Today's News

  • Comedian Rickey Smiley bringing routine back to Brunswick County

    He’s renowned for his radio comedy, particularly his knack for dialing up prank phone calls that have brought him laughs and fame.

    This Saturday night, stand-up comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley will be bringing his trademark humor back to Brunswick County. Smiley, a pianist, is also bringing a live band for the return performance at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Will he be making any prank phone calls in Brunswick County?

  • Former N.C. reporter to sign new Wright Brothers book in Sunset Beach

    Julia Hedgepeth Williams, a former reporter for the Sampson Independent, will be at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach from 2-4 p.m. this Thursday, July 21, signing copies of her new book, “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.”

    Williams, who is a regular vacationer along with her family at Ocean Isle Beach, now teaches journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Items stolen from unlocked cars in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police investigated three separate incidents of items stolen from unlocked cars on the Sunset Beach island.

    Two breaking-and-entering and larceny incidents, both reported July 11, involved vehicles parked on 35th Street and Second Street.

    In the 35th Street incident, someone during the night went into an unlocked vehicle and removed a global positioning system (GPS) and MP3 player. In the Second Street report, someone removed a GPS, iPod, Canon camera, cell phone and iPod chargers and $900 in cash from a vehicle.

  • Work sessions questioned at Sunset Beach work session

    SUNSET BEACH—With a list of agenda items before them, Sunset Beach Councilwoman Carol Scott wonders why town business is now being discussed at town council’s new monthly work sessions.

    “I don’t understand why these work sessions are now taking the place of council meetings,” she said, speaking at council’s second work session Tuesday morning.

  • Mayors opt out of re-election bids in Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    The most notable names for upcoming municipal elections are those who didn’t file.

    That includes all three mayors in Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

    When the two-week filing period for the November elections ended last Friday, the names of Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby and Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein were noticeably absent.

    In Calabash, the only person filing for the mayoral race is Calabash town commissioner Mary Knight.

  • Friday is Town Hall Day in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will observe its fourth annual Town Hall Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 22.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon will take part as will new Calabash Town Administrator Charles Nance.

    Local elected officials will be present, and there will be food, games and prizes.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

  • Animal shelter stops Saturday hours for now

    BOLIVIA—Starting this weekend, Brunswick County Animal Services will no longer be open to the public on Saturdays.

    The shelter on N.C. 211 (Green Swamp Road) is to close Saturdays starting this coming July 23, according to a recent press release issued last week by Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael.

    Shelter business hours are now 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours for the public to visit with adoptable dogs and cats 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

  • West Darlings play in state softball tourney

     The West Brunswick Darlings finished 2-2 in the North Carolina Dixie Softball state tournament July 9-12 at Cape Fear Optimist Park for players ages 7-8.

    West lost Duplin 10-9 to Duplin in the first round and then defeated Eden YMCA July 10.

    “Very good game,” coach John Caison said. “We had our hands full last night and won by 4.”

    After failing behind 5-0 against Dunn on July 11, the Darlings came back slow and steady and won 13-8.

    On July 12, the Darlings lost 17-4 to West Stanly.

  • UPDATED: Shallotte man reported missing returns home

    UPDATE: Bracyle Lewis Price returned to his home around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing Shallotte Man.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Bracyle Lewis Price, 86, of 411 Paradise Lane, Shallotte, was last seen at this home at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18.

  • Raleigh judge rules against local judge in libel suit

    RALEIGH—Superior Court Judge William Pittman has ruled against a local judge in her libel lawsuit.

    On Friday, July 15, Pittman issued an order for summary judgment in which he found in favor of the defendant, Ed Rapp, in the libel and defamation suit brought by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Lewis sued Rapp, a local activist and former campaign strategist, for libel and defamation for an April 2010 blog post written during a heated Republican primary election.