Today's News

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive locally, but not as many as first anticipated

    BOLIVIA—H1N1 vaccines continue to arrive in Brunswick County along with local health departments across the country, but health officials say they have not received as many as first anticipated.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director, said the county has received about 800 of the nearly 9,000 H1N1 vaccine doses the health department first expected to receive.

  • Water woes: Shingle Tree Acres residents file complaints over water, sewer petitions

    Residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Calabash say they have been asking for water and sewer from the county for years.

    But feeling their voices remain unheard, they recently took their complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development.

    Corrine McCray, a Shingle Tree Acres resident, along with her father-in-law, recently attended a county commissioners meeting to address the lack of basic infrastructure, including water, sewer and roads.

  • Former Brunswick County Sheriff released from prison

    First reported at 2:16 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

    Less than one year after first reporting to federal prison to serve his 16-month prison sentence, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett is a free man.

    Well, sort of.

    Hewett has been released from Butner Federal Correction Complex, where he has been serving his federal obstruction of justice sentence since first reporting for prison Nov. 18, 2008.

  • New events highlight weekend-long Festival By the Sea at Holden Beach

    Several new events will be included in this year’s Festival By the Sea set for this weekend, Oct. 24-25, in Holden Beach.

    Activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and will continue through 5 p.m. Events resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, and end around 4 p.m.

    Remember, this is the only time of the year you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge. In addition to a number of events, there will be more than 120 arts, crafts and food vendors on the island that weekend.

  • Board's decision will have impact on county for years to come

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee’s tenure has been a mix of accomplishments and contention.

    Under McGee’s leadership, dropout rates have been reduced, test scores have gone up and facilities have been constructed and improved.

    But unfortunately, many of the district’s accomplishments have been overshadowed by controversy.


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

    •Police charged Michael Wayne Cooper, 38, of 6713 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, with extortion. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond. Cooper allegedly called the victim and requested money from him saying if he didn’t comply, he would not see a family member again. The family member was never in the presence of the suspect.

  • BCC offers continuing education courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at BCC offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Fall Brawl King Classic set for this weekend

    The Yellowfin/OIFC.com Fall Brawl King Classic, based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, is this weekend.

    Competitors fish either Saturday or Sunday. Competitors declare their intended fish day on their registration form or have until 7 a.m. Saturday to call (910) 253-3474 and leave a message declaring the fish day. If a fish day is not declared, Saturday automatically will be counted as the fish day.

  • Recent cold temperatures are good for fishing

    The cold may not be at the top of your “favorite things” list, but as far as stimulating fall fishing, this is the exact weather we need to get the final push of fish that our area is due.

    The spots certainly will be running in full force by the weekend, as beach water temperatures cool to near 70 degrees. This also means the beach king mackerel fishing should be excellent. Typically just before the water reaches the 60s, the kings will bite good at Shallotte Inlet, so I’m looking for that to take place any day.

  • Many species of fish moving through local waters

    Cooler weather has pushed fall fishing along quickly. Variable winds and weather conditions mean fishing luck changes daily, but it also means a lot of species are moving through our local waters.

    Speckled trout are active inside. Trout hit throughout the year, but middle to late fall is probably being the best time to fish for them. During autumn, specks can be targeted in a variety of ways. They like a moving bait and are schooled up very tightly.