Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Jayne Mathews: Leading the charge for volunteerism

    Many things about volunteerism have changed since Jayne Mathews took over as the director of the county’s volunteer center five and a half years ago.

    The volunteer center is now under the department of emergency services—putting Mathews in charge of resource and volunteer management in the event of a disaster.

    The needs have changed, too.

    In a turbulent economy with double-digit unemployment, Mathews said many local nonprofits and even government agencies need volunteers “just to stop the bleeding in this county.”

  • Golf action

    The team of Liz Boyer, Sue Janovic, Ralph Trimmer and Bob Nobes came in first at 1-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble Jan. 20. Fran Thomas, Rita Dugan, Carola Hornfeck and Larry Boyer were second. Glen Green, Marianne Nobes, Bob Janovic and Chuck Hornfeck were third.


  • Fifth-grader wins Geography Bee at Supply Elementary

    Knowing where Chile is on a world map and some facts about the country’s history was enough for Supply Elementary School fifth-grader Kaleb Ferguson to win first place at the school’s National Geographic Bee.

    For the second year in a row, fourth- and fifth-grade students involved in the geography club at Supply Elementary School competed in the National Geographic Bee, which is open to students in grades four through eight in schools around the nation.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Police Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident and made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and attempted larceny on West First Street;

    •James Vann May, 68 of Hixon, Tenn.; wanted by the state of North Carolina.

  • Gorgeous new redbuds blooming on the horizon

    Last week, I had the opportunity to go to the Green and Growin’ Show in Greensboro and hang out with lots of plant people from all over the state. While the economy continues to struggle, there are some wonderful new plants that will soon find their way into the nursery trade.

    One of the most interesting talks was by Dr. Dennis Werner, a plant breeder at my employer, N.C. State University. Werner worked on coming up with great commercial peach varieties for more than 20 years. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his ample skill to redbuds and butterfly bushes.

  • Brunswick senior golf kicks off 2010 season

    There are dozens of golf activities for people of all ages in Brunswick County.

    Clubs with memberships run tournaments, guest days, member-member events, club championships and mixed events. The Elks, the VFW and various special interest and/or friendship groups sponsor leagues. The Carolinas Golf Association has an active tournament schedule. Most churches and charitable organizations have fundraising events each year.

    One of the best opportunities to play golf in Brunswick County is sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Basketball game to raise money for The Wilmington 10, social justice

    When Cedar Grove Middle School teacher Marty Mentzer heard the story of The Wilmington 10 this past summer, she immediately felt her students could relate.

    Mentzer, a physical education teacher and sponsor of the Basketball Poets, was introduced to the story of The Wilmington 10 this summer at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington.

    She attended a workshop where filmmaker Francine DeCoursey spoke about the documentary she was making on the group and shared ideas of how the movie and the story could be shared in local communities.

  • MISSING PERSON: Nellie Johnson

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing woman.

    Nellie Doaloras Johnson, 34, of 4551 Sweet Bay Drive, Southport, left home between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Jan. 22. She could possibly be around Shallotte or in the Longwood area.

    Anyone with information about Johnson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, 253-2777.

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Mother of inmate who died in jail sues sheriff's office, Ingram

    The mother of the inmate who died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the wrongful death of her son.

    Beverly Vaught, the mother of Senaca Marrell Vaught, who was 32 when he died at the detention center Jan. 23, 2008, sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, detention officers Dustin Riddle, Karl Scoggins and Steven Gerstenmier, Brunswick County, Western Surety Co., Southern Health Partners and Arlene Stanley, according to the lawsuit.