Local News

  • Commissioners put $152M school bond on November ballot

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners set the $152 million school bond referendum in writing at their meeting Monday night.

    The steps involved in placing the bond on the Nov. 8 ballot include publishing a notice of the special bond referendum and requesting the Brunswick County Board of Elections add the language of the referendum to the ballot.

  • NCDOT plans to replace Mulberry Branch bridge

    Planning for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road in Shallotte will begin this month.

    Gary Lovering, the NCDOT design engineer for the project, said it is scheduled to go out for bid and a contractor will be awarded the project this month.

    Lovering said the bridge in place now is considered old and obsolete.

    Plans for the bridge replacement were in the works before a Carolina Shores teen died in a crash there in February.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 25

    Tyler Blake Rogers, 20, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Thomas Douglas Roger, 16, was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

    Shoplifting power tools worth $200 from Wal-Mart.

    Shoplifting clothing worth $34.08 from Wal-Mart.

    July 26

    Kevin Dewayne Brown, 39, was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

  • Grand jury indicts teen charged in fatal crash

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a teen, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February, on a charge of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

    Devin Keither Harris, 18, was arrested April 4 and indicted on the charge July 25, records show. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $2 million bail, records show.

  • Seven people hurt in crash Sunday on N.C. 211 in Bolivia

    Seven people were sent to area hospitals with minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash on N.C. 211 near Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Trooper D. Adams with Highway Patrol said the collision happened at 6 p.m. Sunday on N.C. 211 near Midway Road when Randolph Morrison, 52, of Bolivia, failed to stop his white Buick and struck the rear end of a boat attached to a black F350 truck driven by Chauvet Jackson, 32, of Bolivia with six passengers. Jackson was making a left-hand turn into his driveway at the time of the crash. Adams said Morrison was drunk at the time of the crash.

  • Nursing/adult care facility public hearing planned for Aug. 10

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host an Aug. 10 public hearing on a proposal to create a combination nursing facility and adult care home in Lockwood Folly.

    In a public notice released July 11, DHHS reported the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section received an application to develop the combination nursing facility/adult care home from southeastern North Carolina care providers Liberty Healthcare Nursing Properties of Brunswick County, Southport Nursing Center, J.A. McNeill & Sons and S&R Properties III.

  • Coffee with Congressman Rouzer

    Congressman David Rouzer is hosting a series of coffee talks to share his vision.

    The first coffee will take place at Dockside in Calabash on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. The second will take place at MacGrooder’s in Leland at 2 p.m.

    “We’ll be working with you — the American people — in towns and cities all across America, to discuss this and other issues of concern,” Rouzer said in a news release. “I’m inviting you to join me at any one of our ‘coffees’ across the district.”

  • Varnamtown woman faces legal battle with daughter over home

    VARNAMTOWN — It’s Gail and Doug Hewitt’s dream home, one they waited for years to build after selling their longtime office-supply business up North and moving to Doug’s native fishing town in the South.

    The white two-bedroom house on a quiet Varnamtown road was built on Doug’s family homeplace with the couple’s hard-earned savings, in a columned Cape Cod style harking back to Gail’s own native Connecticut.

  • Southport man to serve more than six years for stabbing wife

    A Southport man will serve at least six years in prison for stabbing his wife last fall.

    Senior Resident Court Judge Ola M. Lewis convicted 71-year-old Edward Earl Jones of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after a two-day bench trial and sentenced him to 73 to 100 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday, Aug. 2.

    Lewis also ordered Jones to pay $10,172 to his wife in restitution.

  • Winnabow man faces assault charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Winnabow man accused of assaulting a woman with a knife and a flashlight.

    William Berry Powers, 71, of Long Circle NE, was arrested Friday, July 29, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Warrants show Powers struck and slashed the woman with a black-handled knife repeatedly, cutting her on the right forearm, before he hit her in the face with a flashlight.

    Powers was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $2,000 bail.