Today's News

  • Brunswick Community College Southport campus nearing completion

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams spoke with great pride recently about the final stages of construction at the college’s Southport campus.

    After college officials defaulted the initial general contracting company, the college hired Barnhill Contracting Co. and completion of the college’s Southport campus is expected in the coming months.

    Initially, the annex at the Southport campus was scheduled to open to January but the date was pushed back on at least two occasions.

  • Citizen’s novel challenge not eligible per revised district policy

     BOLIVIA — A challenge to a controversial novel for the second time in as many years is not eligible for consideration based on a revised policy by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Frankie Wood attempted to formally challenge Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which is included in the library of West Brunswick High School.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in motorcycle crash

     An Ocean Isle Beach man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a tree along Bricklanding Road on April 17.

    Forty-four-year-old Al Porter of East Long Acres Road was pronounced dead on the scene after his motorcycle struck a tree around a sharp curve near Bricklanding Road and Goose Lane, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Crocker said the weather was a possible cause as the area experienced heavy rain throughout the day of Porter’s death.

  • Teams, participants gear up for annual Relay for Life

     SHALLOTTE — Each year, at the end of April and early May, thousands of pink- and purple-clad people file into the football stadium area at West Brunswick High School to celebrate Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.

    This Friday is expected to be much of the same as thousands are expected to file into M.H. Rourk Stadium on West Brunswick’s Shallotte campus for one of the area’s most well-attended events, the 30th Annual Relay for Life.

  • Shallotte board approves development plans

    SHALLOTTE — It was a busy night for the Shallotte Board of Aldermen at its monthly meeting April 7, as five separate public hearings were held to rezone one property to multi-family, approve conditional use permits for construction of two multi-family developments and approve two conditional use permits for a retail business and boat storage facility.


    Timberwood Trace Apartments

  • Sunset Beach council scrutinizing proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun combing through the town’s proposed budget document for fiscal year 2015-16.

    At the first of at least two budgetary work sessions this week, council convened Tuesday morning, April 28, to question department heads about line-item expenditures for the proposed $5,834,663 budget for the upcoming fiscal year that takes effect July 1 and tentatively calls for a 6-cent tax increase, from 10.5 cents to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

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  • Waterway Art Association 24th exhibit opens May 5

    The Waterway Art Association will present its 24th annual art exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 through 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Renowned watercolor artist Roger Tatum of Southport will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 5-7 at the SBIC.

    The artist’s reception and awards presentation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

  • GFWC-SBI Woman's Club Juleps & Jazz Derby Fund Racer takes off May 2

    A local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is toasting this weekend’s Kentucky Derby with an event of its own.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will have its second annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    The $25-per-person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar with jazzy juleps and live streaming of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

  • Sunset Beach Police news April 25 2015

    The Sunset Beach Police Department made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Myles Logan Swaim, 19, of 103 Ash Circle, Moyok, was charged April 25 with assault on a female.

  • ONDBEAT: 'HOA Wars' author shines floodlight on gated communities

    Robert Stern knows the intricacies of living in a gated community.

    After all, he resided and served on the board in one of those exclusive enclaves ruled by a homeowners association (HOA) back in Henderson, Nev. Locally, Stern owns another house in Ocean Ridge Plantation, another HOA-POA community.

    A few years ago, through his HOA residency and involvement in the Silver State, Stern found himself embroiled in legal battles with what he deemed power-hungry board members who summoned their lawyer when he questioned their modus operandi.