Local News

  • Craig Woolard Band plays Holden Beach on Sunday night

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is rounding the bend into its last few weeks for the season.

    The next featured concert is Craig Woolard Band at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, Aug. 11, at the Holden Beach Pavilion. The band is also scheduled to perform 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street in Sunset Beach.

  • Fifth annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is tonight

    Area personalities will be twinkling, twirling and two-stepping Friday night to help Brunswick County college students have a brighter future.

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation's fifth annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars begins at 6 p.m. at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.

  • Commissioners to talk water/sewer expansion costs at Aug. 19 public hearings

    County commissioners scheduled public hearings for their Aug. 19 meeting to discuss creating a set fee to charge property owners when new water and sewer expansion comes to their area.

    “One of your goals was to increase water and sewer customer numbers,” public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

  • County puts lawsuits on hold to work with Bank of America on developments

    Brunswick County will put a number of bond lawsuits involving some developments on hold as part of a deal with the new owner of those developments.

    In May 2012, Brunswick County went to court in an effort to complete infrastructure improvements in Mark Saunders’ various developments throughout the county.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted to call bonds for several of Saunders’ properties in March 2012 and sued the bonding company, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co., in U.S. District Court.

  • Holliday returning to Hooper Hill after 32 years in Army

    After 32 years in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Major Charles Holliday Sr. will shed the impressive title and retire.

    Then “Doc” will return home to Leland.

    Holliday grew up in the Hooper Hill area near Northwest.

    He has plenty of stories of his youth in northern Brunswick County, where he followed his grandparents, John and Mildred Jacobs, around their farm to help raise tobacco and other crops, which included taking care of the mule that pulled the plow.

  • Leftover Brunswick Community Hospital funds turned into local health grant

    Brunswick County has almost a half-million dollars to spend on health-care projects and will accept proposals for funding throughout August.

    County commissioners created the Brunswick County Health-Related Grant at their Monday, Aug. 5, meeting with funds given to the county by the Brunswick County Hospital Authority.

    “The Brunswick County Hospital Authority was the landlord of the old hospital,” county manager Ann Hardy said.

  • Rupp wins collegiate surfing national championship

     Nick Rupp, an Ocean Isle Beach native, recently captured the men’s individual title at the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championships held in Dana Point, Calif.

    Rupp, a sophomore at UNC Wilmington, was the captain of the Seahawks’ team and captured the second individual title for UNCW in the last four years. Rupp’s teammate and lifelong friend, Michael Powell, is also an Ocean Isle Beach native.

  • Road to Recovery offers cancer patients transportation

     The American Cancer Society (ACS) has brought a program to Brunswick County to help cancer patients get to and from treatments that can save their lives.

    In most major metropolitan areas and in many small communities, the ACS has a corps of trained volunteer drivers through the program called Road to Recovery. These volunteers use their own vehicles and gas while donating their time to take patients to chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or an initial consultation to set up those treatments. The service is offered at no cost to patients.

  • Loflin faces terminal illness after lifetime of service

     Judy Loflin received the news last month she has pancreatic and liver cancer.

    “There’s nothing we can do at this point,” the doctors told her.

    Since then, Loflin has spent her time preparing for the end of her life.

    In all facets of her life, Judy has served. She was a manager at Kirby’s Steakhouse in Shallotte for several years before stints as cafeteria manager at two Brunswick County elementary schools, Union and Waccamaw.

  • Winnabow man named North Carolina’s top farmer

     Following a stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Wilbur Earp returned to his home in Winnabow, back to where he was most comfortable: the farm.

    Earp sought financial assistance to purchase land and begin his career as a farmer. When he applied for the loan, he was asked how much acreage would be used for tobacco farming.

    When he told the potential lenders he didn’t plan on growing what was then the state’s leading cash crop, they quickly dismissed his application and advised him to seek financial help elsewhere.