Today's News

  • Community helps plan Waccamaw Blue Trail

    A blue trail along the Waccamaw River is an idea in its beginning stages, and residents of Brunswick and Columbus counties are invited to help make the plans.

    “The idea has been formulating over the last couple of years,” Melinda Johnson, marketing and community events coordinator for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, said at a meeting Jan. 27 at the Waccamaw Community building in Ash.

    “We need your feedback, concerns, ideas and questions.”

  • More eyes and ears stop crime

    The more eyes and ears on the lookout for crime, the safer the streets of your neighborhood.

    Each month an organization of concerned citizens from all over the county meets in Shallotte to discuss what is happening in their neighborhoods with officers from the crime prevention team of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The group, called Brunswick County Community Watch, has been in existence since the late 1970s.

    On Monday, board members met two newly assigned deputies: First Sgt. Thomas Tolley and Sgt. Bert Reaves.

  • Sand Dollar Games

    Over the last few weekends, I finally spent time doing exactly what I missed for the last three years—combing the beach for treasures.

    Having two weekends in a row with absolutely nothing planned was the most exciting thing that could have happened to this girl. Ever since September, my life has been on the constant go.

    My neighbor has been showing me for the last three months all of the beautiful sand dollars she finds on Sunset Beach. I just didn’t think it was possible to actually find that many whole sand dollars.

  • 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.

    •Shamarie Demaric James, 24, of 4912-1 Dream Weaver Court, Southport, was arrested on one count of felony credit card fraud, four counts of misdemeanor credit card fraud and one count of larceny of financial credit card. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

  • ‘Taco Bell Coming Soon’ should read ‘permits coming soon’

    Work began this week on Shallotte’s soon to be newest fast food destination—Taco Bell.

    The new restaurant will be located on Main Street between Andy’s of Shallotte and U.S. 17, in front of Birch Pond Apartments.

    As of Tuesday morning, Ben Goetz, vice president of development at Family Foods, said the project was still waiting on one final permit to arrive in the mail—a permit he has been waiting on since November.

  • West Brunswick’s James signs with North Carolina Central

     Most football players marked Feb. 2 as the first day they could sign letters of intent. For West Brunswick High School senior Darius James, the date had a more important significance: his mom’s birthday.

    “My mom (Brenda) means a lot to me,” he said. “Unfortunately, she passed about six years ago. Today is her birthday. That really makes me happy that I’m signing on her birthday.”

    James’ mom died after he had finished sixth grade. Up to that time, football was not a priority in James’ life.

  • Whiteville sweeps West Brunswick


    West Brunswick cut a 21-point second-half deficit to 4 points before losing to Whiteville 55-47 in a conference boys’ basketball game Feb. 1.

    Whiteville, second in the league with one conference loss, led 36-15 and appeared to be on the way to a rout. West’s Taylor Buffkin began the comeback when he hit a 3-pointer and scored seven straight points, which cut the lead to 40-24 entering the fourth quarter.

  • Bowling news


    McDonald’s Amusement Classic, Jan. 24: Chris Mcfee 226, 236, 262, 742; Demaris Lance 216, 234, 226, 676; Craig Croom 198, 276, 197, 671; Milton Williams 279; Dawn Clardy 215, 215, 596; Dar Anuszewski 222, 185, 553.

    Tony Russo Sr., Jan. 25: Theron Johnson 213, 237, 607; Jerry Owen 166, 192, 215, 573; Huey Hughes 194, 162, 201, 557; Tom Haley 204; Bernice Thergesen 182, 442; Lois Ramsey 154, 430; Bobbie Henry 176; Marilyn Laurie 162; Lee North 162.

  • Some baits to use to catch redfish

    The most popular and sought-after inshore fish in local waters during the winter are redfish. This is because they stay in the backwaters and school up in tight pods roaming the inside creeks and inlets feasting on small fish, ghost shrimp and crabs.

    Redfish hit several types of lures well during the winter. You can often sight-cast to them in the clear, cold water. One thing to remember is to keep the noise down, and many redfish experts pole their boats with long poles rather than using trolling motors and anchors that will spook red drum schools.

  • Farmstead, Meadowlands named in top 100 courses

    Farmstead Golf Links and Meadowlands Club in Calabash, on the northern end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, are among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Golf Panel. 

    The rankings of the panel, which are reported to be “the most authoritative source on golf in the state,” were published in the winter edition of GolfStyles magazine.