Today's News

  • Judy Brown Brock’s husband arrested on first-degree murder charge

    BOLIVIA — The husband of Judy Brown Brock has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Phillip Harry Brock, 71, was booked into the jail at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 on a first-degree murder charge on no bail. Records show Holden Beach Police Department as the arresting agency.

    According to a Holden Beach Police Department news release, law enforcement agencies found her body in a wooded area in Sampson County on Wednesday, March 20.

  • God’s Pit Crew reveals new home for Ash resident

     ASH — Irvin Milliken saw his new home for the first time March 16 when he was joined by a crowd of 50 family, friends and volunteers from God’s Pit Crew, the volunteer builders who replaced his Hurricane Florence flood-damaged house.

    The God’s Pit Crew team put Milliken up in a camper down the road from his property on Ash Little River Road until the new home was complete and they could host a reveal Saturday.

  • South Brunswick High School hosts forum on the ‘Dangers of Vaping’

    BOILING SPRING LAKES— Those walking into the South Brunswick High School cafeteria Monday night were met with a large board with dozens upon dozens of vaping-related items on display—from vaping mods to Juul pods and dozens of flavorings for these devices.

    And, SBHS principal Chip Hodges said, these are vaping items that have only been confiscated from SBHS students this school year.

  • Town steps in to save Sunset Beach summer concerts

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Tuesday approved taking over Sunset Beach summer concerts this year after organizers announced earlier this month they are unable to continue the seasonal series.

    Council unanimously approved at the March 19 meeting councilman John Corbett’s motion for the town to take over the series, including providing $35,000 in the 2019-2020 fiscal budget with up to $20,000 to be used to complete the 2019 season and the remainder to be used as startup for the 2020 summer concert season.

  • Bill threatens to take ABC stores out of local town control

     Brunswick County towns that benefit from Alcoholic Beverage Control store revenues are opposing a bill before the North Carolina legislature to require consolidation of local ABC boards to no more than one local ABC board in each county.

    “The ABC Laws Modernization/PED Study” bill was filed in the House (HB 91) Feb. 18 and Senate (SB 87) Feb. 19 and would require all ABC systems in counties with two or more ABC (boards) to merge to one system.

  • Judge could decide H2GO future with summary judgment ruling or go to trial in April

     The lawsuit Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO filed against Belville over H2GO’s assets and the future of a reverse osmosis water plant could be decided by April if not sooner.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry heard the arguments of both Leland/H2GO and Belville at a Feb. 28 hearing to consider motions for summary judgment filed by both parties.

    Leland Town Manager David Hollis said at the Feb. 28 hearing the judge said he would consider ruling on one of the motions for summary judgment.

  • State superintendent makes another post-hurricane visit

    WINNABOW — On Friday March 15, six months after Hurricane Florence made her way across Brunswick County, State Superintendent Mark Johnson made a visit to Town Creek Elementary School, one of the schools hardest hit as a result of the storm.

  • Sunset Beach approves measures opposing offshore drilling

    SUNSET BEACH — Town Council drew applause Tuesday when members unanimously approved measures to fight offshore drilling.

    Following a closed session to consult with town attorney Grady Richardson, council approved joining with a Southern Environmental Law Center lawsuit by filing an amicus brief and joining the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing.

    Council also approved a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing.

  • Brown's Landing source of local lore, family pride


    “While we are not the oldest trees in the forest … we are a good stand of oaks.”

    So concludes the family narrative and genealogy compiled by the great-great-grandson of Alfred Brown, Lonnie McDowell Jr. of Carolina Beach. McDowell published the results of his extensive research in 1991 following his efforts to trace his roots among the sentinel oaks of what came to be known as Brown’s Landing. His fascination with the origins of Brown’s Landing is shared by locals and visitors alike.

  • Riverview Drive closure pondered in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have accepted a resolution of intent to close a portion of Riverview Drive, along with an April 17 public hearing and April 18 special meeting to consider the proposal.

    New Moon Holdings LLC has requested closure of approximately 70 yards next to closed dry stack storage from 1236 to 1248 Riverview Drive, according to information provided by the town.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance said at the board’s March 12 meeting that Tim Moon would like to open a marina and storage where the dry stacks are.