Today's News

  • Internet sweepstakes café robbed

    The Gold Strike Internet Sweepstakes Café on Holden Beach Road was robbed Monday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, two male suspects robbed the sweepstakes café around 9:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23.

    Stanley said the suspects entered the business and demanded cash. A patron was assaulted during the robbery. The suspects then left the business with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the patron suffered minor injuries.

  • N.C. towns sued over Internet sweepstakes fees

    Two companies that provide software for Internet sweepstakes operations have filed suit against five North Carolina towns in an effort to overturn licensing fees imposed on the businesses.

    With various Brunswick County towns imposing similar fees, the question remains, “Are we next?”

    Lawyers for International Internet Technologies Inc. and Hest Technologies Inc. filed suit Aug. 6 in Burke County Superior Court against the towns of Fayetteville, Lumberton, Pembroke, Morganton and Wilmington, which had adopted per-machine privilege license fees.

  • Church to open own practice in Supply Medical Campus

    Dr. Lori Church, a general practitioner formerly with Sunset Beach Family Medicine, will open a practice of her own Sept. 9 at Supply Medical Campus, sharing a suite with cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Seder.

    “I always had a desire and people were always telling my I should practice for myself,” Church said recently, as she busily prepared her new office in the main building on the campus.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine officially shut its doors June 11, after Novant Medical Group decided not to continue its partnership with the practice.

  • Shallotte High School Class of '55 reunion


  • 'Playful' art showcased in latest show at Franklin Square Gallery

    Creativity and imagination, often with a playful edge, distinguish the work of two artists featured this month at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    Claire Sallenger Martin of Supply has spent a lifetime in the arts, developing her own unique style. Rebecca Pierre of Oak Island, a published poet and professional writer, turned to pottery for yet another form of artistic expression.

    Martin and Pierre will showcase their newest original creations from Aug. 23 to Sept. 25.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Bank purchases Brick Landing properties

    Greensboro-based Carolina Bank was the only bidder last Friday at the auction for foreclosed Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course properties.

    The bank agreed to purchase the 130 acres for $1.3 million.

    The bank president says the company is in talks with several parties interested in taking over operation of the 18-hole golf course along the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Theft, damages investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated several incidents of theft and miscellaneous damages reported over the past week.

    On Aug. 21, damage to personal property was reported after a driver drove over roofing tacks thrown on 33rd Street, causing $504 worth of damage.

    Another incident of damage to personal property was also reported Aug. 21. Someone used a sharp instrument to scratch down the side of a vehicle, causing approximately $500 worth of damage.

  • Sunset Beach Oct. 1 bridge dedication set in concrete

    SUNSET BEACH—Whether or not the new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is ready to open to traffic, the town’s Sunset at Sunset dedication ceremony for it will ensue as planned Oct. 1.

    “The dedication will take place Friday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., with the reception immediately following,” Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph, who serves as Sunset at Sunset liaison, said Monday.

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?

  • Honor Flight fundraiser kickoff Thursday

    Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina is seeking to raise $50,000 in just 10 days.

    A special fundraising kickoff event will take place at 4 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 26, at the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington.

    The public is cordially invited to join a special group of volunteers who recognize and appreciate everything our Greatest Generation did for us.