Today's News

  • State reaches settlement over false Medicare, Medicaid claims

    North Carolina has settled with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier, over civil allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicare and Medicaid.

    The settlement is joined by 22 other states and the federal government. The total settlement is $9.95 million, of which North Carolina will receive $43,671.23.

  • Split vote halts mayoral appointment in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The town is still without a mayor after town council voted a split 2-2 on the appointment of sole candidate Greg Weiss to fill the seat at their monthly meeting Monday night, July 2.

    Town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern cast votes opposing Weiss’ appointment to Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and town councilwoman Jan Harris’ affirmative votes, leaving a split vote in the absence of town councilman Richard Cerrato, who had a death in his family.

  • Man charged in Calabash restaurant break-ins

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies caught the man they believe broke into and stole from a Calabash restaurant July 2.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of Calabash was arrested Tuesday and is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and two counts each of larceny after breaking and entering possession of stolen goods or property.

    The crimes happened about 6 a.m. July 2 at Seafood Hut in Calabash, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Ice cream truck gets stuck in Sunset Beach Fishing Pier

    People were surprised when the driver of this ice cream truck bringing a delivery to the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier decided to drive up the wooden ramp leading to the pier store about 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday, June 27, sending the truck through the wood and onto the sand below.

    "He had a 20,000-pound truck and thought he could get on a wooden ramp," pier owner Becky Kaplan said.

  • Check out new library’s new schedule

    The new Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores has a new schedule of events.

    Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.


    Stitchin' Time, 9 a.m. to noon, free and open to all skill levels. No registration is required.

    House Party Fitness with Chrissy Sisco, 9 a.m., $5 per class. For more information, contact Sisco at (973) 477-3336 or cruiseintofitness@hotmail.com.


  • Train club whistle stop scheduled for July 7-8 in Carolina Shores

    Make plans to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • Band of Oz set for OIB on Friday night, July 6

    Band of Oz, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, touts a rich history spanning 50 years in North Carolina.

    In the mid-1960s, a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born in the Pitt County town of Grifton.

    The group was described as a “guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

  • ONDBEAT: 90th birthday party planning a hot summer challenge

    Takata airbags, you suck bad and dangerous air.

    As a sometime investigative reporter, I was oblivious when Dave, my favorite Low Country car salesman, rang up last week to convey both bad and good news.

    The bad news, which came first, involved the latest rampant airbag recall on certain vehicular models, including mine. It’s going to take a good three, four, six or more months for them to be replaced.

    The good news is he could help steer me in a different direction with rebates on top of rebates plus brand new payments on other wheels.

  • Calabash restaurant fire deemed accidental

    The cause of a fire that broke out at George’s Pancake House in Calabash last week has been attributed to an accidental electrical malfunction in an office area.

    A Brunswick County Code Administration news release said that is the preliminary finding by multiple agencies regarding the structure fire first reported to emergency dispatch by a caller at 2:55 p.m. last Tuesday, June 26, at the longtime eatery at 9941 Beach Drive.

  • Calabash Fire Department June 2018

    During the month of June, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 182 calls: 14 structure fires, three woods/brush fires, a vehicle fire, six fire alarms, six motor vehicle accidents, a rescue, a gas leak, two mutual aid, six other, 22 public assistance and 120 EMS first-response calls.