Today's News

  • County to begin accepting LIEAP applications Dec. 1

    Brunswick County will begin accepting applications Dec. 1 for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are older than 60 or disabled.
    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Carolina Shores work session canceled

    The town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners monthly pre-agenda meeting for Dec. 7 has been canceled.

    The board’s monthly meeting is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, when new Mayor Joyce Dunn and newly elected commissioners Bill Brennan, Gere Dale and Mary Timothy will take the oath of office.

  • Open house Dec. 10 on Ocean Isle Beach Park

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which is beginning phase two construction for Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach, is hosting a drop-in public open house Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    This meeting will offer citizens an opportunity to provide valuable information to parks and recreation representatives as well as park planners about the future development at Ocean Isle Beach Park.

  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thompson

    Guest Columnist

    Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions. The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.

    Small business, on the other hand, came in second with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 13

    Obtain property by false pretense; some reported being the victim of a scam.

    Larceny of merchandise from the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart.

    Nov. 14

    Jacob Lee Sealy was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Two-vehicle traffic crash on Ploof Road and U.S. 17 resulting in property damage.

  • You decide: How can North Carolina use economic trends?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As I travel the state giving presentations about the economy, there’s one common trait I find regardless of where I am: People are anxious about the economy.

    Although there’s been economic improvement since the Great Recession, I sense uneasiness among many people about how long the gains will last. Many believe the economic future is no longer in their hands and it is subject to forces and actions beyond their control.

  • Shallotte Police report

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

    Nov. 18

    Communicating threats and damage to personal property; someone threw pictures at the victim at a Paisley Drive apartment.

    Nov. 20

    Melissa Leigh Patton, 20, Ridge Road SW, Supply, was cited on a charge of concealing merchandise while still on the premises of Belk.

  • Sunset Beach council makes correct call on vacancy

    While it may not be clear whether Terry Johnson’s resignation from Sunset Beach Town Council after serving two years of a four-year term was expected, it seemed most were taken by surprise when he tendered it on Election Day, Nov. 3.

  • Give thanks for humor and understanding

    There’s a website I visit from time to time and follow on Facebook called Overheard in the Newsroom. The point of it is to deliver “the best overheard comments and conversations in any newsroom.” I find it’s always good for a laugh.

    Since about a third of my friends are current or former journalists, I stumble across many snippets of conversations on this site that are eerily similar, if no identical, to conversations I’ve either taken part in or overheard in newsrooms where I’ve worked going on 25 years now.

  • Trains and tractors on track for holiday events

    Model trains are rolling into their respective stations at two venues this holiday season.

    The first event has been making whistle-stops during November, including Thanksgiving weekend at Calabash Marketplace at 10050 Beach Drive.

    The marketplace is partnering with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club to expand train exhibits during the month of Thanksgiving.

    Highlights include eight operating layouts. Thanksgiving weekend, the club will be hosting workshops and clinics.