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Today's News

  • Tracking summertime fishing patterns in Brunswick County

     With the summertime heat finally settling in for good, we’re here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center starting to plan on the season’s fishing pattern. Two of those patterns to track are smaller King mackerel in large numbers just about anywhere you drop a bait and the larger numbers of Spanish mackerel on the beach.

  • Buddy Ball event serves as a humbling reminder to savor life

     We should all take a step back today and think about how fortunate we are.

    I’m guilty of it. I’m sure if you’re honest with yourself, you are, too.

    Let me explain.

    How many of you are familiar with the term “first world problems?”

    For instance, if you hear someone say, “They didn’t have my favorite wine on my first-class flight from New York City to Paris,” that’s considered a first world problem.

    Or how about this one?

  • Leland National remains unbeaten in state tournament

     ASH – Leland National captured the Dixie Youth District 5 championship without suffering a loss.

    Through two rounds of this week’s state tournament at Waccamaw Park in Ash, Leland National has continued its winning ways.

    The 10-year-old all-star squad from northern Brunswick County knocked off South Stanly in the first round Saturday, July 7, before edging Whiteville 2-1 in a winner’s bracket contest Sunday, July 8, in front of a large crowd.

  • Buddy Ball takes center stage at Opening Ceremony

     ASH – It’s been eight years in the making.

    Jeep and Belinda Wilson approached then-Lockwood Folly Dixie Youth assistant coaches William “Little Man” Powell and Brian McDowell about launching a “Buddy Ball” league.

    Buddy Ball would pair special needs youth in Brunswick County with Lockwood Folly Dixie Youth baseball players once a week for an hour-long game.

  • Beach lover Boles leads cleanup effort at OIB

    Jordan Boles spent four years in the mountains of The Tar Heel State during her time as a student at Appalachian State University.

    Her heart is now at the beach.

    Boles, the marketing director for Carolina Surf School, an Ocean Isle Beach-based company, led a beach cleanup July 3 that she had planned a couple of months in advance.

  • OIB board approves ordinance on beach digging

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials aren’t digging the number of holes left on Ocean Isle Beach this summer and put an ordinance in place July 10 to prohibit excessive excavations.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the ordinance proposed Tuesday addresses a larger problem than kids digging small holes while playing on the beach.

  • New judge hears H2GO asset transfer lawsuit

    Representatives of Leland, Belville and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO began pleading their case, again, for the ownership of H2GO’s assets in front of a new judge at a July 6 hearing.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to oversee the case, taking over from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock

  • Committee completes second Leland business study

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee finished a second round of town business surveys, which economic development director Gary Vidmar reviewed for commissioners at their June 21 meeting.

    The first economic development Leland business study was completed in 2016 after the LEDC sent the business survey to 352 businesses.

    The second survey was sent out to more than 400 businesses, Vidmar said, adding all of the businesses contacted are inside Leland’s commercial limits.

  • Absentee ballots for everyone

    Absentee ballots for everyone.

    It’s the most sensible and affordable way to get everyone to vote. So let’s make ‘em do it.

    That’s my takeaway from a Brunswick County Board of Elections hearing I attended a couple weeks back, where the idea of scheduling early voting on a Sunday was discussed.

    It was mentioned more than a few times that Brunswick County has not allowed Sunday voting.

  • Heavy rains sock county while Hurricane Chris stays off shore

    Hurricane Chris loomed off the North Carolina coast through the weekend, but Brunswick County saw a heavy downpour July 7 unrelated to the Atlantic storm as a front moved in from the west.

    Brunswick County saw heavy rainfall levels above five inches Saturday from Shallotte west to the North Carolina state line, said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.