Local News

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • Shallotte police arrest three on multiple felony charges

    Three people are accused of depositing stolen checks to buy heroin between June and September.

    Christian Orion Russ, 24, of Longwood Road in Longwood, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 12, and charged with two felony counts each of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, exploiting disabled/elderly, conspiracy, receiving money improperly from a bank machine and depositing money into a banking machine.

  • Leland committee receives business study results

    LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.

  • 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.