Today's News

  • Fifth-grader wins Geography Bee at Supply Elementary

    Knowing where Chile is on a world map and some facts about the country’s history was enough for Supply Elementary School fifth-grader Kaleb Ferguson to win first place at the school’s National Geographic Bee.

    For the second year in a row, fourth- and fifth-grade students involved in the geography club at Supply Elementary School competed in the National Geographic Bee, which is open to students in grades four through eight in schools around the nation.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Police Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident and made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and attempted larceny on West First Street;

    •James Vann May, 68 of Hixon, Tenn.; wanted by the state of North Carolina.

  • Gorgeous new redbuds blooming on the horizon

    Last week, I had the opportunity to go to the Green and Growin’ Show in Greensboro and hang out with lots of plant people from all over the state. While the economy continues to struggle, there are some wonderful new plants that will soon find their way into the nursery trade.

    One of the most interesting talks was by Dr. Dennis Werner, a plant breeder at my employer, N.C. State University. Werner worked on coming up with great commercial peach varieties for more than 20 years. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his ample skill to redbuds and butterfly bushes.

  • Brunswick senior golf kicks off 2010 season

    There are dozens of golf activities for people of all ages in Brunswick County.

    Clubs with memberships run tournaments, guest days, member-member events, club championships and mixed events. The Elks, the VFW and various special interest and/or friendship groups sponsor leagues. The Carolinas Golf Association has an active tournament schedule. Most churches and charitable organizations have fundraising events each year.

    One of the best opportunities to play golf in Brunswick County is sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Basketball game to raise money for The Wilmington 10, social justice

    When Cedar Grove Middle School teacher Marty Mentzer heard the story of The Wilmington 10 this past summer, she immediately felt her students could relate.

    Mentzer, a physical education teacher and sponsor of the Basketball Poets, was introduced to the story of The Wilmington 10 this summer at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington.

    She attended a workshop where filmmaker Francine DeCoursey spoke about the documentary she was making on the group and shared ideas of how the movie and the story could be shared in local communities.

  • MISSING PERSON: Nellie Johnson

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing woman.

    Nellie Doaloras Johnson, 34, of 4551 Sweet Bay Drive, Southport, left home between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Jan. 22. She could possibly be around Shallotte or in the Longwood area.

    Anyone with information about Johnson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, 253-2777.

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Mother of inmate who died in jail sues sheriff's office, Ingram

    The mother of the inmate who died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the wrongful death of her son.

    Beverly Vaught, the mother of Senaca Marrell Vaught, who was 32 when he died at the detention center Jan. 23, 2008, sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, detention officers Dustin Riddle, Karl Scoggins and Steven Gerstenmier, Brunswick County, Western Surety Co., Southern Health Partners and Arlene Stanley, according to the lawsuit.

  • Oak Island man killed in single vehicle crash

    An Oak Island man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck when his car ran off the road and flipped several times.

    Travis Derrick Modlin, 25, of 219 N.E. 50th St., Oak Island, was traveling south on N.C. 133 in a 1994 Honda passenger car, according to First Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol. He ran off the road to the left. The car overturned several times, Morris said, before landing on its top.

    Modlin was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died.

    No other vehicles were involved, and no passengers were in the car.

  • Great giveaway targets those in need

    Call it a reverse yard sale, a way to shed good, usable items you no longer need, to give to someone who does.

    Members of First Baptist Church in Shallotte are just calling it The Great New Year Giveaway.

    It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the church at 4486 Main St.

    While it may sound like a free-for-all, the church’s first Great Giveaway is targeting people in need.

    For the past few weeks, the congregation has been collecting donations from people in the community, church pastor Bob Weathers said.