Today's News

  • Teen avoids trouble by keeping the faith

    Before the bell rings, most high school students stop to chat with friends, quickly finish homework or stop by their locker to pick up a forgotten item. But 16-year-old West Brunswick High School student Aqui Jackson stops at his locker to look at one very special book.

  • 'Astro Boy' lots of fun for kids

    If you ask my 7-year-old, “Astro Boy” is the best movie ever made. I wouldn‘t go that far.

    For kids ages 7 and older, you can’t get much more exciting than this computer animated action hero story about a grieving scientist father, voiced by Nicolas Cage, who creates a robot version of his lost son.

    The robot, “Astro,” must then find his place in the world. In the process, he befriends other “orphans,” becomes a fighter and eventually, saves the world.

  • Sunset sewer groundbreaking Friday

    A groundbreaking for a wastewater collection system for the Sunset Beach mainland is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

    The event, orchestrated by Brunswick County in conjunction with the town of Sunset Beach, will take place in the common area at the intersection of Oyster Pointe Drive and Oyster Bay Drive.


  • Calabash Fire Department rejects $2.6 million federal loan for new station

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department won’t accept a $2.6 million federal loan approved last month for a new fire station.

    Last week, the department’s nine-member board agreed the department can’t afford the $2,607,750 USDA loan with accompanying $137,250 grant announced last month by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office. The funding was earmarked for construction of a new, much-needed central fire station for the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge

    Construction continues on the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach as shown in pictures taken last month by local photographer John Clegg. The bridge is slated to open next year, displacing the old pontoon bridge currently in use.



    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Vandalism at Brooks Court; suspect broke back glass out of victim’s window, causing $900 in damage to the glass and $300 in damage to the paint finish.

    •Vandalism at Coastal Cinemas; suspect put something in tank of victim’s truck, causing $2,000 in damage.

  • West Brunswick soccer team wins its first conference title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick soccer team beat South Brunswick 3-1 Oct. 28 to win its first conference championship in school history.

    “It was great effort by the entire team,” conference championship coach Tripp Smith said moments after he received the celebratory dousing of ice water. “I am very pleased with them.”

  • Calabash hires new administrator

    CALABASH—The town has hired a new administrator scheduled to start work Nov. 16.

    Hiram Marziano, currently an assistant town manager in Troy, N.C., accepted Calabash town commissioners’ job offer by phone Wednesday following a closed meeting at town hall.

    Marziano is the first Calabash administrator required to pass a background check. His job performance will be reviewed at the end of 90 days, and he also will be required to pass a drug test. His annual salary will be $52,000.

  • Climb aboard the Ghost Ship

    Ghosts, goblins and ghouls were aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina last Friday. Their mission? To frighten all who entered.

    The U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina opened its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Oct.16 for the Ghost Ship--a haunted battleship. With 942 visitors on opening night, Danielle Wallace, battleship programs director, saw her vision, and many months of planning, become a reality.

    Wallace and the battleship staff began preparing for this event in July. She channeled her own fears and used them for inspiration in this year’s ghost ship design.

  • West Brunswick rallies in second half to beat West Bladen

    DUPLIN—West Brunswick scored four goals in the second half and goalkeeper Josh Cortes stopped a penalty kick as the Trojans beat West Bladen 4-1 in a Waccamaw Conference soccer game Oct. 22.

    Chip Mendoza had two assists and a goal in the victory, which kept the Trojans in first place in the conference (6-1-1) with two games left in the conference season.