Today's News

  • Reality show freaks make the rest of us feel like neat freaks

    When it comes to spring cleaning and scrubbing and organizing my domain, I’d rather be chilling out watching “Hoarders.”

    It’s another one of those ingenious reality shows, airing several times on Monday nights on A&E TV, that can make us feel really special and good about ourselves.

    I mean, how can my cluttered little corner of the world compare to Barbara, who “trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters,” to add to the hoarding pile in her million-dollar home where “neighbors look on in disgust”?

  • Bopple race highlights Days at the Docks April 28-29 in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach is almost ready to bopple.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released on the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is just one of the highlights at this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season has returned to being a two-day event after taking place for just one day last year.

  • Calabash woman dies from car mishap injuries

    A Calabash woman has died following a mishap with her car in a local parking lot.

    Patricia Grace Petty, 73, died March 31 after an incident March 28 in the Food Lion parking lot in Carolina Shores.

  • Ante up: Calabash raises sweepstakes fees

    CALABASH—Sweepstakes operators are concerned with the town board of commissioners’ decision to raise sweepstakes fees.

    At their monthly meeting last week, April 10, Calabash commissioners voted 3-2 to set fees of $2,500 for privilege licenses for sweepstakes establishments and $500 per sweepstakes machine, higher than the previous $200 fee.

    During public comment, Ken Knight, who is married to Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, spoke out in support of the increase.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 9-15, special operations set up checkpoints on Oxpen Road, N.C. 211, U.S. 74-76, N.C. 133 and Mount Misery Road. Deputies patrolled Calabash, Leland, Holden Beach, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, Ash and Longwood.

  • Federal grant tunes in changeover for new communication system

    LELAND—$1.36 million is coming to Brunswick County to speed up the changeover of its emergency radio communication system.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was in Leland last week to announce the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG), which includes a $360,000 county match, will allow 22 county fire departments to switch to the new Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) system.

    “This is huge,” Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said.

  • Brunswick County 911 center experiences outage

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County 911 Center experienced a brief power outage last Wednesday after an electrical storm damaged two pieces of equipment.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said two pieces of equipment at the 911 center failed around 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. Officials believe the outage was caused by a powerful electrical storm, most likely a power surge over the phone line.

    Non-emergency phone lines were also affected, Marzano said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Death investigation on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach on April 15; 74- year-old male died of natural causes.

    •Death investigation on SW Grey Bridge Road in Shallotte on April 15; 64-year-old female died of natural causes.

    •Fraud by phone on Birchbark Court in Winnabow was reported on April 13.

  • No injuries reported in school bus fire


    It wasn’t the type of excitement students had hoped for when they were out of classes Tuesday afternoon.

    Forty students, staff members and chaperons of Brunswick County Schools were evacuated from a bus when it caught fire.

    The Brunswick County Schools activities bus carrying Leland Middle School seventh-grade students was evacuated at the corner of George II Hwy (N.C. 87) and Funston Road in Winnabow within a matter of minutes.

  • Lady Trojans shut out North 4-0

     Sophomore Carla Zio scored three straight goals as the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 4-0 in a conference game Monday evening.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal on a shot by senior Tessa Bennett with 30 minutes left in the half. She dribbled to the left of the box and lofted the ball into the back right corner of the goal.