Today's News

  • Property value drop expected in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — In this revaluation year, the town is anticipating a drop in assessed values that will need to be taken into account as budgetary planning gets under way for fiscal 2015-2016.

    That was the forecast at town commissioners’ annual budget retreat last Friday, March 13, at town hall.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall also outlined the statewide business privilege license tax will be eliminated July 1, and the town is also expecting a decline in Powell Bill revenue as the state fuel tax system changes.

  • Leland man charged with sex crimes

     A Leland man faces felony charges in Brunswick County after his arrest Friday, March 6.

    Leland detectives arrested 35-year-old Kenneth McKnight of Ryefield Court and charged him with one count of statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old, one count of sexual activity by a substitute parent and one count of crimes against nature, Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a March 10 news release.

    Humphries said detectives, “weren’t looking to charge anyone else in the case at this time.

  • Fire destroys Winnabow home

     An electrical fire engulfed a home in Winnabow on Friday afternoon, March 13.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said an accidental electrical fire started inside a home on Van Galloway Trail during the middle of the day, destroying the home.

    The home was a total loss, Garner said, but a man inside the home was able to escape.

    No one was injured.

    Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department was the primary fire and rescue responder, Garner said.

  • Calabash remembers late Mayor Keith Hardee

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has paid tribute to late Mayor Keith Hardee by presenting plaques in his memory to his children.

    The ceremony came at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting March 10.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said it was her honor to present to Hardee’s children “this plaque commemorating the love that this board, this mayor and the townsfolk” have for Hardee, who died Jan. 12.

  • The Kennedys bring folk-music Camelot back to Brunswick County

    The Kennedys are popular in Brunswick County.

    Just ask Jeannie Dufour, orchestrator of Listen Up Brunswick County, who has lined up the acclaimed vocal duo for a repeat performance for the local concert series because of the crowd they drew here last March.

    “After their performance last year, we knew we found a match made in heaven,” Dufour said. “They were so well received, we immediately asked them back again for another evening of great music and entertainment.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 13-16

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests recently. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 13

    Patrick Bryan Driscoll Miller, 23, of 3307 Wickslow Road, Wilmington, charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

    March 15

    Logan McBride, 31, of 902 Wyndfall Drive, Sunset Beach, charged with larceny from a home on Wyndfall Drive.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of a television and injury to real property at an address on 16th Street.

  • Sunset Beach Fire Department poised for beach patrol

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Fire Department is poised to assume responsibility for oceanfront beach patrol operations.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey had to say about the changeover from public works to his department at the monthly Sunset Beach Town Council workshop Tuesday, March 17.

    Dempsey said he has a staff of part-time people ready to work during the upcoming beach season that launches in just a couple more weeks, Easter weekend, April 4-5.

  • Yea or nay on Avocados?

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    What is it with avocados? People basically use the same logic to decide if they are going to eat them. They are high in fat and calories, but it’s good fat. What about you? Do you shun or crave avocados?

  • Lenten living is a liberating mission

     By Fran Salone-Pelletier

    When I read an article written by Richard M. Gula, director of personnel for the U.S. Province of the Sulpicians, I was taken aback. First, its title, “A Liberating Mission,” struck me. What might he be referencing? Whose mission would it be and how would it be a liberating one? The next sentences really set me on my pins. “We don’t call Jesus ‘the liberator’ for nothing. His liberating presence ... was a sign that God is at work in the world.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    My hometown, Columbia, S.C., was discovered and originally inhabited by a group of brave Irish explorers, who, after a perilous oceanic crossing, sailed up the mighty Santee River until it got so rocky that they had to disembark on the banks of the Congaree River. There they lived and prospered, establishing a ceremonial portion of town called Five Points, and there they began a tradition of celebrating the life and exploits of their beloved St. Patrick.