Today's News

  • Ash resident challenges novel used in schools

     For the second time in seven months, Brunswick County Schools is facing another book challenge.

    An official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” was delivered June 30 to Cedar Grove Middle School. The challenge arrived after public discourse regarding the merits of the book and its appropriateness for study as part of the middle school’s honors English and language arts curriculum.

  • OIB fireworks show to return in 2015

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach will continue scheduling an Independence Day fireworks show after the success of the first attempt June 29.

    But next year it plans to host the fireworks during the July 4th weekend instead of the week before.

    Town officials voted unanimously at the Tuesday, July 8, commissioners’ meeting to schedule the 2015 second annual fireworks display Friday, July 3, with a rain date of Sunday, July 5.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    June 28

    Larceny of a utility trailer from a corner lot at Empire Drive and Brunswick Forest Parkway.

    Larceny of construction materials from a site on Mill Creek Loop.

    June 29

    Darryl Christian Spencer, 27, 705 Windsor Drive, Leland, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on U.S. 17 South.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

    Hall, who is represented by Gastonia-based lawyer Arcangela Mazzariello, faces 11 counts of statutory sex offenses, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and a count of forcible sex offense.

  • West Brunswick hires volleyball, baseball coaches

     West Brunswick High School has filled coaching vacancies for volleyball and baseball. The school board on July 1 approved T.J. Spivey to be the baseball coach and Larry Salefsky to be the volleyball coach.

    Bob Hanna has been recommend to be the football coach, but he was not approved July 1 by the school board.



    Salefsky, 28, most recently was the Coastal Carolina University assistant volleyball coach, accepting the job in August 2013. CCU ended the 2013 season 19-12.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    Hurricane Arthur drenched the area July 3, but many golf leagues had their events either before or after that day. Below are summaries submitted by area golf leagues.



  • Prevent heat stroke in the dog days of summer

     Dear friends and fellow golfers, we are in July and August, the hot and humid months, here on the Carolina coast. That’s great because we have the beach, boating, fishing and perhaps a pool to hang out in. We have backyard cookouts and pig roasts and just sitting on the back porch and vegging out with a cool drink and good friends. 

  • Hurricane passes and mullet minnows surge

     The fishing column has been absent the last couple weeks but not because of the lack of fishing action. We are in the peak of our busy season and traffic should remain steady until mid-August. We have just experienced our first close call this season with a hurricane and we should be thankful for the near miss. Folks on the Outer Banks got the worst of it, but it could have been much worse. Let’s hope this is the first and last one we have to deal with this season.

  • A day in the life of a sea turtle volunteer

    By Jim Boyce


    Guest Columnist


  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.