Today's News

  • Coalition to launch its inaugural County Care Fair

    The Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) is launching its inaugural County Care Fair, rotating between three Wal-Mart locations in Brunswick County: Monday, July 16, in Leland; Thursday, Aug. 16, in Southport; and Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Shallotte.

    The fair will take place at each location from 5 to 8 p.m. and will offer a wide range of health screenings, education and kid-friendly activities. There will also be grocery store tours and giveaways.

  • OIB planning board to meet July 17

    The Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall at 3 W. Third St. on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board meets the third Tuesday of the month.

    Call 579-2166 for more information.

  • Carolina Shores issues flood maps alert for homeowners

    Carolina Shores announced new flood maps are being adopted Aug. 28 and the blackout window for flood insurance purchase before the effective date is July 28. Homeowners must purchase flood insurance by the July 28 date to qualify for a reduced rate.

    Carolina Shores homeowners are advised to check the town website on flood maps, carolinashoresnc.com/floodmapmodernization, and talk with their insurance agent about a National Flood Insurance Program policy.

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for July 31

    A VA Whole Health Workshop is scheduled for July 31 at 1 p.m. at Wilmington VA Health Care Center (WHCC), Room 1026 at 1705 Gardner Road in Wilmington.

    Whole Health recognizes the patient as a whole person and helps support his or her unique needs, said Dr. Sita Kanithi, a clinical psychologist who supervises Fayetteville VAMC’s Peer Support Specialists.

  • ‘An Evening with Sam Quinones’ scheduled Aug. 23

    The Brunswick County Treatment Court will present ‘An Evening with Sam Quinones,’ author of “Dreamland,” the true tale of America’s opiate epidemic, on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

    This is a free event. The first 250 attendees will receive a free copy of “Dreamland” (one per family).

  • Delco teen cleared of charges in attempted murder case

    A teen accused of trying to kill two people and damaging a third person’s car has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed two counts of attempted murder and count of injury to personal property against Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, on June 4.

    Court records show the charges were dismissed because the case was not prepared for probable cause and Ussery denied the state’s motion to continue. Troy M. Cronk was the prosecutor.

  • District court docket for June 4, 5 and 6


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on June 4, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, June 4

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Bringing back the pollinators

    By Sam Marshall


    Did you know that your backyard has the ability to support more than 1,000 different species of insects at any given time? Given that there may be upwards of 10 quintillion individual insects on the planet at one time, it should come as no surprise that insects have a remarkable ability to adapt an amazing diversity of habitats, including our backyards. So read on to learn more about you can protect pollinators.


    Why the urgency?

  • Pietrafesas celebrate 50th anniversary

    Marilyn Tully and Len Pietrafesa were married June 22, 1968, in Bloomfield, N.J.

    They met in Chicago and after marrying, moved to Corvallis, Ore., and then to Seattle. They settled in Raleigh, where they raised three daughters.

    Since they retired — Len from N.C. State and Marilyn from Wake County Public Schools — they moved to Ocean Isle Beach and Charlotte, where they spend their time golfing, traveling the world and enjoying their four grandchildren.

  • Pair grilled meats with skewer-friendly fruits and veggies

    In case you didn’t get the memo, today (June 21) is the first day of summer. It seems to me, though, it actually started a few weeks earlier.

    We all enjoy grilling meats on our outdoor grills this time of year, especially during these hot, summer months. Heating up the kitchen oven doesn’t seem like a good option for me.