Today's News

  • Mayor, commissioners re-elected without opposition in Ocean Isle Beach

    Running unopposed for re-election, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith received 118 votes in this year’s municipal election and will serve another two-year term.

    She has served as mayor since 2003, and served as a commissioner from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    “It makes you feel good that people hopefully think I’m doing a good job, and I will continue to try and do that,” Smith said Tuesday night.

    Smith said her goal for the next two years is to keep the town fiscally responsible and keep the beach nourished.

  • Cedar Grove's Peer Court program begins

    Peer Court is underway at Cedar Grove Middle School.

    A diversion and intervention program, Peer Court provides first-time student offenders opportunities to improve behavior and amend actions by working with counselors, attending tutoring sessions and learning life skills.

  • New books available at Hickmans Crossroads Library

    The following books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt. Accused of murdering a police officer he held responsible for the tragic death of his wife, Professor Dennis Thomas implores high-profile lawyer Ben Kincaid to defend him.

  • New books available at Rourk

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “There Goes The Bride” by M.C. Beaton. An Agatha Raisen mystery.

    “The Chocolate Cupid Killings” by Joanna Carl. A Chocolate mystery with tasty chocolate trivia.

    “Forgiven” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Impossible to forget long after the story is done.

    “Wanted” by Shelley Shepard Gray. A beautiful love story in the “Sisters of the Heart” series.

  • Brunswick youth participate in turkey show

    Turkeys are often the first thing that pops in your mind when you start talking about the Thanksgiving holiday season, and turkeys were definitely on the mind of many youth on Friday, Oct. 23. However, they weren’t thinking about eating them, they were in the process of showing them.

    More than 190 youth gathered at the North Carolina State Fair to show off their top turkey hens they raised while participating in the North Carolina Youth Market Turkey Show Program. Brunswick County 4-H youth once again rose to the occasion and made a strong showing at the competition.

  • BCC's Small Business Center completes research project

    The Small Business Center at Brunswick Community College recently completed a six-month research project that was funded by the South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100. The result is a comprehensive study of entrepreneurs in Brunswick County. The final report is available via the Brunswick Community College Web site at www.brunswickcc.edu.

  • Shallotte Middle KEYS program inducts new recruits

    The Keeping Every Youth Successful (KEYS) program at Shallotte Middle School inducted 37 new recruits at a ceremony Sept. 30.

    The ceremony featured guest speaker Col. James Payne, a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Payne has received various honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Second-degree trespassing on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect entered victim’s business after being told not to do so.

    •Larceny on Mercantile Drive in Leland; suspect stole victim’s purse from a break room.

    •Property damage on Red Bug Road in Shallotte; suspect damaged victim’s mailbox.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, deputies made two drug arrests, including charges for possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and trafficking cocaine.

    K-9 deputies located 1 gram of marijuana and 117 grams of cocaine. Deputies patrolled communities in Leland and Bolivia.