Local News

  • ATMC expands FOCUS fiber optics in OIB

    As part of the company’s five-year network enhancement and expansion project, ATMC will soon begin the construction of a fiber optic network that will span Ocean Isle Beach and enable it to deliver the company’s FOCUS fiber optic communications services to residents and businesses.

    The $5.5 million investment is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018 and will provide more than 6,000 residents and businesses on the island with access to one gigabit broadband speeds.

  • Leland man cited in two-vehicle Wilmington crash

    A Leland man was cited on a failure to stop for a red light charge after his dump truck hit an SUV in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Leonard Mills, 65, failed to stop at a red light at Carolina Beach and River roads and struck the front of a 2000 Acura SUV at 7:33 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.E. Moore said Nicole Barnett, 48, was trying to steer the SUV left onto River Road into the Carolina Beach northbound lanes.

  • OIB airport to receive funding

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport in Ocean Isle Beach will receive $33,334 for phase one of a new perimeter fence.

    It is one of four airports in the state to receive N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation approval of state and federal funding.

  • Commissioners rescind offshore drilling support — for now

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners rescinded their support Jan. 16 for seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic coast.

    But a final decision on where the board stands will be made in 30 days.

    On Tuesday, the board reversed a July 6, 2015, county resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for offshore oil and natural gas development along the Atlantic coast.

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report about gun fired at a Brunswick County Schools bus about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    A bus window was damaged, but no one was hurt.

    Someone called dispatchers to report the shooting near Jones Street and Green Lewis Road in Bolivia, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and school district.

    Deputies who responded determined the shot came from a BB gun accidentally fired by a child at one of the homes in the neighborhood.

  • Shallotte police seek man who damaged coin-operated machine

    Police detectives are looking for the middle-aged white man who damaged coin-operated machines in Shallotte.

    The man wears glasses. He was seen wearing a Nike hoodie with a jacket during one break-in and wearing a hat with flames on the bill, a flannel long-sleeved shirt and blue denim jeans in another.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police 754-6008 and asking to speak to Detective Sgt. John Holman or Detective Cory McLamb, or send a private message through the department’s Facebook page.

  • County schools on two-hour delay Thursday

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for both students and staff Thursday, Jan. 18, based on National Weather Service predictions and Gov. Roy Cooper’s State of Emergency declaration.

    “Please keep in mind that Brunswick County covers a lot of ground and that roads in one part of the county may be fine while on the other side of the county they can be dangerous,” district spokesman Daniel Seamans said.

    Any other schedule changes prompted by the weather will be announced about 6 a.m. Thursday, Seamans said.

  • Volunteers team up to learn what’s ‘B.E.S.T. For Kids’

    BOLIVIA — A group of 126 people moved as one as they copied the movements of the woman at the front of the room at Brunswick Community College on Jan. 10.

    Only this wasn’t an exercise class at Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. It was a training session for B.E.S.T. (Brunswick Early Success Team) For Kids, an initiative set to launch at the end of this month in elementary schools across the public school district.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks stolen truck

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teal 2002 Ford F350 XLF Power Stroke diesel truck stolen sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 in the 8100 block of River Road, Southport.

    According to a Facebook post, the tailgate of the truck has a unique pinstripe design that can also be found on the dashboard of the truck.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller at 398-5335.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man faces felony marijuana charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man on felony marijuana charges.

    Samuel Chad Hodges, 23, of Earl Street was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

    Warrants show Hodges had 21 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag in a green 1994 Honda Civic on Dec. 22.

    Hodges remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $125,000 bail.