Local News

  • Tropical storm warning in effect

    A tropical storm warning and flood watch are in effect for Brunswick County and other portions of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

    At 8 a.m. Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Andrea was about 620 miles southwest of Wilmington as it moves up the coast toward the area, according to the National Weather Service.

    Rain and wind are expected to increase, especially Friday morning, although it is too early to provide exact wind, rain and surge forecast.

  • McIntyre denounces MSA decision

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre is strongly denouncing a decision by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to exclude Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “OMB’s decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense,” McIntyre is quoted in a press release issued Wednesday.

    “Anyone who knows our region understands that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area and not part of South Carolina,” McIntyre said.

  • Shallotte teen arrested for murder of 4-month-old

    A Shallotte teenager has been arrested for the murder of a 4-month-old child.

    Randy Lee Richardson, 19, of Pelican Place in Shallotte was brought into custody at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday for the May 28 murder of 4-month-old Colton Richardson.

    He is being held without bond at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    More details will be released as they become available, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Oak Island native helps seniors with ‘Ageless Yoga’

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    When one thinks of yoga, he or she often pictures a room full of young, limber people twisting their bodies into positions called “cat pose” and “downward dog.”

    But Beverly Weinstein’s classes are different. Because her focus is on relaxation and stretching, she calls her practice “Ageless Yoga.”

    Weinstein’s parents built a house on Oak Island in the ’60s. She grew up in Brunswick County and attended Southport High School.

  • West grad to compete in NBC's new singing reality show

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    A young man from Ash is living out in Los Angeles, hoping for his big break—and he just may have found it.

    Jesse Mayo, a 2010 graduate of West Brunswick High School, will be featured on NBC’s new singing reality show “The Winner Is.”

    A preview of the show will air Monday, June 10, just after the “The Voice.”

  • ‘Tammy’: The reel deal

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last week, traffic on Main Street slowed to a crawl as people tried to get a look at the hustle-and-bustle outside The Grille. Despite all the work going on outside, the restaurant was not open. The sign simply read “closed for Tammy.”

    For anyone who may be wondering exactly who “Tammy” is, she is the main character in a movie of the same name.

  • Shallotte restaurant and restaurateur make debut in next summer’s film ‘Tammy’

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last Friday, Sal Rubio’s day started out anything but glamorous.

    “It was an average day,” he said. “I took the kids to school, had to take two sick cats to the vet, and then I came home to a broken air-conditioner and had to take care of that.”

    But by 5 p.m., Rubio was dressed and ready to film scenes for the movie “Tammy,” a comedy based on the screenplay by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone.

  • GOT-CHA!

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Jimmy Price can remember the day he got hooked on fishing. He was just a young boy—about 7 or 8 years old—and was fishing with his parents and brother on the old Southport fishing pier, when a large fish broke the line on his fishing rod.

    After the line broke, he stood beside his family’s car and cried.

  • Students can ‘Dig Into Reading’ this summer at the library

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    If you’re worried about your children being bored this summer, Kelly James has the answer: Get them to pick up a book.

    James, a library assistant at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte, is in charge of youth services. One of her major projects is the library’s summer reading club.

    The summer reading club is a countywide initiative, targeting children ages 4 to 12 to keep them reading through the summer so that they don’t lose reading skills acquired during the school year.

  • Forest Service says Thursday wildfire still hot, but contained

    By Renee Sloan and Brian Slattery