Today's News

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Support efforts to end domestic violence

    This past Saturday, Hope Harbor Home had its fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally.

    The event is designed to raise money for Hope Harbor Home clients to pay for legal representation when seeking restraining orders and pressing criminal charges against their abusers. The process for victims seeking to reclaim their lives and personal safety does not end when they put physical distance between themselves and their abusers.

  • Calabash special meeting rescheduled


    A special meeting in Calabash to discuss proposed plan changes in Devaun Park has been rescheduled from Sept. 29.

    The meeting will now take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 6 in Sanborn Hall at Town Hall, 882 Persimmon Road.

    The rescheduling has been requested to allow additional time to notify members of the Calabas Planning & Zoning Board that this will be a joint workshop. Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

  • System pressure advisory lifted in Sunset Beach

    The system pressure advisory issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Public Utilities has been lifted, according to a Sunset Beach town press release issued Thursday morning, Sept. 29.

    BCPU had experienced a 12-inch water main failure at the intersection of Park Road and Sunset Boulevard North in Sunset Beach.

    Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 27, BCPU was in the process of shutting off the water supply from N.C.179/904 and Seaside Road intersection to Clubhouse Road at Sea Trail, according to a town press release.

  • 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.