Today's News

  • Incentivize disaster preparedness measures, improve infrastructure

    By Mac Montgomery

    Guest Columnist

    The rest of the country is finally learning what we on the coast have known for a long time: the United States needs better, smarter infrastructure. Record-breaking storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Matthew show we cannot continue the status quo with our nation’s roadways, bridges, drinking water, dams, energy grid and more.

  • Has your summer officially started yet?

    When does summer start?

    That question has a different answer for different people.

    Around these parts, the season for beach towns begins on Memorial Day.

    For the kids, it must still be considered the first day after the last day of school.

    Traditionalists probably waited until today, June 21.

    For me, there are two determining factors that go into deciding if summer has arrived.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center poised to serve more

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    For about five years, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s ministry has done a great job ministering to a fixed number of men with a program that works exceptionally well. Our growth has been limited for many reasons, but in the last two years all that has changed.

    BCRC has come to realize that God wants us to do more. The need is great and we feel called to double the size of all that we do and to also build a women’s ministry.

  • People, pet pig could peacefully co-exist

    In 1993, Seattle changed its municipal code to

    classify potbellied pigs as pets instead of livestock and set a limit of one per owner. Sue Donaldson, the city councilwoman who sponsored the change, told radio station KUOW it was silly to waste resources on going after pig owners because of “one disgruntled citizen” who sought to have their owners charged with violations.

  • Strawberry pop and a smile help ease rough workdays

    It’s a common superstition — and one I buy into, based on personal experience — that lunar phases affect people’s behavior, with full moons bringing the wackiness out of some folks. The next full moon, a Strawberry Moon, isn’t scheduled until Thursday, June 28, but one astrological calendar I found online tells me last Thursday and Friday had “void moons,” or times to avoid starting anything important because projects do not tend to be as productive.

  • Band of the Week: Steve Owens & Summertime play Sunset Beach on June 27

    Award-winning Steve Owens & Summertime hits the stage of the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, June 27, in the Village at Sunset Beach.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the “Favorite New Artist of the Year” award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

    Lead vocalist and band namesake Steve Owens was nominated for Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 2:06 p.m. June 18, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Helping Hands fundraiser/cruise-in benefit June 23

    A Helping Hands fundraiser/cruise-in will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Rourk Garden on Main Street in Shallotte, across from Jerome’s Steakhouse.

    Hot dogs, fried bologna sandwiches, chips and drinks will be sold to raise money to offset medical and other expenses for Jim Hans, owner of Jim’s Automotive on Holden Beach Road.

    Hans’ business has been closed for more than a month while he battles cancer and pneumonia.

  • State honors county’s water treatment plant

    The N.C. Division of Water Resources recently honored 69 water treatment plants, including Brunswick County’s, for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.

    The division’s Public Water Supply section awarded the facilities the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

  • Belville seeks to fill vacancy on park and recreaction board

    The town of Belville is accepting applications from citizens who are interested in serving on the Belville Parks and Recreation Board.

    The appointee will begin serving on the board in July to fill a vacancy until the term ends in January 2019.

    Applications are available online at townofbelville.com under the Town Forms tab or at Belville Town Hall, 63 River Road, Belville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21.