Today's News

  • Oak Island teen, Bolivia woman located safely

    Two people recently reported missing in separate cases have both been safely located.

    Trevor Joe Freeman, 15, of Oak Island was reported missing Nov. 23. Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said Freeman was located safely soon after he was reported missing.

    A Bolivia woman who was last seen Dec. 8 at her Clemmons Road home was safely located in Conway, S.C., on Dec. 14, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Kimberly Kelly Seawell, 35, was originally reported missing Dec. 13.


  • BSL man faces second impersonation charge

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man faces a second charge after being accused of impersonating law enforcement in October.

    Anthony Mark Collins, 28, of East Boiling Spring Road is now charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating law enforcement, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

  • Market aims to make world better

    SUPPLY — This Christmas, 11-year-old Mason Marshall of Supply is thinking about thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts — not for himself, but for more than 50 families in the community who will receive Christmas gifts from him via his gourmet popcorn business, Mason’s Market.

    The business was officially established in July 2015 after Mason’s mother Melissa gave him $50 and told him to “do something great” with it.

  • Scorpions lose twice in tourney at BCC

    BOLIVIA — The North Brunswick boys’ basketball team lost its two games in the inaugural Brunswick County Sherriff’s Office Christmas Tournament.

    East Columbus beat the Scorpions 53-51 Dec. 19 and Whiteville beat the Scorpions 84-73 Dec. 20 in games at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.

    North is 2-7 this season.

    In a first-round game, East Columbus took a 53-51 lead with 71 seconds left on a pull-up jump shot.

  • Chmielenski receives Leland’s COTY award

    LELAND — Mayor Brenda Bozeman had to plan for two months to make sure her Citizen of the Year was in the audience and unaware he was the 2016 recipient.

    “This is unexpected. I don’t believe it,” Walter Chmielenski, chairman of the parks and recreation board said after Bozeman announced the award at Leland’s Dec. 15 town meeting.

    “Do you know how hard it is getting good people here without spilling the beans?” Bozeman said.

  • Only the best music this Christmas

    Since Nov. 1, there has been Christmas music in the air. First on my car radio, then in the office and later spread across all the radio stations and even those music channels on TV.

    But after two months of holiday cheer, we have hit the home stretch.

    Since I’m sure you've all been good boys and girls this year and are sure to have made Santa’s nice list, I want you to have the best Christmas you can this weekend.

    And to do so, you’ve got to turn off all that holiday dreck the radio pumps in.

  • Commissioners approve Belville town hall financing

    BELVILLE — The North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) approved the Belville’s financing agreement to build a new town hall.

    The LGC, which is part of the state treasurer’s department, approved the financing plan Dec. 9, commissioner Joe Breault said during Dec. 19 town meeting. The move opens the door for the town to move proceed with stormwater permitting, planning certification and construction contracts.

  • Author to lead writing workshops

    Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • RoboCon demonstrates STEM efforts in schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts on display Dec. 17 by hosting RoboCon 2016 at Brunswick Community College.

    The event showed off the new robotics programs that began in the 2016-17 school year at the elementary, middle and high schools.

    Claire McLaughlin, Brunswick County STEM Council chairwoman, helped organize the robotics programs to show students the opportunities STEM courses provide.

  • Oh, what fun it is to visit various venues during the holidays

    The holidays are a perfect time to get out and enjoy — and not take for granted — some of the area’s educational venues open and available for visits.

    When was the last time you and yours hopped on board the ferry to tour the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Or visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach or its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach to view the offerings there?

    Here’s a closer look at their holiday events.

    Fish and Festival of Trees at Fort Fisher Aquarium