Today's News

  • New superintendent takes questions from the community

    After being introduced as Brunswick County’s new superintendent, Dr. Edward Pruden Jr. took the floor and answered community and media questions for about an hour.

    When asked why he wanted the position, Pruden said it was part of his career path’s “natural progression.”

    Pruden has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator in Virginia during his near 40-year career in education. He has served as the assistant superintendent for instructional administration since July 2007.

  • Three to be charged with Sunset Beach thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—Charges are pending against three South Carolina residents in connection with two break-ins and thefts reported in March in Sea Trail.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Tuesday detective Woody Dunn is going to charge the suspects with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny related to the incidents reported March 7 and March 8 at a Sea Trail restaurant and real estate office.

  • Awareness begins with those brave enough to speak out, regardless of how they sound

    “Migraine attack gives English woman a Chinese accent.”

    Sounds like one of those phony news stories you’d come across while browsing an “entertainment journalism” website, right? Or maybe you’d see it sprawled across the cover of a similar print product while scanning the racks at the check-out lanes at the supermarket right next to another headline that claims Elvis was last spotted going for a jog in a secluded neighborhood in southern New Mexico?

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves four-foot side-yard fences

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has unanimously approved an amendment to allow 4-foot-tall open fences in side yards for corner lots abutting street rights-of-way.

    In addition to the height restriction, fences must be in buildable portions of lots and at least 35 percent open.

  • Mother of abducted kids strives to keep the faith

    Amy Smith, computer mouse in hand, scanned the Internet, searching the umpteenth time for any snippet, guideline or miracle to help bring her little boys home.

    It’s become a daily ritual for the Ash mother, whose sons—7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan—are being kept by her husband without her permission in his native Canada, a seemingly amicable North American country where the odds and judgments have been mounting against her.

  • New chief chosen for Calabash EMS

     CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services has a new chief.

    William “Buzz” McManus was recently elected by the EMS board and has been on the job for about three weeks.

    McManus, 63, previously worked for about 35 years in telecommunications in the foreign services with the U.S. State Department, which involved extensive travel overseas.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge kicks indoor smoking habit

    CALABASH—It was no April Fool’s joke when Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 officially gave up smoking April 1.

    That was the date the lodge’s new rule prohibiting smoking inside its building on Carter Drive took effect.

  • Building HOPE bike rally gets ready to roll Saturday from Shallotte

    Building HOPE Ministries and Beach House Harley-Davidson are sponsoring the annual “Riding for Hope” ride and rally from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot at Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    The event is described as an evangelistic, fundraising outreach for prisoners’ children (Angel Tree kids).

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on April 5:

    Jacky Lane Babson, 50, of 5810 Old King Road, Ash; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony conspire sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance.

  • Brunswick County District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of Brunswick County District Criminal Court on March 31, April 1, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 31

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Wesley Keith Adkins, PG misdemeanor larceny.