Today's News

  • Sonburst Youth Ministries

    One year ago, a local man felt the pulling of God on his heartstrings.

    Joseph Memory, an Ocean Isle Beach resident who works as sergeant with the highway patrol in Robeson County, has a passion to reach the youth of Brunswick County before it is too late and their lives are plagued by trouble.

    “A year ago I talked to a 19-year-old I had watched grow up,” Memory said. “He told me he likes to smoke pot. God really dealt with me after that.”

  • The man behind the land

    In less than a month, Brunswick County residents will be taking a turn on Hope and turning right on Mercy as they visit the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

    The task of naming the roads was left up to the man who donated the 7.5 acres of land where the newly constructed Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter now sits. The facility is slated to open on July 1, with an open house planned for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 24.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    Arrest made in Ocean Isle Beach

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last month. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Thomas Henry McCollum, 65, of 29 Country Club Drive, Shallotte, was charged with possession of marijuana less than half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying concealed weapons.

    •Larceny; victim’s credit card was used online to make purchases totaling more than $1,800.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte Police Department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Former Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber has died.

    Barber, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 6.

    The World War II and Korean War veteran worked for Exxon Mobil for 37 years prior to retiring in 1986 and moving to Sunset Beach, where he served four terms as mayor.

    Mason is survived by his wife, Virginia, two daughters and a son, five granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

    Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

  • Revised hospital offer a good one

    No, it’s not perfect. It’s far from perfect, in fact, but we think county commissioners moving forward with the bid process with Crown Management’s revised bid to purchase the old hospital is a step in the right direction.

    After submitting their initial bid of $1.5 million last year and then withdrawing that bid in April, Crown Management has once again come to the table to negotiate to purchase what was once Brunswick Community Hospital and the land on which it stands. Crown officials plan to convert the hospital to a psychiatric care facility.

  • School system to charge $25 fee for driver’s education course

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have agreed to start charging students for driver’s education classes.

    At their meeting Tuesday, June 5, board members voted to allow the school system to charge up to $25 per student for driver’s education courses.

    Until now, the school system did not charge students to take the course, Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said.

    The state allows school systems to charge up to $45 per student, Swencki said.

  • Three local employees among company-wide layoffs at Novant Health

    Winston-Salem-based nonprofit healthcare company Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, recently announced nearly 300 layoffs company-wide.

    Amy Myers, director of marketing and community relations for Brunswick Novant Medical Center, said 289 leader and staff positions were eliminated last week within the healthcare organization.

  • Going organic in the home garden

    How do we know if the food we are eating is organically grown or not? Typically, claims such as organic and natural on gardening products are, for the most part, not regulated. When a fertilizer package includes these words, it can simply mean that it contains carbon-based matter or some natural ingredients. It does not necessarily show that the product is free from toxic and persistent chemicals or that it is appropriate for an organic garden.

  • Community briefs

    Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 11
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice and beans, stewed tomatoes, fresh peaches, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 12
    Beef tips with mushrooms and noodles, carrots, pears, cake with icing, whole-wheat bread/dinner roll, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 13
    Salisbury steak/gravy, stewed potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail, grape juice, whole-wheat bread, beverage.