Today's News

  • Sunset Beach patrol monitors crowd in heat of summer

    SUNSET BEACH — Two days before the Fourth of July, the Sunset Beach Fire Department beach patrol was out in full force.

    Under a blazing sun in the humid heat, deputy fire chief/patrol supervisor Richard Childres steered one of the department’s red Honda 1000 four-wheel utility vehicles westward down the beach, meandering skillfully through the dense but docile bathing-suit-clad crowd.

    Fourth of July week, he said, is “our Super Bowl, our busiest time. We’re at maximum capacity.”

  • Unresponsive man found in Sunset Beach identified

    A man found dead in the ocean July 5 just east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier has been identified.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar identified the man as 30-year-old Matthew DelBuono of Calabash, stating in a July 8 press release DelBuono's cause of death was self-inflicted. He added an investigation would continue until an official cause of death is obtained from the coroner's office.

    The Sunset Beach Police Department received a call about the male subject just after 6 a.m. Friday, July 5.

  • Sunset Beach patrol deals with issues as sun goes down

    SUNSET BEACH — At the end of a well-attended summer day in the sun, the town beach patrol is often out picking up the pieces.

    One of those noteworthy days came June 27 when a fluke afternoon wind stirred up the beach, knocking over cabanas, umbrellas and other beach paraphernalia, damaging much of it in its wake.

    At the end of the day, volunteer firefighters James Tedesco and John Bruno drove on the beach picking up the abandoned metal-and-material items that had been left behind, filling the back of a town pickup truck in the process.

  • Sunset Vision donates four new beach wheelchairs to town

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Sunset Vision, the town has four new beach-accessible wheelchairs to offer to people in need.

    The local nonprofit group, formed in 2015, announced proceeds from its third annual 2019 Coastal Visions Art Show & Sale, which took place June 20-22, would go to buy the chairs costing about $1,000 each.

  • Naturalization Ceremony welcomes new citizens to the United States

    Mother Nature supplied the cannon salute, but neither the rumble of thunder nor the sudden downpour could dampen the spirits of 74 individuals representing 34 nations as they repeated the Oath of Allegiance during the NC 4th of July festivities in Southport Wednesday, July 3.

  • Brunswick Literacy Council prepares ESOL students for citizenship

    lThe first few minutes were awkward. Neither spoke the other’s home language. Without the help of an iPhone translation application, neither woman would bridge the language gap that kept them separated.

  • Brunswick County Commissioners firm on Coastline EMS termination date

    The Brunswick County Commissioners did a bit of housecleaning as they approved a 29-item consent agenda during the regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 1.

    Among the items discussed, the board learned from County Attorney Robert Shaver Jr. that Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad has requested an extension date for termination of services.  According to Shaver, the Coastline squad has retained an attorney. CVRS’ attorney stated the Supply-based emergency unit is planning to reapply for a new franchise agreement.

  • Brunswick County municipal election filings start Friday

    The candidate filing period for 2019 municipal elections in Brunswick County launches at noon Friday, July 5, and ends at noon, Friday, July 19, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Building H at 75 Stamp Act Drive in the Brunswick County Complex in Bolivia.

    All of the county’s 19 municipalities have town board seats up for grabs or renewal for this year’s Nov. 5 elections, including mayoral seats.

  • ADA: Fatal robbery plan backfired

    Editor’s Note: Colby Neill Pridgen is 16 years old. A previous story listed an incorrect age.


    BOLIVIA – Colby Pridgen’s bond was increased to $1 million during his first appearance June 19 on a felony murder charge.

    Pridgen, 16, was arrested June 17 and charged with felony murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jacary Bethel, a former standout two-sport athlete at West Brunswick High School.

  • Shallotte approves minimal tax increase for 2019-20

    Shallotte residents Carol and Norman Zboray voice their concerns to Mayor Pro Tem Carson H. Durham following the June 28 town budget meeting. The couple would like the town’s assistance with needed repairs to Frontage Road. They also asked Durham if the town could post “no littering” signs. “The trash is terrible — people just throw it right out of their cars,” Carol Zboray said.


    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved a 35.25 cents per $100 of valuation tax increase Friday, June 27, at a specially scheduled meeting.