Today's News

  • For Lady Dolphins' new coach, basketball is a family tradition

    Having completed the dribbling drills at the recent Brunswick Community College basketball camp, the small group of players gathered for a huddle before moving on to the next drill. They gave a weak-hearted, low-spirited cheer and then dispersed.

    The coach of those drills called them back. She was dissatisfied with their attitude. So they huddled again. The cheer was louder, but robotic. They tried to disperse again, but the coach made them huddle again. This time, the cheer was enthusiastic, and they moved on to the next drill.

  • Hope Mills rallies, beats Brunswick County for Junior Dixie state title

    SOUTHPORT—The hopes of the Brunswick 13-year-olds Junior Dixie Boys baseball team going to the World Series ended July 23 at Smithville Park as Hope Mills rallied from a 5-0 deficit for an 11-6 victory.

    The victory advanced Hope Mills, a suburb of Fayetteville, to the World Series.

    Brunswick pitcher Jacob Shumate had an easy first inning, as he retired the first three batters in order.

  • Terminal groin bill stalled in committee

    Ocean Isle Beach—Senate Bill 832 is stalled in the N.C. House committee, and Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, went to Raleigh earlier this month to find out why.

    Smith, along with several other local mayors and area representatives, met with Joe Hackney, speaker of the house, hoping to find out why Senate Bill 832, which would make terminal groins legal in North Carolina, has been stalled in the committee on environment and natural resources since May.

  • Getting access to public information is sometimes harder than it should be

    Getting the news out to the public can be a mix of fun and excitement. Sometimes it’s hard; sometimes it’s emotional.

    And sometimes, it can be down right intimidating.

    As a reporter in Kentucky, I was eager to join up with law enforcement one day after receiving a call about an indoor marijuana-growing operation in my hometown. The officers invited me along and told me I was welcome to take pictures of the enterprise, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the area before.

    I showed up with two cameras in tow, a notebook and several pens.

  • Woman bitten by shark at Holden Beach

    A woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach on July 22, according to Holden Beach Police.

    Police said a shark bit a 26-year-old woman around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about 3-4 feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners vote again on planning and zoning board appointments

    HOLDEN BEACH—Two people have been selected for the town’s planning and zoning board—one member and one alternate member—after two votes by town commissioners.

    At their monthly meeting July 14, commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Tony Marwitz to a vacant planning and zoning board seat and Nancy Sullivan to the alternate’s seat.

    But rather than vote vocally, the board voted by ballot.

  • Meet the Cedar Grove principal

    When Cedar Grove Middle School opens its doors for the first time this August, some may recognize a familiar face among its administration.

    Rhonda Benton, principal of Cedar Grove Middle School, a longtime Brunswick County educator, is ready to take on a new chapter to her career.

    “I’m just excited,” she said. “It’s exciting to open a new school. You set the stance for that school. You set the traditions for that school.”

  • Lunchtime doesn't have to be just a can of soup or a sandwich

    When it comes to lunches, most of us just open up a can of soup or throw some deli meat and cheese on some bread and call it lunch. Or maybe we’ll open up some yogurt or cottage cheese and add some fruit or fix a little green salad and wash it all down with a Diet Pepsi. Maybe we’ll just stop at a fast-food diner and eat in or bring it all home.

    Or maybe, we’ll actually think about it, and create an easy and scrumptious salad or sandwich or soup that we couldn’t get at a restaurant.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Melissa Dawn Bass, 24, of 124 NW 23rd St., Oak Island, with driving while impaired. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Joshua Donald Wilson, 24, of 2530 Big Neck Road, Ash, with driving while impaired. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.

    •Prostitution in Hill’s parking lot; suspect propositioned victim and kept following her.

  • Changes to ABCs help more schools make AYP

    Recent changes to the state’s ABCs of Public Education program may have contributed to an increase in adequate yearly progress (AYP) for Brunswick County Schools.

    Fourteen of the 17 schools tested in 2008-2009 made AYP, more than double last year when six of 17 made the mark.

    Retesting for math and reading for students in grades 3-8, as well as science retesting for students in grades 5-8, was included in AYP scores for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year.