Today's News

  • WBHS students to spread holiday spirit at Dec. 17 concert

    SHALLOTTE—One group of local youth is helping people throughout the county get into the holiday spirit.

    In recent weeks the multiple award-winning West Brunswick High School Vocal Music department members have performed at holiday gatherings and events. They have even caroled. This week they are visiting several area nursing homes, the courthouse and elementary schools.

    But their big show is still to come.

  • Nonprofit faces a $27,000 phone bill after being scammed

    SHALLOTTE—A local nonprofit has become a victim of a telephone scam—and no one was even in the office when it happened.

    Smart Start of Brunswick County on Sellers Street in Shallotte received a phone bill for more than $26,987 for international calls placed from its phone line.

    “We found out when we got the phone bill,” Linda Gironda, executive director, said. “Our bill is usually between $127 and $139.”

  • Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket yields 3,781 safety belt violations


    More than 3,700 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign.

    The statewide campaign was Nov. 19-25.

    “Multiple crashes have been reported in the news recently where motorists who were not wearing their seat belts have been killed. It is imperative that everyone in the car buckles up,” State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said. “I thank all of the law enforcement agencies for their hard work reinforcing this message.”

  • Sheriff's Office Crime Report


    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    Dec. 9

    Simple physical assault on London Street in Shallotte.

    Assault on a female on London Street in Shallotte.

    Larceny of jewelry on River Road in Winnabow.

    Death investigation on River Road in Winnabow.

    Assault on a female on Sand Hills Drive in Leland.

    Two incidents of simple physical assault on Black Chestnut Drive in Leland.

  • Booze It and Lose It

    State and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign.

    Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted beginning Friday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

    “Make the responsible decision to designate a driver if you plan to drink this holiday season,” State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said. “The choice you make could save a life.”

  • Teen takes plea in wreck that killed father

    A Lumberton teenager charged in the death of her father has taken a plea for a lesser charge.

    Eighteen-year-old Brianna Galloway of Lumberton had originally been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. She was the driver in a wreck that happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

    Galloway was driving on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, about 6.3 miles north of Shallotte, when she ran off the road, hit a tree and her vehicle overturned.

    Her passenger, her father Troy K. Galloway, 41, of Supply, was killed.

  • ServSafe Food safety class offered for restaurant managers

    Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class being offered in three sessions on Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road in Southport. Classroom sessions will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
    Students who successfully complete the class and exam will receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which is often seen prominently displayed in restaurants.

  • Little Princess Ball tickets available soon

    The Little Princess Ball, a dance for young girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escorts, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at two locations: Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport; and South Brunswick Island Center, 9400 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Calabash.
    This event is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Brunswick Community College and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Healthy holiday suggestions you can live with

    Several days a week I meet a great group of women early in the morning for a one-hour walk. We’ve been doing this for more than five years and I highly recommend it.
    Having friends to walk and talk with makes exercising easier. There’s also that peer pressure that encourages me to get out of bed. It’s also a great way to share ideas.
    A couple of weeks ago, we were talking about Thanksgiving and all the food. Several commented that it’s really hard to avoid all the excess food that’s around during this season of the year.

  • Brunswick County to offer Cooperative Extension Master Gardener class

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Feb. 5, 2013. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.