Today's News

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to nearly five years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen during a graduation party in 2015.

    As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Michael David Rivenbark pleaded guilty Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, to solicitation to commit statutory rape, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

    Warrants showed Rivenbark engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old girl June 28, 2015.

  • Man to serve at least seven years for crash that killed two people in Ash

    A Southport man will spend at least seven years in prison for a May 2015 crash in Ash that killed two people and injured three others.

    Forty-six-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, was sentenced to serve between 110 months and 144 months (12 years), with credit for time served since his May 27, 2015, arrest, in the North Carolina Department of Correction after the plea hearing, District Attorney Jon David said in a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 27.

  • ABCPOA Meet the Candidates Night

    The Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The public is invited to this question-and-answer forum featuring candidates for the following contested positions: U.S. Representative, state General Assembly, Brunswick County commissioners and school board.

  • N.C. Ferry System begins transition to off-season schedules

    The annual transition to off-season schedules will begin for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual changes will occur on four of the ferry system’s seven routes, including Southport-Fort Fisher.

    The Southport route will switch to an off-season schedule Oct. 1, dropping from 16 weekday round trips to 14. Weekend schedules will not be affected.

    For a printable 2016 ferry schedule, go to ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

  • Dredging on Sunset Beach community meeting agenda Oct. 8

    Sunset Beach residents will be able to ask questions and make comments at an Oct. 8 community meeting about the town’s shoreline dredging and pre-dredging analysis.

    The informal meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at 75 Clubhouse Road in Sea Trail Plantation.

  • Chamber endorses Nov. 8 $152M school bond referendum

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce board members voted unanimously to endorse the Brunswick County Schools $152 million bond referendum that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The school bond is meant to provide funding for much-needed construction and renovations to the aging system.

  • Traffic alert Oct. 8-9 for 2016 Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach in Sunset Beach

    The Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach ride, hosted by the National MS Society, is taking place Oct. 8-9. Cyclists will be on the road from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in and around Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores as riders depart Sea Trail on N.C. 179, Shoreline Drive, Beach Drive and Thomasboro Road crossing U.S. 17.
    Motorists are asked to use caution as bicycles will be on various roads in Brunswick and Columbus counties until their afternoon returns to Sea Trail, along with support vehicles.

  • Arnie part of a memorable foursome

    By Thomas Ryan Paul

    The custom we follow when a great golfer dies is to cite statistics. And so it is with Arnold Palmer. Four Masters, one U.S. Open and two Open championships in seven years from 1958 through 1964. A memorable run, the likes of which few have achieved.

  • Cooler weather brings better fishing

    It’s a seasonal transition period for our area and every element associated with fishing is letting us know. The cool morning breeze is just enough to make you think it’s fall, yet by 1 p.m., it’s 90 degrees. Nonetheless, the fish are beginning to cooperate as fall fishing is on our doorstep.

  • Taking children fishing is priceless