Today's News

  • Carl Bazemore served Sunset Beach well

    Those who knew Carl Bazemore say he was a quiet man who got along well with others. He is noted for his public service, particularly to Sunset Beach where he served for 12 years on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    In addition to maintaining a council seat for three terms, Bazemore also served on the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and was a chair of the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority’s stormwater management program.

  • Shallotte sign painter recalls the old-fashioned method

    With more than 30 years of experience painting colorful advertisements for golf courses, restaurants and all kinds of small businesses, Shallotte’s Buddy Norris will always call himself a sign painter.

    He hand paints signs and posters for friends and family members and for himself—just to keep his creative juices flowing—but the realities of the business have changed. These days, customers prefer letters designed on computers and cut out on vinyl.

  • Strong tides have a big impact on local fishing

    Warmer than normal temperatures so far this year have anglers hoping for a late fall, and it looks as if that is what might happen. October was a bit more streaky than usual, but there are a lot of fish being caught now.

    I hate to sound like a meteorologist, but higher than normal water temperatures with a succession of cold fronts followed by sunny days make for great fishing weather, especially if the fish are still biting. Also, strong tides influenced by the moon are having a big impact on local fishing.

  • Detectives searching for suspects in Shallotte armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for four black males they say robbed four people at gunpoint at their Shallotte home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jayne Todd said four victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by four unknown black males at their Maple Hill Road home around 11 p.m. Saturday.

    Each suspect is believed to have been carrying a firearm, Todd said, adding the suspects stole cash.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 21, 22, 23, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 21

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Terry William Brewer, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs, 30 days to pay; fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Joey Franklin Bridgers, threatening phone call, voluntarily dismissed, plaintiff to show cause.

  • Program can help those out of work with training, skills

    It’s been a difficult year for some Brunswick County residents. As the economy has suffered, many people have found themselves with reduced hours or out of work altogether.

    In Brunswick County, the unemployment rate was at 10.5 percent in September, relatively unchanged from August’s rate of 10.6 percent.

    Funding for a state program, however, is helping to breathe new life into job searches and skill creation.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Supply man arrested for marijuana farm in Green Swamp

    Drug agents have arrested a Supply man for his role in the recently discovered marijuana farm in the Green Swamp.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 54-year-old William James Burney, of 2187 Ridge Forest Drive SW, and charged him with two counts of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and one count of manufacturing marijuana.

  • Supply motorcyclist killed in wreck

    A Supply man was killed Friday when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Kirby Road in Supply.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, the wreck occurred around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Kirby Road near the intersection of Seashore Road.

    Joseph Cross, 33, of North Ridge Drive, was driving a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle west on Kirby Road at about 55 mph, which is the posted speed limit, Daniels said.

  • Former Sunset Beach Councilman Carl Bazemore dies

    Former Sunset Beach town councilman and mayor pro tem Carl Bazemore died Sunday in Asheville following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Bazemore, 81, served three four-year terms on Sunset Beach Town Council, from 1995-2007.

    While a councilman, Bazemore was Sunset Beach representative with the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and chaired a South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority stormwater management program.

  • Unemployment rate drops slightly; some choosing to retrain

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains high, dropping only slightly from 10.6 in August to 10.5 in September.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Securities Commission (ESC) Director Eli Smith said workers from across the career spectrum, including those with advanced degrees, are now collecting unemployment insurance.