Today's News

  • Volunteers needed for first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival

    Volunteers are sought to participate and assist with the county’s first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival planned for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Southport.

    Brunswick Arts Council is presenting and orchestrating the event that will take place 1-9 p.m. both days in downtown Southport. The celebration is a tribute to the renowned English author, whose 200th birthday was this past February.

  • The Hit Men hit BCCOWA tonight

    The Hit Men are coming to Brunswick County.

    The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The Real “Jersey Boys”—The Hit Men—are bringing their concert tour to Brunswick County. Experience the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s the way you remember them; performed by the original stars of mega hit groups, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Carly Simon, Jim Croce and more.

  • 'The Wizard of Wonderland': Stagestruck Players' 'Dorothy Meets Alice' set for Nov. 9 opening

    “We’re villains, we’re villains, we’re always more than

  • 59th Annual Oyster Roast is Saturday in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—A shuckin’ good time is just around the bend in Varnamtown.

    This coming Saturday, Nov. 3, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church will be the site of this riverfront fishing town’s 59th annual oyster roast.

    The event is from noon-5 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The cost for the oyster roast is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Meals will consist of hot, fresh oysters roasted over an open fire, hot hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. Soft drinks will be sold separately.

  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 40th home

    CAROLINA SHORES—Six-year-old Aaliyah Crawford rode her pink bicycle around the yard while her mom, Lakeisha Stanley, talked on her cell phone on the front porch.

    The two, along with Stanley’s grandmother, Mary Stanley, have been enjoying their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday.

    The three-bedroom, 1,248-square-foot house is the 40th one built through Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Candidates outline stances for District 13 judgeship

    Two candidates, W. Richard Cox and Pauline Hankins, are vying Tuesday in the nonpartisan race for District 13 Judge.

    The seat is being vacated by retiring District Court Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr.


    Richard Cox

    Cox, an attorney who lives in Sunset Beach, is seeking election after he was encouraged by a study group at his church, then by others.

    “This district is my home where my wife and I are

  • Restaurant to the rescue when Sandy rains out beach wedding plans

    It was supposed to be a dream wedding for Natalie Gilbert and her fiancé Jeremy Palin.

    Then a lil’ol, I mean big ol’, hurricane named Sandy interfered.

    Hickory resident Cindy Williams, aunt of the bride-to-be, said they’d never dreamed a hurricane would descend like an uninvited guest and try to crash their plans.

    The Indiana couple had been planning their Ocean Isle Beach ceremony for months.

  • N.C. insurance commissioner calls June hearing for proposed increase

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a hearing about a proposal to increase homeowners insurance rates by as much as 30 percent for this area.

    The insurance companies, represented by the N.C. Rate Bureau, have requested an overall average increase of 17.7 percent in rates statewide. The proposed hike targets the southeastern region of the state for the largest increases— about 30 percent—for territory 8 encompassing Brunswick County.

    Goodwin has said proposed rates seem to be excessive and unfairly discriminatory.

  • Sloup third in state golf tournament

      SOUTHERN PINES— Tara Simmons of Pikeville Charles B. Aycock won her second consecutive individual state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

    Simmons was one shot back entering the final day of play, but her consistent 77-77—154 under difficult playing conditions gave her the title by four shots.

    Chandler Danielson of West Henderson was second with a 158 total.

  • Halloween event cancelled at Old Sunset Beach Bridge

    Halloween at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge has been cancelled. As Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast, bringing all-day rain and wind, the Old Bridge Preservation Society has cancelled the Halloween event that had been planned Saturday, Oct. 27.