Local News

  • NOAA promotes preparedness as 2018 hurricane season begins June 1

    A named storm formed before the beginning of the hurricane season for a fourth consecutive year, but Brunswick County was more concerned with heavy Memorial Day rains that set records in some areas.

  • Leland man cleared of charges in stabbing case

     Leland man accused of stabbing two people last year has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge C. Ashley Gore voluntarily dismissed simple assault resisting a public officer and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against 55-year-old Norman Marshall Gore of Malmo Loop Road on May 15.

    Gore was arrested Dec. 16 and initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Warrants show he stabbed a woman with a pencil three times, puncturing her skin, and stabbed a man with a butter knife, puncturing his skin.

  • State ABC Commission fines two county businesses

    The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission recently fined two Brunswick County businesses.

    Midway Seafood on Midway Road in Bolivia is required to pay the state a fine of $3,000 by June 8 or serve a 30-day suspension of its permit to sell alcohol for selling malt beverages Jan. 22-30to a person younger than 21, state ABC Commission documents show.

  • Message in a bottle found at Holden Beach helps heal grief

    Katie Lynn Bell of Benton, La., celebrated her 18th birthday March 17, 2017, and was looking forward to graduating in a few months. But Bell died in a two-vehicle collision March 25, 2017, just south of her hometown.

    News of her death and a celebration of her life extended around the country. One of Bell’s favorite singers, Katy Perry, even tweeted a tribute to her.

    Her death prompted her friend Cassidy Williams of Panama City, Fla., to let the world know about Bell and her legacy in a unique way: with a message in a bottle.

  • Bird Island committee takes flight into summer

    SUNSET BEACH — With summer just around the bend, an advisory committee convened last week to put plans into place for another season at Bird Island.

    Weekly walks to the state reserve and summer interns and surveys were among agenda topics at the May 22 meeting that took place in the Sunset Beach Town Hall conference room.

  • Aquarium releases rehabilitated sea turtle

    More than 250 people stood together on the beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on May 23 waiting for a special guest to emerge from a park ranger truck. Members of the Animal Care Team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher maneuvered and lifted their charge from the truck bed and carried it closer to the shore.

  • Carolina Shores boasts solid 6 percent growth

    The town of Carolina Shores population has grown to 4,146 people as of July 1, 2017, which represents 6 percent annual growth. This steady growth keeps Carolina Shores in the lead as the largest town in southern Brunswick County, the largest town on U.S. 17 between Leland and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the fifth largest town in Brunswick County overall.

  • Sunset Beach mayoral candidate forum

    Sunset Beach Town Council will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, during council’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Candidate Greg Weiss will address the council and public by giving a brief introduction of himself and the reasons why he would like to be appointed mayor. Afterward, Weiss will answer questions from council members.

  • Dead bear found on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach

    A black bear was found dead in one of the travel lanes of N.C. 904 early Wednesday, apparently after being struck by a car.

    The bear, estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, was found near the Ascension Drive entrance to the Sunset Ridge community.

    Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said vehicular parts were also found at the scene, leading to speculation the bear was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene.

    Sunset Ridge resident Bob Johns said the incident apparently happened sometime after midnight in the early hours of May 23.

  • Longtime OWA manager Mike Sapp dies

    The community is mourning Mike Sapp, longtime manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, who died Tuesday in Durham.

    Sapp, 64, died from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center, according to information posted on his Facebook page by his daughter, Amy Leighton.