Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “O, how full of briers is this working-day world!” As You Like It: Act 1, Scene 3


    There I was, driving along on a recent Sunday, botanizing in rural Fairfield County just north of town here, and I went by a blaze of red. Something in my head said it was too early to be seeing fall colors, so I had to turn around. Wow!

  • Bringing back memories of classic Steak Diane served at tableside


  • McCumbee, McAleer win IMSA race

    Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race Saturday at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

    McCumbee and McAleer led 107 of 147 laps en route to their second victory of the season in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-7.

    “We now close the gap to seven points to the championship leader,” McAleer said.

    Last year, the championship-bound team led 85 laps co-driving for C.J. Wilson Racing.

  • Brunswick Forest gated community plan approved

    LELAND — Leland council members have approved a new gated community in the town after striking down the 2014 ordinance banning them in April.

    Concerned citizens, mostly from Brunswick Forest, filled the town council room for a contentious planning board meeting March 29 and the April 21 town board meeting to argue against amending zoning ordinances that would allow Brunswick Forest to add a gated community in one of the development’s phases.

  • Commissioners’ split vote nixes farm stand operations change

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ split vote Monday denied a change to the Unified Development Ordinance that would have allowed local temporary farm stands to operate for extended periods.

    Commissioners voted 3-2 against changing the limitations on farm stands and farmers markets.

    In the current UDO, farmers can sell their own produce on their own property without a permit, but it is difficult for farmers to have farmers markets or farm stands off of their property

  • Candidate fined for delinquent campaign finance report

    Warren Richard Cox, who is running for a district court judge seat in November’s general election, was assessed a late filing penalty of $500 for a delinquent campaign finance report by the State Board of Elections.

    Cox is seeking the District 13 North Carolina District Court seat held by Judge Pauline Hankins.

    The State Board of Elections notified Cox on June 6 the campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2016 had not been filed by the March 7 due date.

  • Grill blown over by wind blamed for Sunset Beach house fire

     By Lindsay Kriz and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire attributed to a grill blown over by wind broke out Friday, July 15, and quickly spread toward adjacent houses on East Main Street and Canal Drive.

  • North Brunswick’s Jordan Howard in East-West All-Star football game
  • Shallotte Middle teacher resigns amid drug investigation

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium resigned.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the Brunswick County Board of Education approved the resignation of 49-year-old Kelly Higgins Hansen during the executive session of their July 12 regular meeting.

    Hansen’s resignation took effect Wednesday, July 13, the day she was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Longwood man arrested in home break-in, assault

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Longwood man who was wanted in a break-in and assault after a chase Saturday, July 16.

    Patrick Lee Taylor, 34, of Pine Needle Lane broke into a home in the 2100 block of Pine Needle Lane at 9 p.m. July 11 and pointed a gun at a man before punching him in the face, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.