Today's News

  • Long Bay reef project gets grant

    The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have approved 14 grants, totaling $1.99 million, for the 2012 cycle. The grants are funded from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenues from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses.

  • Fishermen to rally March 21 in D.C.

    Staff report

    U.S. recreational and commercial fishermen will gather March 21 beside the U.S. Capitol in an organized demonstration supporting the amendment of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson Act).
    A rally on Feb. 24, 2010, under a United We Fish banner, attracted about 5,000 recreational, commercial and party/charter vessel owners and folks in associated businesses from all over the country to Washington.

  • MirrOlure plugs are dependable, sturdy

    The mild winter has some anglers still fishing while others are shopping at boat and tackle shows. Right now speckled trout and redfish can be caught in the shallows of Brunswick County. Meanwhile, many folks are buying tackle in preparation for the spring fishing season.
    Very few speckled trout and red drum fishing fanatics lack a collection of colorful MirrOlures. The sturdy and dependable plugs are the traditional hard bait associated with sea trout, as well as redfish, and for good reason.

  • It’s good to see economic growth returning to our area

    Who would have believed when it first opened a small, rural community’s airport would grow as fast as Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport has?
    Who would have believed  it would be one of the few area businesses robustly growing during an economic time when others are closing or struggling to stay afloat?
    Who would have believed that not only are locals and visitors using its services today but also international residents and businesspeople have grown to appreciate the quality of services provided there.

  • Cooking up a book: 'Gallery Gals' publish book to benefit hospice

    CALABASH—It started with assorted social gatherings, accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres.


    Whenever Sunset River Marketplace gallery stages an artsy gala or artist debut, inevitably patrons will ask who provided the tasty food.


    “We do it here,” gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said. “So we kind of jokingly started saying, ‘The Gallery Gals.’”


  • Three arrested for DWI in Sunset Beach

    Three people were recently arrested for driving while impaired.

    •Parna Hopkins, 64, of 1830 Unit 209, Seaside Road, was charged with DWI Jan. 8 by the Sunset Beach Police Department.

    •Virginio Velaz Dominguez, 31, of 8987 Jennis Ave., Calabash, was charged with DWI.

    •Luis Caricio, 32, of 6864 Eastbrook Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with DWI.

  • Sunset Beach reels in roll-back rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has agreed to suspend warnings and review the legality of rewording an ordinance about garbage can roll-backs.

    Council’s instruction to town administrator Gary Parker came Tuesday afternoon following debate about the rules that have drawn objection.

    Ron Watts of Sunset Properties complained about the rollback rules, among other things such as an unsightly Dumpster placed on the island and police trying to stop speeders.

  • 'Rat Pack Show' set for Saturday at OWA

    The Rat Pack is back in town.

    Thanks to Sandy Hackett, son of legendary actor/comedian Buddy Hackett, this coming Saturday night ol’ Sammy, Dean, Joey and Blue Eyes will be crooning and reviving a few of their cool onstage moves at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show is making its Brunswick County debut at 7:30 p.m. In a phone interview Monday, Hackett promised it’s a great show not to be overlooked.

  • Duck hunters raise hackles in Sunset Beach

    Just when you thought it was safe to call Sunset Beach paradise, for humans and fowl, boom!

    That’s the sound resident Jim Thomas says has been startling him and his wife awake in the early mornings as duck hunters descend on Tubbs Inlet.

    It’s been ongoing since the opening of duck-hunting season last fall. Thomas says he’s been complaining for the past four seasons.

  • Brunswick residents share HOA concerns at Raleigh hearing

    Brunswick County residents journeyed to Raleigh this week to push for legislative reform regarding homeowners associations.

    Ole Madsen, a resident of Oyster Harbour at Holden Beach, was among those who spoke Monday at a state House hearing.