Local News

  • Man faces felony charges in crash that killed three people

    A Wilmington man faces felony charges in Friday night crash that killed three people on U.S. 17 near Sunset Beach.

    Michael Anthony Johnson, 31, faces three counts of death by motor vehicle in the four-vehicle collision that killed 59-year-old Penny Pigford of Wilmington and Leroy and Frances Carlisle, both 82, of Ash.

    The charges are felonies because alcohol was a factor in the crash, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Corey Blackwell said.

  • Woman reported missing found safe

    A woman reported missing has been found safe, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon.

    Ashley Amber Johnson, 26, was last seen in the Supply area on Feb. 7.

    A sheriff’s office Facebook post provided no details.

  • Sheriff’s office asking for public’s assistance in locating missing teen

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a teen they say was last seen Thursday evening.

    Sixteen-year-old Shimeck Williams was last seen at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 wearing a white shirt and shorts, and he may be wearing a blue North Brunswick hoodie.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 253-2777 or 911.

  • Adams to retire as BCC president in January

    Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams will retire in January.

    Adams, the college’s first female president, joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of education experience, mainly in North Carolina and Virginia community college systems.

    Adams led BCC through growth, campus expansion and reaccreditations during her time as president, according to a news release issued Friday.

  • Vehicle property tax receipts available online

    Taxpayers can retrieve their paid 2017 vehicle property tax receipts online from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to use when they file this year’s income tax returns. Vehicle owners can view and print their vehicle property tax receipts through the MyDMV web portal.

  • NCDOT announces improved litter website

    Those interested in adopting or sponsoring a highway now have a user-friendly tool that shows routes available for cleanup in all 100 North Carolina counties thanks to a new litter management website, https://apps.ncdot.gov/LM, with an interactive map.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit website helps current volunteers see where their assigned roadways are, markets the Sponsor-A-Highway program, and makes it easier for volunteers to report the amount of litter collected.

  • Sunset Beach announces planned road projects

    Several road and right-of-way projects in Sunset Beach may result in single lane closures and intermittent traffic delays during construction, according to a town news release. All start dates and completion dates are weather dependent. Permitted project plans will online at sunsetbeach.nc.gov.

  • NCDOT closes portion of Clemmons Road

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed Clemmons Road, from Gilbert Road to Lennon Road, in Bolivia until Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. for repairs and resurfacing.

    The NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits and allow extra travel time.

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • Calabash VFW launches annual Lenten fish fry dinners

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 packs the hall for its fish fry dinners each Friday during Lent and this year will be no exception.

    Beginning  Friday, Feb. 16, and continuing each Friday through March 30, the Post offers up a generous serving of haddock along with french fries and coleslaw from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The cost of the feast is $11 per plate with chowder for another $2.  These dinners are prepared after the order is submitted so freshness is assured.