Controlled burns scheduled at Orton Plantation through spring

A controlled burn by the Nature Conservancy in North Carolina (Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina Facebook page)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — If you see smoke around Orton Plantation over the next couple of months, don’t be alarmed. Orton Plantation has begun its annual controlled burns this month, which will continue this spring. According to the Orton Plantation, the burns will take place until May 1 as the weather allows and permits are available. […]

High schooler’s love for flying reaffirmed during Brunswick County job shadow day

From left-to-right: Howie Franklin of Cape Fear Regional Jetport, Booke Demonbreun and Rich Largent of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 939. Photo courtesy- Karen Sphar.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY – What’s life like in the “real” world? More than 60 South Brunswick High School students  tasted reality recently as part of job shadow day put on in conjunction with the Career Ready program at Brunswick County Schools. With help from The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Brunswick County Career […]

Take the 4-H road to ‘Healthy Living’

Brunswick County 4'Hers recently attended Electric Congress at UNCW. Photo courtesy N.C. Cooperative Extension.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — In October 2016, Jillian Bowling and Amelia Apple, from Brunswick County 4-H, were chosen as the first North Carolina Healthy Living Ambassadors. As a result, they were given the opportunity to attend Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice (YV:YC) grant training with N.C. 4-H staff to learn about new curriculum, techniques, and activities […]

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ICE investigation in Brunswick County ends in suspect shooting; officer on administrative leave

Editor’s note: An investigation has cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Officer Major Laurie Watson of any wrongdoing and she has be reinstated to full duty. That story can be read here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A 28-year-old man, the subject of a federal immigration and customs investigation, was shot at his home during an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning. […]

Brunswick County’s annual ‘Little Princess Ball’ provides special afternoon for local girls


SOUTHPORT — It was another memorable event for the annual Little Princess Ball sponsored by Communities In Schools (CIS) and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation in February. The Little Princess Ball is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model. Little princesses came dressed in their prettiest dresses, ball […]

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Four more arrested in Brunswick County drug sweeps

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Four more offenders have joined the dozens arrested last weekend by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit after multiple investigations into illegal drug activity throughout the county. Last week, the Sheriff John Ingram’s Office credited community complaints and tips for triggering various investigations across Brunswick that lead arrests Sunday and […]

Parrot Heads unite! Southport-Oak Island Chamber announces Oak Island Lighthouse Walk/Run

OAK ISLAND — Participants will ‘flock’ to the North Carolina beach town of Oak Island to participate in the Oak Island Lighthouse Walk/Run on Saturday, April 22. The event, sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital, offers fitness activities on the beautiful coast for all levels with a half marathon, 10k, 5k and One Mile Fun Run. Embracing […]

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‘The Long March Home’, life of the post Civil War soldier to be discussed at next Civil War Round Table meeting

CASWELL BEACH — The demobilization of both armies during the first few months following Appomattox revealed many of the problems that Civil War veterans would face during the post war years. They drank, engaged in violence, and some chose to hold on to their weapons — all of which posed a threat to civilian authorities […]

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Family of 13-year-old killed in Shallotte wreck: ‘We want him to be remembered as a child that had a big heart’

“Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night because I miss him so much. I will always love my brother and he will always be in my heart.” -- Hannah-Ruth Smith

Family and friends of Caleb Smith release balloons outside the courthouse following a plea in his death. Photo by Christina Haley.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Thirteen year-old Caleb Smith played many roles in his young life: son, grandson, brother, best friend and a means of support, love, faith and forgiveness for many that knew him. It was his care for others, and his big heart, which led to the situation that took his life a year ago, […]

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