Today's News

  • One big fish tale: Sixty years later, Sunset Beach couple still 'lovers, not fighters'

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill and Maggie Ehling have known each other a long time.

    In fact, just this past Tuesday, April 17, the Sunset Beach couple celebrated a real milestone—their 60th wedding anniversary.

    At their Sunset Beach home where they’ve lived for the past 13 years, the couple enjoyed a few jokes and jabs and laughter as they told how they met—back in the 1950s when both were in the Army and stationed in Germany, working in communications.

  • Fitness marathons to benefit Relay for Life

    Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has scheduled several fitness marathons next week to benefit Relay for Life.

    Those who are up for the fitness challenge are invited to participate. They just need to sign up ahead of time and pay varying registration fees that will be donated to Relay for Life.

    The events are every year right before Relay for Life, said Neil Smeigh, fitness specialist at the fitness & aquatics center.


    Swim, run, walk

  • Chappell’s home run, five RBIs lead West to softball win over North

     Alyssa Chappell hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give West Brunswick a 5-4 lead and hit a two-run double in the sixth inning as the Trojans went on to beat North Brunswick 8-4 in a conference softball game April 17.

    Chappell, a senior first baseman, finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

    “She had been slumping just a little bit,” West coach Joe Noble said, “so I dropped her down in the lineup to take a little bit of pressure off her. Since then, she’s been producing and been hitting the ball.”

  • Sunset Beach police investigate incidents

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

    •On April 13, police took a report of a breaking-and-entering, larceny and damage to property at The Colony II, 908 Resort Circle.

    •On April 10, Kailey Ann Osterman, 17, of Southern Pines, was arrested and charged with underage consumption, underage possession of a malt beverage and resisting, delaying and obstructing.

  • Reality show freaks make the rest of us feel like neat freaks

    When it comes to spring cleaning and scrubbing and organizing my domain, I’d rather be chilling out watching “Hoarders.”

    It’s another one of those ingenious reality shows, airing several times on Monday nights on A&E TV, that can make us feel really special and good about ourselves.

    I mean, how can my cluttered little corner of the world compare to Barbara, who “trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters,” to add to the hoarding pile in her million-dollar home where “neighbors look on in disgust”?

  • Bopple race highlights Days at the Docks April 28-29 in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach is almost ready to bopple.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released on the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is just one of the highlights at this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season has returned to being a two-day event after taking place for just one day last year.

  • Calabash woman dies from car mishap injuries

    A Calabash woman has died following a mishap with her car in a local parking lot.

    Patricia Grace Petty, 73, died March 31 after an incident March 28 in the Food Lion parking lot in Carolina Shores.

  • Ante up: Calabash raises sweepstakes fees

    CALABASH—Sweepstakes operators are concerned with the town board of commissioners’ decision to raise sweepstakes fees.

    At their monthly meeting last week, April 10, Calabash commissioners voted 3-2 to set fees of $2,500 for privilege licenses for sweepstakes establishments and $500 per sweepstakes machine, higher than the previous $200 fee.

    During public comment, Ken Knight, who is married to Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, spoke out in support of the increase.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 9-15, special operations set up checkpoints on Oxpen Road, N.C. 211, U.S. 74-76, N.C. 133 and Mount Misery Road. Deputies patrolled Calabash, Leland, Holden Beach, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, Ash and Longwood.

  • Federal grant tunes in changeover for new communication system

    LELAND—$1.36 million is coming to Brunswick County to speed up the changeover of its emergency radio communication system.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was in Leland last week to announce the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG), which includes a $360,000 county match, will allow 22 county fire departments to switch to the new Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) system.

    “This is huge,” Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said.