Today's News

  • POAs can be a good thing as long as they regulate themselves

    Neighborhood diversity is the spice of community living.

    Several of my neighbors, for example, regularly park assorted vehicles in and around their driveways.

    Another one is apparently operating a boat yard and dry dock out of his house.

    And lately, within earshot somewhere off U.S. 17 near beautiful downtown, unincorporated Little River, S.C., every morning I can hear the crow of a rooster greeting dawn.

    It might—and I say might—be useful to have a regulatory agency in place to properly address these and other issues.

  • Board nixes mayor's idea to split from Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal by Mayor Richard Cerrato that the town think about separating from the Sunset at Sunset Festival was shot down by town council Monday night.

    Cerrato, speaking at the town board’s pre-agenda workshop, said he would like to see the idea placed on the agenda for the board’s upcoming Feb. 21 retreat.

  • From Sunset to Siam: Professor bestowed honorary degree in Thailand

    SUNSET BEACH—Jim Williams shows a black-and-white photo of a small group of children standing outside a small schoolhouse.

    That’s a picture taken of him when he was in the third grade back in Pennsylvania, he said.

    The Sunset Beach resident keeps it on hand to remind him how far he’s come since his early, humble beginnings at the one-room school near Ligonier, Pa., about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

  • Golf course wants to chop down 900 trees in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is anticipating residential backlash as the manager of Carolina Shores Golf Course seeks permission to cut down about 900 trees.

    Golf course manager Philippe Bureau has met with the town tree committee to discuss the proposal, according to Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett.

  • Miller Pope is confessing like a mad man

    In his 83 years of living, Miller Pope has grown up feisty and adventurous in the South, earned a living and hobnobbed with the upper echelon in the North, and published a book to tell all about it.

    The longtime Ocean Isle Beach artist, entrepreneur and writer has commemorated his multi-faceted life in his latest book, “Confessions of a MadMan: From Madison Avenue to Island Sands,” available at local bookstores and online.

    Though most of his books are heavy-laden with his art, especially about pirates, this one is a little different.

  • Seniors lead Lady Trojans to victory over South Brunswick

     Seniors Jasmine Jackson scored 13 points and Nicole Turner a season-high 11 as West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 39-15 Feb. 7 in the final basketball game of the regular season for the Trojans.

    The victory completed a regular-season sweep. West, starting an all-senior lineup on Senior Night, shut out the Cougars in the first quarter in taking a 10-0 lead. 

  • West JV wins conference, finishes 15-2

     The West Brunswick High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team won the conference championship Feb. 7 by beating South Brunswick 56-48.

    The Trojans, coached by Jason Younts, finished 11-1 in the conference and 15-2 overall. They ended the season by winning 11 straight games.

    Younts gave all the credit to varsity coach Eric Davis, saying his leadership was the foundation for the successful junior varsity season.

  • Video: West Brunswick High School dance team on Senior Night
  • Drug agents seize 400K in crystal meth, largest meth bust in county history

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and the Drug Enforcement agency teamed up to seize more than $400,000 worth of ice crystal methamphetamine.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agent Steve Lanier, the 2-kilogram seizure of crystal methamphetamine is the single-largest methamphetamine bust in the county’s history.

    “It’s something we hardly ever see. It’s very rare,” Lanier said.

  • Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Phillip John Autwell Jr., 22, of 3301 Mount Misery Road, Leland, was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.