Today's News

  • In worlds real or imaginary, it’s about passion

    Recently, someone said to me: “Why do you care so much about fictional characters? They’re fictional worlds. Make sure you come back to reality.”

    The question posed, and the statements after, naturally gave me pause, as loaded questions like that tend to do. And as I pondered I realized I had not one answer, but many, and at the same time, no answer at all. My reasons for loving what I do are too abstract and yet so solid in that I know my love for these things will never leave.

  • Avoiding the sting of summer beach walks

    I was heading home last Friday night after enjoying an after-dinner beer with some of my coworkers when the breeze off the ocean and the clear sky proved irresistible, so I decided to take a last-minute detour to Ocean Isle Beach to walk along the shoreline.

  • Help our students prepare for the new school year

    North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division data for May show Brunswick County has 2,786 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 50,619, putting its unemployment rate at 5.5 percent.

  • Band of the Week Legacy Motown Revue shakes up OIB Aug. 5

    Kernersville-based Legacy Motown Revue launched on the Fourth of July, 2010, to the delight of Motown-loving audiences everywhere, including the summer concert one coming up this Friday night, Aug. 5, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Since touring with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters as music director and pianist, Revue bandleader Stan Stigall had dreamed of starting a tribute to the legendary groups he grew up listening to.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre presents "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)"

    It’s all self-explanatory.

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production, “Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals.

    It’s described as a hilarious satire of musical theater and is being presented for its second and final weekend Aug. 5-7 at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    One story develops into five different musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.

  • SBPD July 2016

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 25

    Jodie Marie Stanley of 1881 Wonderland St., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on a charge of DWI.

    July 26

    Report of counterfeit money at Food Lion.

    July 28

    Report of failure to work at 426 36th St.

    July 29

    Larceny from person reported at 709 Live Oak Drive.


  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, July 18

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Calabash Lakes rezoning approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved rezoning Phase 4 of Calabash Lakes from R-8 residential to planned residential development (PRD).

    First-reading approval of the ordinance to amend the town zoning map came at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Aug. 1.

    Town commissioner Greg Davis, who lives in Calabash Lakes, said Phase 4 of the community will be built exactly the same way as Phase 3 using the same setbacks and other criteria.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases July 25 during a grand jury session:

    Grady Arnold Barnard, two counts of first-degree sexual offense/child, four counts of indecent liberties with child.

    Amanda Michelle Benton, obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor second-degree trespass.

  • Calabash Fire Department July 2016

    During the month of July 2016, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 178 calls: 10 structure fires, two woods/brush fires, seven fire alarms, eight motor vehicle accidents, five water/boat rescues, an investigation, 16 public assistance calls, four other calls and 125 EMS first-response calls.