Today's News

  • Superior Court

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Thomas H. Lock with prosecutors Chris Thomas, Erin Holden, Brooke Smith and Chris Gentry adjudicated the following cases during Superior Court sessions on Jan. 29 and Feb. 4:

    William F. Ballard, 48, of 310 N. Kerr Ave., Wilmington; PG misdemeanor larceny, NC DOC 120 days active; PG three counts probation violation, Brunswick County Jail 35 days active with credit for time served.

    Steven James Bell, 31, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; PG probation violation, extended probation 24 months.

  • Local woman seeks to start support group for visually impaired

    Regina Evans of Shallotte is on a double mission: to educate the public that visually impaired people can lead normal lives and to provide a support system for the visually impaired and their families in Brunswick County.

    She has the experience to do just that.

    Evans lived in Georgetown, S.C., for 14 years before moving to Shallotte. There, she served on the S.C. Council for People with Disabilities, advocating for services for visually impaired children and adults.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • In cold weather, anglers can target redfish

    The weather has been harsh on area fishermen, but that hasn’t stopped some anglers from getting out and catching a few winter redfish anyway.

    Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports redfish have been biting well in the shallows despite bad conditions.

    “I fished (last week) and it was absolutely brutal, cold and windy,” Dickson said. “We only were out there about an hour but caught four small redfish 16-18 inches.”

  • New owners spell new hope for Carolina National

    In the last few years, unhappy changes have occurred in golf courses in Brunswick County and the upper Grand Strand. Some courses have closed; others are in obvious financial straights with weed-filled courses and empty parking lots.

    To add to the angst, several restaurants at golf facilities have closed or operate with limited hours.

  • Point--Decision was good

    Last week, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen made an appropriate decision to cut short their hiring process and award the position to interim town administrator, Albert Hughes.

    They recognized they had a unique opportunity in promoting Hughes to the position—an opportunity not always available to elected officials who serve in the hiring role for the town’s top paid position.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 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, Feb. 3

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Ashantia L. Ballard, first-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Snow falls in Brunswick

    The most significant snowfall along the coast in 11 years occurred Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

    The NWS is reporting as much as 5 inches of snow in parts of Brunswick County Saturday morning.

    According to NWS reports, spotters reported 5 inches in Oak Island and Southport, 4.5 inches in Boiling Spring Lakes, 4 inches in Leland and 3 inches in Shallotte

    Local children were taking advantage of the accumulation to build snowmen, have snowball fights and make angels.

  • Bonds form over small things, but they can last a lifetime

    Last week, I begrudgingly said a final goodbye to a friend from my younger days who knew how to make me smile no matter what was going on in my life.

    I’d known Konji Harrison since we started sixth grade at South Brunswick Middle School, where I became used to seeing his infectious grin every day. I marveled at the number of friends he made on a regular basis—black, white, male, female, it didn’t matter.

  • Re-enactments and panel discussion highlight 145th anniversary of fight for Fort Anderson and Town Creek


    WINNABOW—Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Fort Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Fort Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.