Local News

  • Supply man arrested in church break-in

        Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of breaking into a church.

    William Robert Cantrell, 44, of Trace Street, was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Cantrell broke into the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at 5909 Ocean Highway W. in Ocean Isle Beach on Oct. 14. While on the property Cantrell also destroyed a glass sign, a front door and locks on the front door while entering the building.

  • One-Stop early voting begins Oct. 20

    Brunswick County’s One-Stop early voting opens Oct. 20 in four locations.

    Sarah Knotts, county board of elections director, is getting the word out to voters to understand One-Stop voting sites are on different schedules.

    “When the state extended early voting, we did not open all sites a week early,” Knotts said. “Only three (satellite) sites in major population centers of Leland, Southport and Shallotte will open Thursday.”

  • Southport woman faces assault charge

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Southport woman accused of assaulting a man with a baseball bat.

    Shannon Dale Byrd, 34, of Maple Road, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Byrd fractured the man’s victim’s spine when she hit him with the bat Oct. 7.

     Byrd was released Oct. 10 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $2,500 bail.    

  • Water line break leads to mandatory water restrictions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce updated county commissioners during their meeting Monday night on the effort to repair a water line break that has county water customers under mandatory restrictions.

    Pierce told the board a cooperative effort between Brunswick County utilities, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and other partners are reassessing their options to repair the leak in the line. “Everyone understands the severity of it,” he said.

  • Student drug use survey responses expected to meet coalition goal

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition expects to more than double the responses to its annual drug use survey of Brunswick County students this year, which will help guide its drug abuse prevention efforts.

    When 2015-16 Pride Surveys were sent to Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick Coalition only garnered 116 responses from students.

  • Canopies still a shady topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In its end-of-summer assessment, Sunset Beach Town Council is still debating the pros and cons of allowing tents and cabanas on the beach.

    During an almost hour-long discussion Tuesday, council opted to reconsider allowing the shade-providing devices following a summer season review of beach patrol operations, cabanas and regulations.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said they do run out of space for cabanas.

  • ‘Barbara’s Wish’ for 200 caps for homeless veterans comes true

    CALABASH — It was one of her last goals: To finish knitting 200 caps for homeless veterans.

    But when Carolina Shores resident Barbara Roth passed away unexpectedly Jan. 17, fellow knitters picked up the slack.

    The name of their effort, “Barbara’s Wish,” took hold as they got busy with their knitting skills to finish stitching all the assorted, colorful handmade caps Roth envisioned.

    Last week, a portion of the Barbara’s Wish team presented 200 handmade caps to Calabash American Legion Post 503 Auxiliary.

  • WWII POW Pat Patterson dies at 96

    He was a soldier to the core, a World War II pilot and Prisoner of War who fought alongside the “greatest” and lived a long life to tell all about it.

    Less than two weeks after returning to Ohio to live with his son, Charles A. “Pat” Patterson, beloved member of Calabash VFW Post 7288, died last Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 96.

  • Calabash rejects requiring Knox-Box emergency access

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have just said no to requiring use of Knox-Box emergency access systems.

    The board at its Oct. 11 meeting voted against a suggestion by town commissioner Cecelia Herman to develop an ordinance requiring the rapid-entry devices, which are used to hold and provide entry keys of businesses and residences to authorized personnel in the event of an emergency.

    Herman said insurance companies are “moving in that direction.”

  • Leland man arrested on child rape charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Patrick Mazza, 19, of National Avenue, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 13, and charged with six counts of felony crimes against nature, four counts of felony statutory rape and four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show Mazza raped a child younger than 13 between June 1 and Sept. 30.