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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office earns national accreditation

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has secured accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. for the first time.

    Awarded the accreditation July 28, Brunswick County’s sheriff’s office is one of only six sheriff’s offices in North Carolina to receive it.

  • Craft beer flourishes and flows at local brew venues

    If it’s Thursday, customers are thirsty at the Lowes Foods Beer Den.

    That’s the day the Carolinas supermarket chain serves up half-price Thirsty Thursday specials at its Beer Den craft tap counters, including ones in Brunswick County and just across the state line in South Carolina.

    During a recent Thirsty Thursday at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach, customers clamored ‘round the Beer Den counter to sample the latest craft brews, by-the-glass wine or $3 mimosas.

  • You decide: should the Fed be raising interest rates?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is a beautiful city of wide boulevards, historic memorials and buildings and political intrigue. I was fortunate to observe each of these in person 45 years ago when I was a summer intern. My greatest thrill was being mere feet away from President Nixon and Russian leader Brezhnev during a state visit.

  • New things emerge at Shallotte River Swamp Park

    A Gator Cam, late-night summer hours and a new zipline trek are among the latest seasonal offerings at Shallotte River Swamp Park at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

    New for 2018 is the Swamp Park Gator Cam, viewable at shallotteriverswamppark.com or on the park’s Facebook page, which scans and focuses on the swamp park’s renowned alligator sanctuary.

    Swamp Park manager George Howard said the park now has 13 rescued American alligators in its sanctuary, which has been built up to about 8,000 square feet.

  • Sheriff's office, citizens can take pride in CALEA honor

    Technically, what the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received July 28 from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. is accreditation.

    But for both the sheriff’s office and the community it serves, it is an honor.

    CALEA was established in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, according to calea.org.

  • SCC’s annual expo offers services and chances to serve

    After the frustrations of the previous week, it soothed my soul to attend last Thursday’s quarterly meeting of the Services Coordinating Council, known as the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council when it was formed in 2014, up at Leland Town Hall.

  • Band of the Week: Tim Clark Band shakes up Sunset Beach on Aug. 15

    The Tim Clark Band wows audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 15, at The Village at Sunset Beach at Sunset Boulevard North and Park Road North. (For more details, go to SunsetBeachConcerts.com or Sunset Beach Concerts on Facebook.)

  • Vendor consults lawyer over cabana changes in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A cabana rental merchant is threatening legal action after town council on Monday night approved changes to a town ordinance imposing heftier fines on commercial vendors who violate a town rule banning them and anyone affiliated with them from transporting, installing or removing shading devices at the beach.

    Kevin Godwin, owner of Sandlappers Beach Supplies and Cabana Anna, on Tuesday sent an email to Police Chief Ken Klamar charging council violated the law when members approved the revisions recommended by Town Attorney Grady Richardson.

  • Carolina Shores stormwater work holds own in rampant rain

    CAROLINA SHORES — A spate of rain over the past few weeks has proven the town’s stormwater improvements are doing what they should, town officials said Monday.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall cited field observations about recent heavy rains in a public works update distributed at the Aug. 6 town board of commissioners workshop.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 1-6 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports. 

    Aug. 1

    Breaking and entering reported on Dolphin Street. Victim said nothing appeared to be missing.

    Aug. 4

    George M. Hayes, 20, of Boone Street, Shallotte, received a state citation on a simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana charge and released.

    Aug. 5