Today's News

  • Before digging in Sunset Beach sand, check out new ordinance—it's the law!

    It's that time of year again in Sunset Beach—expert sand castle builders Steve Goodmuth, Karen Koebel and company are back at the beach digging and creating with sand. Or trying to.

    This year, it's a little different, though.

    Earlier this year, just before the usual beach visitation crowd descends and sand-digging season heats up, Sunset Beach Town Council passed an ordinance regulating hole-digging at the beach.

    Some people thought that was silly

  • Powerlifter Leggett also dominating diabetes

     LELAND—When Austin Leggett won his division in the Push-Pull Challenge May 5 at Gateway Fitness in Leland, it was another successful step in his efforts to set personal bests in powerlifting and to control Type 1 diabetes.

    Leggett, 16, and a rising junior at North Brunswick High School, achieved goals he set in the bench press (230 pounds), the deadlift (400 pounds) and the curl (130 pounds).

    Ryan Strange, co-owner of Gateway Fitness who organized the competition, said Leggett’s powerlifts were noteworthy.

  • Cougars’ Jon Wiley receives James Johnson wrestling award

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Jon Wiley, South Brunswick High School’s state 3A wrestling champion at 152 pounds, received the 11th annual James Johnson Award Friday in South’s gymnasium in front of the junior and senior classes.

    The award, given by the TakeDown Report, goes to the top senior scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina. Martin Fleming is the editor. Neal Dorow, a teacher and coach at Ashley High School, presented the award to Wiley

  • Brunswick County's first search and rescue dog remembered

    Sir Bailey of Judah, Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog, died May 21. Bailey wasn’t an ordinary dog; he set a standard in the county and helped hundreds of people find their lost loved ones.

    Bailey even received congressional recognition for his many years of service when he retired last year after more than 11 years  as a search and rescue dog in Brunswick County.

  • Seaside Bakery gets discovered by the New York Times

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was just an ordinary late April day for Seaside Bakery owner Carolyn Wright.

    Two customers dropped in the bakery on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach and said they were lost.

    “A couple came in and asked for directions,” Wright said.

    She gave them the information they requested and just like she does with all her customers struck up a conversation. She shared details of recent wedding cakes she was working on and offered them samples.

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or to obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers Street. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Sheriff’s captain demoted after single-vehicle wreck

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s captain was demoted Thursday, May 31, the day after he was involved in a single-vehicle wreck in which an “unauthorized” passenger was in sheriff’s vehicle.

    According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh, Sammy Turner has been demoted to lieutenant from his previous rank of captain following Wednesday’s wreck.

    With his demotion, Turner will be relieved of several duties, Routh said.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 16, 17, 18 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, May 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Anthony Levine Allen, driving while license revoked, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Religion briefs

    Summer programs offered for children
    Children in the community are invited to participate in five summer children’s programs at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 North in Little River, S.C.
    Pre-registration required. All registration forms and permission forms are available online at LRUMC.net or in the church education office. Full and half-scholarships are available. Call the education office for more information at (843) 249-2329. Limited openings are available.

  • It only takes one person to bravely start the dance

    Occasionally, to give myself a treat and a smile of delight, if not an outright guffaw, I click on YouTube.