Local News

  • Sea Trail convention center, activity center to close, vacation rentals to end by year’s end

    SUNSET BEACH — Days are numbered for the Sea Trail Convention Center, its Village Activity Center and vacation rentals.

    Resort general manager Eugene Silvestri confirmed this week plans call for the landmark convention center at the longtime resort to close by the end of the year following holiday parties.

    The Sea Trail Village Activity Center pool and exercise facility used mainly by vacationers is to close by the end of November, Silvestri said, and an online resort calendar indicates the last day for vacation rentals and checkout will be Nov. 14.

  • Calabash July 24 concert cancelled

    Due to the weather forecast, the concert by Jim Quick and Coastline scheduled  Tuesday evening, July 24, has been cancelled and rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Calabash Community Park.

  • Southwest Brunswick Branch Library to have grand opening Aug. 13

    The Southwest Brunswick Branch Library will have its grand opening at noon Monday, Aug. 13, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Members of the Brunswick County Library Board of Trustees, Brunswick County commissioners and officials from area towns have been invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

    The library is at 9400 Ocean Highway W. (U.S. 17) in Carolina Shores, just south of Crow Creek Golf Club.

  • Lottery issues alert about new scam

    The N.C. Education Lottery is issuing a warning to players to buy lottery tickets only from authorized lottery retailers to avoid a recent scam involving scratch-off tickets altered to appear as a “winning ticket.”

    In the scam, non-winning scratch-off tickets are altered to make them appear to have matching numbers that win a prize. The altered ticket is then sold, usually at a discount, to unsuspecting players who find out they were scammed when they attempt to claim the prize.

  • Nine injured in three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon

    Nine people were injured, two seriously, in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 17 Monday afternoon.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks woman missing since July 11

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman missing since July 11.
    Coleen Renee Hamilton was last seen that day leaving Calabash Court in Carolina Shores in a light green 2009 Toyota Camry with the North Carolina license plate PAN 2436
    Hamilton, 44, is a 5-foot-6 white woman weighing 164 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Lines at 880-5756 or 911.

  • Woman, dog die in Southport camper fire

    A woman and dog died in a Southport camper fire July 11.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation identified the woman as Ashley Dawn Trivette.

    The Southport Fire Department received the call about the fully involved fire at 6010 Anchor Village at 5:44 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Todd Coring said.

    Crews arrived at 5:49 a.m. and the fire was under control at 6:05 a.m.

    Coring said a man in the camper was able to escape through a window.

  • Two Saturday drowning victims identified

    Two men died within two hours of each other Saturday, July 21, after they got caught in rip currents, first in Sunset Beach and then in Holden Beach.

    According to a Sunset Beach Police Department incident report, 41-year-old Roger Barnhouse of Concord went down in the water after trying to rescue his son who had gone out too far into the ocean about 1 p.m.

    First responders performed CPR on Barnhouse before a medic supervisor took charge, to no avail. His son survived.

  • Weather postpones Sunset Beach Summer Concert until July 29

    The Wednesday, July 18, Sunset Beach Summer Concert featuring PaperWork has been postponed to 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Organizers do not wish to take a chance with all the thunderstorms in the area.


  • Elections board sends early voting matter to state again

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections sent the matter of Sunday early voting to the State Board of Elections with a split 2-2 vote, twice, on choosing a one-stop voting schedule June 19.

    Then Senate Bill 325, a state requirement to move early voting to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, and ending Friday, Nov. 2, became law.

    The bill was ratified by the legislature June 15, vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 26 then overridden by the Senate on June 27.