Today's News

  • Gator catching brings on-the-job training for Sunset Beach police

    LAKE WACCAMAW — Before Sunset Beach police could learn how to handle a gator, biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission had to catch a gator.

    Last Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, four Sunset Beach police officers who’d volunteered for “gator training” converged at Lake Waccamaw State Park 30 miles to the north in neighboring Columbus County for instruction and practice with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologists.

  • Patchwork precedes paving on Old Georgetown Road

    Patchwork proceeding along Old Georgetown Road between Sunset Beach and Calabash is part of a resurfacing project scheduled this year.

    Crews are patching the road in preparation for upcoming paving, Brian Rick, spokesman for Divisions 2 and 3 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said last week.

    Rick provided a link about the project at tims.ncdot.gov/TIMS/IncidentDetail.aspx?id=539956.

  • Fourth Leland Cultural Arts Center Open House set for Saturday

    Arts enthusiasts are invited to see what’s happening at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) at its fourth annual open house Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature tours of the facility, hands-on activities, and a chance to meet the instructors, who number more than 20 now since the center’s opening in 2015.

  • Ghost light a glowing tribute to OWA manager Mike Sapp

    A single gleaming stage bulb was installed last week at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The ghost light, as it’s known in theater, seemed a fitting tribute to longtime auditorium manager Mike Sapp, who died May 22 at 64 from complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center in Durham.

    “A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theater is dark,” Sapp’s daughter Amy Leighton posted on Facebook following installation of the light at midday Tuesday, Aug. 14.

  • Dixie Youth teams make county proud

    The season may be over for four of our county’s Dixie Youth baseball teams, but they should be proud of what they accomplished this summer.

    The Leland National AAA 10-and-Under All-Stars won the state tournament, played at Waccamaw Park in Ash, with a shutout — and without losing a game — and earned the right to represent North Carolina in the World Series.

  • For a little peace and quiet, all you need to do is kill your cell phone

    I had the pleasure of spending a few days last week without a cellular phone.

    Cell phone, smart phone, home phone — call it what you want, but if you called my number all you got was a dial tone.

    This was not for a retreat. I did not take a couple of mental health days. It was a technological breakdown.

    The little bastard stopped following my commands, started choosing places on the Internet it preferred visiting without checking with me and then sort of flickered a little and shut off.

  • Addiction tears families apart, but brings strangers together to fight it

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    In preparation for Sam Quinones, author of the critically acclaimed book, “Dreamland, the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” coming to Odell Williamson Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., I visited dozens of churches in Brunswick County to ask for their support in notifying congregations of the event.

  • CIS measures success one student at a time

    By Todd Beane

    Guest Columnist

  • Man sentenced on federal heroin charges linked to Brunswick County

    A federal judge sentenced a Pikesville, Md., man to seven years in prison for conspiracy to sell drugs in Brunswick County and elsewhere in the United States.

    U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Nicholas Skinner, 33, Aug. 13 on to seven years in prison, followed by supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, as well as unspecified amounts of cocaine and buprenorphine.

  • First Building Brunsco Kids Expo showcases youthful enterprise Saturday in Calabash

    This coming Saturday, weekend shoppers are invited to browse and buy goods and services created by children at the first Building Brunsco Kids Expo.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, rain or shine. Admission is free.

    Children 7 to 17 will have booths set up to sell products or services. Event-goers are encouraged to bring cash.