  • Camellias raise their noses for the winter season

    As many plants wind down for the year, camellias come in to their own. The glossy, deep green Southern aristocrats brighten the cool season with perfect blooms. We mainly grow two camellia species here: camellia sasanqua, a fall bloomer, and camellia japonica, the “common” camellia that flowers in late fall to spring, depending on the variety.

  • Suggs-Ward

    Ashley Elaine Suggs of Calabash and Justin Darrell Ward of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 24 at Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

    The Rev. Larry Ward officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Susan Suggs of Calabash. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Vicki Cayton of Castle Hayne and the late Darrell Ward.

    Mateus Buchanan of Calabash served as matron of honor.

    Flower girl was Mackenzie Buchanan.

    David Suggs, the bride’s father, served as best man.