Today's News

  • No injuries reported in school bus fire


    It wasn’t the type of excitement students had hoped for when they were out of classes Tuesday afternoon.

    Forty students, staff members and chaperons of Brunswick County Schools were evacuated from a bus when it caught fire.

    The Brunswick County Schools activities bus carrying Leland Middle School seventh-grade students was evacuated at the corner of George II Hwy (N.C. 87) and Funston Road in Winnabow within a matter of minutes.

  • Lady Trojans shut out North 4-0

     Sophomore Carla Zio scored three straight goals as the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 4-0 in a conference game Monday evening.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal on a shot by senior Tessa Bennett with 30 minutes left in the half. She dribbled to the left of the box and lofted the ball into the back right corner of the goal.

  • BCC sweeps doubleheader from Rockingham

     Aaron Champion threw a seven-inning four-hitter as the Brunswick Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader Saturday against Rockingham Community College, winning the first game 14-6 in seven innings and the second game 8-0 behind Champion’s four-hitter.

    Champion, a left-hander, struck out two and walked one.

    Alex Sasser was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Hill was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

  • Hole issue: Sunset Beach digging deeper for sand, tent rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Digging holes in the sand with a shovel is as common as boogie boards and sunbathing at the beach.

    But the seemingly innocuous activity has also been known to pose safety hazards.

    At its upcoming workshop at next Tuesday, April 17, Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to take a closer look at proposed amendments addressing hole-digging and “shading devices” at the beach.

    Council members have previously discussed safety issues posed by both activities.

  • Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 dedicated

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 is officially open.

    A crowd of town officials and invited guests turned out Monday for a dedication ceremony of the town’s new, second fire station at 7149 Old Georgetown Road.

    The ceremony kicked off with a welcome by Mayor Richard Cerrato and presentation of colors by Marine Corps League Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of Calabash, followed by an invocation and singing of the National Anthem.

  • Quilters donate to hospital, Hope Harbor

    CALABASH—The Saltaire Quilters are at it again.

    Last week, the creative seamstresses once again presented worthy recipients with their latest array of handmade, colorful quilts.

    The quilts were given to representatives with Brunswick Novant Medical Center and Hope Harbor Home.

    Deborah Rochelle, guest services and volunteer manager at Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Lynn Carlson, executive director of Hope Harbor Home, took turns choosing from among 22 hand-sewn quilts.

  • North Carolinians get (cheaper) gas south of the border

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—First thing Monday morning, North Carolinians were having a gas in South Carolina—a cheaper gas, that is.

    Lines of vehicles, most of them from North Carolina, were arriving in a steady flow to take advantage of cheaper gas prices at the Lowes Foods fuel station just south of the border.

    “I’m only seven miles away,” Sunset Beach resident Bill McNeil said as he filled up his SUV. “While we’re shopping at Lowes, you can kill two birds with one stone.”

  • Break-ins, hit-and-run in Sunset Beach

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

    •Breaking-and-entering and larceny into a storage room under a beach house were reported April 8. A fishing cart, two sets of golf club and assorted fishing equipment were reported stolen.

    •A report for harassing phone calls and communicating threats was reported April 6 in the Sugar Sands area of Sea Trail.

  • Carolina Shores clears way for cemetery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a change to allow cemeteries in the agricultural district.

    The amendment to the zoning text ordinance follows a request by Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, which wants to locate a cemetery on U.S. 17 across from Crow Creek Golf Course and just north of The Farm at Brunswick. The 12-acre site being eyed for the future cemetery is in the town’s extraterritorial (ETJ) jurisdiction.

  • Some Holden Beach homeowners skirting occupancy tax on beach rentals

    Holden Beach town staff members heard some people were renting their beach houses and not charging the required occupancy tax.

    So staff members went on the Internet and found 100 houses advertised for vacation rentals on sites other than local rental agencies’, such as on rent-by-owner vacation sites.

    Upon closer inspection, staff members discovered 80 of those were indeed paying their occupancy taxes. But 20 homeowners were not, according to town beach and recreation director Amanda Wiggins.