Local News

  • Man extradited to face fraud charges in Sunset Beach

    A 30-year-old Washington, D.C., man has been extradited to Brunswick County and charged in a fraud case in which a Sunset Beach woman was scammed of tens of thousands of dollars.

    Olanrewaju Oluwafemi Thomas, 30, of 821 21st St. in Washington, is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail. He is charged with four counts each of obtaining property by false pretense, felony conspiracy, exploiting a disabled/elderly person and accessing a computer for means of fraud.

  • Meeting on offshore drilling, seismic surveys set for June 6

    Several organizations are coming together to host a public meeting for those opposed to offshore oil drilling and seismic surveys on Tuesday, June 6, at the Northeast Regional Library in Wilmington from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • New state transportation map available

    A newly updated road map of North Carolina is available. The 2017-18 North Carolina State Transportation map is provided at no cost, as is funded and produced by the N.C. Department of Transportation and distributed by Visit NC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

    Maps are available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices in every part of the state. They can be ordered online at VisitNC.com/StateMap or (800) VisitNC. A full-size PDF version can be downloaded at ncdot.gov/travel/mappubs/statetransportationmap.

  • No drought or dry conditions in state

    For the first time since March 2016, all 100 of North Carolina counties are determined to be free from drought or dry conditions.

    “The recent rainfall has brought relief to the state, particularly southwestern North Carolina,” Linwood Peele, acting chairman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council and the state’s Water Supply Planning Branch supervisor, said in a news release. “Streams, groundwater levels and soil moisture have greatly improved and counties are now experiencing near long-term averages.”

  • County health department awarded re-accreditation

    Brunswick County’s Health Department was awarded re-accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board on May 19.

    Brunswick County’s Health Department was one of 15 in the state to receive the re-accreditation designation. The accreditation program’s purpose is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.

  • Horton announces 7th Congressional District seat candidacy

    Dr. Kyle Horton announced her candidacy for North Carolina’s 7th U.S. Congressional District. In a news release, Horton said she plans to bring her experience as an internal medicine physician to the Capitol and restore caring and responsive leadership to southeastern North Carolina.

  • Brierwood Golf Club scheduled to close Thursday, June 1

    SHALLOTTE — Brierwood Golf Club was to officially close Thursday, June 1, head golf pro Joey Godley said.

    The oldest golf course community in Brunswick County, Brierwood booked its final tee times for Wednesday, May 31.

    Dr. Ben Ward built Brierwood in 1967 and the course was eventually owned and operated by descendants in the Ward family.

    Kevin Blum, who formed Blum Investment Group-Golf LLC, purchased the course in 2014. He could not be reached for comment by press time.

  • Former Leland Police officer faces assault charge

    An officer fired from the Leland Police Department in 2012 faces an assault charge.

    Warrants show Leland police arrested 41-year-old John Blasingame of Amber Pines Drive on Wednesday, May 17, on a misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim took out the warrant through a magistrate.

  • Airman rides across country to promote veteran, pet support group

    SHALLOTTE — After falling on difficult times in 2014, Air Force veteran Harold Palmquist of Phoenix found himself seeking a homeless shelter not only for himself, but for his four-legged companion Daisy.

    “I was living in a motel, and they said they can’t accept my dog,” Palmquist said. “They barely had enough beds for humans, so I was just about to hit the street.”

  • Holden Beach commissioners consider staggered terms

    HOLDEN BEACH — Commissioners are considering a referendum that would both lengthen and stagger their terms in office.

    Commissioner H. Ashley Royal pitched the idea at the board’s May 16 meeting.

    Under his proposal, five board members would be elected in 2017, with the three candidates receiving the most votes serving four-year terms and the other two serving two-year terms. Then, Royal said, the 2019 election would put the two-year commissioner positions up for a four-year term, resulting in subsequent staggered four-year terms for each commissioner.