Today's News

  • 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.


    “Through it All” by Christine King Farris. A unique, intimate portrait of the Kings, written as only a beloved elder sibling of Dr. Martin L King Jr. could, with insight, tenderness and wisdom.

  • Bell tower named in honor of Dinah Gore

    Twenty-four perfectly tuned bronze carillon bells rang out a medley of timeless hymns at the dedication of the Dinah E. Gore Bell Tower, part of Campbell University’s Anna Gardner and Robert B. Butler Chapel on Nov. 1.

    The tower is named in honor of Sunset Beach resident Dinah E. Gore.

  • The First Tee previews school day programming

    Dr. Bill Harrison, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, visited Cinghiale Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, to preview the ongoing school day programming of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    Also on hand were Superintendent Katie McGee, Faye Nelson, executive director of elementary education; Les Tubb, career and technical education director and director of athletics; Title 1 director Pam Collins the principals of the six elementary schools that are participating in school day programming and members of the board of education.

  • 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:

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and larceny on North Windward, Supply; suspect kicked victim’s front door off its hinges.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Second Avenue in Supply; suspect kicked in victim’s door and entered residence.

    •Larceny on High Hill Drive in Shallotte; suspect stole victim’s four-wheeler.

  • Sheepshead, black drum fun fish to target

    Water temperatures remain a little higher than normal and inshore fishing continues to be good. In addition to the usual suspects this time of the year (such as red drum, speckled trout and flounder) two fish that have been hitting consistently are sheepshead and black drum.


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

    •Breaking and entering to storage room on Craven Street.

    •Shannon Renee Benton, 30, of Sunset Beach; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Andrew Thomas Smeltzer, 35, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

  • Congratulations to Principal of the Year

    When Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee first met Bob Grimes, he left a lasting impression, she recalled.

    Since then, Grimes appears to be leaving an impression on just about everyone he meets, including his peers in the school district.

    Friday, Grimes, the North Brunswick High School principal, was named Brunswick County’s Principal of the Year.

    Grimes was bestowed the honor for a number of achievements, including leading NBHS from being a school in turnaround status to one that had the largest increase in proficiencies for 2008-2009.

  • Town seeks retribution for accusation against officer

    Saying they needed to show support for employees, Shallotte aldermen voted last week to send a letter to District Attorney Rex Gore asking him to pursue charges against the person who accused police officer Kyle Jones of assault last month.

    Gore said this week charges will not be filed against Jones, but he cannot make a decision about charges against the accuser until he receives the written SBI report.

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.