More than 2,000 acres of North Carolina’s coast closed to shellfish harvesting

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SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — State fisheries authorities have closed 2,450 acres of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shellfish harvesting after the waters failed to meet required bacteriological standards. Locally, nearly 200 acres of coastal waters in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties have been closed until further testing meets quality standards, according to the North […]

Nationally sanctioned mountain bike race to kick off in Leland

LELAND — After more than two years of planning, the first NICA race will be held in North Carolina. Over 200 teens are scheduled to attend and race in the inaugural mountain biking series which starts March 11 in Leland. Held at the Brunswick Nature Park on River Road, the race will kick off a […]

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Where We Live: Inside the Bell-Clemmons House, a Civil War-era home and bed and breakfast

Originally a privately-owned home, the house was sold for $400 in 1873 and later became a boarding house in the early 1900s. A century later in 2004, it was completely renovated and then turned into a bed and breakfast.


Where We Live: A weekly look at the homes in the Cape Fear Region SOUTHPORT — Rick and Cathi Ulrich weren’t looking to own their own business or a bed and breakfast when they were searching for their retirement home in Southport. But when Cathi Ulrich walked into the Bell-Clemmons House and saw the kitchen, […]

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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Rise in traffic fatalities linked to aging population, distracted driving

The Wilmington area can't hide from the rise in traffic crashes across the state.

RALEIGH – With about 20 percent of the population in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties 65 years and older, The Insurance Federation of North Carolina (IFNC) is offering senior drivers, as well as all drivers, several safety tips to help alleviate traffic accidents. TRIP, a national transportation research group, reported that 18 percent of […]

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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