Today's News

  • West JV falls to New Hanover in pitching duel

    WILMINGTON—New Hanover was the beneficiary of a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 2-1 victory over West Brunswick in a junior varsity baseball game March 4 at Buck Hardee field.

    West Brunswick tied the game in the top half of the sixth but surrendered the game-winning run to the Wildcats in a game that was played mostly in 30-degree temperatures. New Hanover pitcher Andrew Handley shut down the Trojans in a complete-game effort. Handley gave up five hits over seven innings, did not issue a walk and struck out seven Trojan batters.

  • Is a four-day school week the answer to the public schools’ financial crisis?

    Is reducing the school week to four days an answer to the financial crisis facing some school districts across the country?

    More than 100 of those districts say yes.

    According to a Wall Street Journal article, more than 100 school districts in 17 states are operating with a four-day schedule.

    A school district in Minnesota will begin four-day weeks at the beginning of next school year. A quote from the district’s superintendent said the district faces a $1.3 million deficit and considers it a last resort.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners hope to see driveway construction begin soon

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners are hoping construction of a driveway off N.C. 179 will begin within the next 30 days.

    Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a 30-day extension to OI Investments for the construction of an entrance to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach, off N.C. 179.

    William Niblock, of OI Investments, spoke to commissioners Tuesday and explained all driveways to The Retreat were initially to be constructed by Crescent Resources LLC, the developer of the commercial property at The Retreat.

  • Holden Beach dredging could take place over Easter holiday weekend

    Holden Beach officials don’t know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a several-day break from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet during Easter weekend.

    The Corps is scheduled to dredge the inlet some time during the first two weeks of April, which coincides with Easter vacation—one of the busiest times of the year on Holden Beach and Oak Island.

    The inlet is between those two barrier islands, and many commercial and recreational mariners use the inlet to go offshore.

  • Virginia Williamson library Web site wins contest with engaging, interactive material

    SUPPLY—Julie Sloup wants her students to know the resources available in the school library include more than books.

    The Virginia Williamson Elementary School librarian incorporates research tools and materials on the library’s Web site and also posts links to educational sites and daily games to incorporate research skills.

  • My first taste of cheesy grits was served with red-eye gravy

    Before ever tasting shrimp and grits, I must admit I was more than a little bit apprehensive about it. Grits were something you only ate at breakfast with your eggs and ham or bacon, or so I thought.

    I love shrimp, whether it’s boiled, fried, sautéed, baked or grilled. But combining it with grits? “No way,” I said. Boy, was I wrong.


    Shallotte Police have arrested two suspects believed to have been involved in several breaking and enterings of coin-operated machines in town over the past couple of weeks.

    Police charged Ann Marie Jackson, 26, of 718 Magnolia Drive, Sunset Beach, and

    James Frederick Burriss, 37, of 4405 Rounding Run Road, Shallotte, with possession of burglary tools, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and breaking and entering into a coin-operated machine.

    They were taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on $15,000 secured bonds.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Maco Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s boat, motor and trailer from yard.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Sea Wind Court in Supply; suspect entered victim’s window and stole a refrigerator, a tool box and tools.

  • 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 March 1-7, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Seashore Hills, Cedar Grove, Magnolia Greens, Compass Point, Shell Point Acres and Tarlanding.

    K-9 deputies issued nine uniform citations and made six drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Daniel James Ray, 33, of 320 Kudzo Lane, Dallas; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.