Today's News

  • Indoor recreation awaits at Planet Fun

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is a newly opened venue for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Draft calendar for 2010-2011 school year ready for approval

    The draft 2010-2011 school year calendar for Brunswick County Schools is complete and ready to be approved by the board of education.

    Deanne Meadows, executive director of personnel, presented the calendar to the policy/curriculum committee Tuesday afternoon. Staff members and parents representing each school put the calendar together.

  • Committee discusses bus stop diversion request

    Board members are not recommending approval of a request to divert a bus stop near a daycare facility.

    The board received a request from Christine Hewett, owner of Apples & Bananas Day Care in Calabash, asking the bus stop on Tree Acres Road be changed to the daycare facility.

    While the diversion is .16 miles, about 800 feet, the daycare is on an unimproved private section of Tree Acres Circle.

  • Study outlines DWI problems in Brunswick County; next step: a strategic plan

    There are a lot of misconceptions about who is drinking and driving in Brunswick County, Jayne Mathews, a member of the Brunswick’s Alcohol Fatality Committee (AFC), said Friday morning at a meeting of the Brunswick Resource Coalition.

  • Breaking-and-entering cases reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several breaking-and-entering incidents reported in the New Year.

    On Jan. 1, breaking and entering with property damage was reported on Sixth Street on the Sunset Beach island.

    On Jan. 5, two other breaking-and-entering incidents with property damage were reported at two residences on East Main Street.

    On Jan. 7, breaking and entering with property damage was reported on Canal Drive on the island.

    On Jan. 8, breaking and entering with property damage was reported at Colony II.

  • It's all about family for West Brunswick sisters

    Krystal, Samantha and Heather Von Wald are about as close as sisters can be.

    The girls grew up on the move; their dad was a part of the National Guard. With about a dozen moves under their belts, the girls realize the importance of family and sticking together.

    Now settled in Brunswick County for the past six years, Krystal, 18, said it’s the longest their family has been in one place.

    “It’s a miracle,” she said.

    Krystal joined JROTC her freshman year at West Brunswick High School after seeing what her dad did in the military.

  • Early College algebra class scores 100 percent on end-of-course test

    Becky Willis’ last-semester Algebra II class is the model of perfection.

    Students in her Early College High School math class scored 100 percent on the North Carolina End-of-Course test.

    “I had an amazing group of students,” Willis said at the school’s awards ceremony Friday.

    Vicky Snyder, principal of the Early College High School, said scoring 100 percent means “the teacher prepared everyone of those students to excel in math, to go beyond memorization of problems to understanding and problem solving,” she said.


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

    •Larceny of beer at Scotchman on Whiteville Road; suspect stole two 12-packs of beer, valued at $27.98.

    •Vandalism at West Brunswick High School; suspect spray-painted activity buses and flattened tires, causing $1,000 in damage to the buses’ exteriors, $400 in damage to a bus tire and $100 in damage to bus wiring.

  • Holden Beach police reports

    Holden Beach Police officers charged the following suspects last week, which are taken from a police department press release:

    •Sean Winfield Messenger, 39, of Miami Beach, Fla.; charged with driving while license revoked.

    •Stephen Edgar Judd, 24, of Charlotte; charged with driving while license revoked.

    •Sonny Duane Pope, 39, of Supply; charged with driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving and driving while impaired.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Secret peeping and property damage on Eighth Street in Southport; suspect drilled a hole into the side of victim’s home, which opened into the victim’s shower.

    •Felony possession of cocaine and resisting a public official on Stanley Trail in Calabash; suspect fled on foot and did not comply with deputy’s commands.