Today's News

  • Sunset Beach: Bustling businesses line Queen Anne Street in Village Center

    SUNSET BEACH—With wheels in motion for a new merchants association, local Realtor Fred Thorne says things are looking up along his little stretch of commerce.
    For the first time, all the shops along Queen Anne Street in the Village Center are rented, Thorne said at a Dec. 5 meeting to discuss formation of a town-wide merchants association.

  • Foreclosure filed on Saunders' properties

    BB&T Bank has filed a foreclosure motion against developer Mark Saunders and several of his Brunswick County companies The bank charges Saunders defaulted on nearly $4.5 million in loans.
    On Dec. 20, a continuance for the case against Saunders’ MAS Properties and Eastern Carolinas Construction and Development was granted for May 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court.
    The action by Branch Banking and Trust Co. cites loans dating back to 1997.

  • West Brunswick beats Jones High School in boys’ tourney at Trask

     ROCKY POINT—West Brunswick beat Jones High School (Trenton) 62-55 in a second-round game of the boys’ basketball tournament Friday at Trask High School.

    Senior Phil Gause scored 18 points, senior Markel Jones 17 and junior Zaire Hankins 12 as the Trojans improved to 4-5.

    Each team played without a key player. Jones’ Dewayne Bryant suffered an injury in warm-ups and was unable to play, leaving Jones High School with seven players. West was without injured leading scorer Gray Cheers.

  • Leland, Wilmington missing teens found

    Two teenagers reported missing Dec. 27 have been found.

    The Leland and Wilmington Police departments requested help finding Aynton Clemmons, 16, of Leland, and Kelsey Harmon, 14, of Wilmington last week. They had not been seen since about 1 a.m. last Thursday morning.

    According to Leland Town Manager David Hollis, Clemmons was back with family in Leland by Dec. 31.

    Wilmington Police Departmernt Public Affairs Officer Lucy Crockett said the Kitty Hawk Police Department confirmed Harmon was found Dec. 29.

  • Trask sweeps West Brunswick in tourney

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    The Trask boys’ basketball team rallied from a 38-23 halftime deficit to beat West Brunswick 65-64 on a short jump shot in the free-throw lane by Rasheed Brown just before the game-ending buzzer.

    West trailed 54-48 early in the fourth quarter but took a 58-57 lead on six straight points by Zaire Hankins: two after a turnover, two on free throws and two on a jump shot. A Trask turnover led to a score by Quentin Ash and that put West ahead 60-57.

  • SOIA Chamber will honor small businesses with award

    Is there a business in the Southport-Oak Island area that has provided you with exceptional customer service? A clerk, waiter/waitress, a plumber, electrician, realtor, lawyer or accountant that has gone that extra mile to make sure you have been served? Now is the time to recognize them.

  • Religion briefs

    Calvary welcomes new pastor
    Calvary Baptist Church will install the Rev. Joseph M. Needham as its new pastor on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at its
    10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend the service. There will be nursery care provided.

  • Love is core of family life

    It has been nearly two weeks since news broke about the devastating carnage that took place in Sandy Hook, Conn.
    Words could not and cannot contain the heartbreak. Empathy was evident, but never sufficient. Compassion only created a deluge of tears. Silent shock provided a shield from a horror too pervasive to admit entry into our consciousness. The slaying of innocents, the slaughter of innocence, is too terrible an experience to voice.

  • Camera Club names holiday photo winners

    The Coastal Carolina Camera Club hosted its annual awards presentation and Christmas social on Dec. 11 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.
    Jody Hazzard, publisher and editor-in-chief of Grand Strand Magazine, judged the print of the year competition, which included all winning competition prints during the year.
    Jerry Koons image, “I Have Lunch,” was selected as the winner. The photographer of the year award was also presented to Koons for accumulating the most points in bi-monthly competition.

  • Community briefs

    Deadline to enter pageant is Jan. 1
    Applications are now available for the 2013 Brunswick County Purple Ribbon Pageant that will take place Feb. 3. It is a registered Relay for Life team and is involved in other charities throughout Brunswick County.
    The pageant is a natural system, meaning no makeup, fake teeth or fake hair on little girls. Age divisions for girls include Baby Miss and Queen. Deadline to enter is Jan. 1, 2013.
    For more information or an application, contact Holly Shepard, director, at 465-5146 or email shepard2005@gmail.com.