Local News

  • Beachgoers leery about entering water after shark attacks

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A week after two children each lost an arm in separate shark attacks on Oak Island, Brunswick County beaches remained crowded as thousands of tourists flocked to the area for a weeklong vacation.

    While many of those individuals never thought twice about swimming in the Atlantic before last Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island, several people are now entering the ocean with trepidation.

  • Brunswick County drug agents assist in heroin bust

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents assisted New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Wilmington police in the arrest of four men and seizure of heroin Wednesday, June 17, in Wilmington.

  • Beach towns respond in wake of shark attacks

    Brunswick County’s six incorporated beach towns have been keeping an eye out for sharks after recent attacks but have no immediate plans to change the way they monitor the oceanfront.

    Tim Holloman, town manager at Oak Island, where a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in shark attacks June 14, said his town’s regular beach patrol consists of voluntary beach ambassadors and the police department periodically traveling up and down the beach.

    “We typically don’t have any extra patrols at this time,” Holloman said.

  • Sports calendar calls not from chamber

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is alerting residents about an unauthorized solicitation.

    Chamber president/CEO Shannon Viera said some businesses and residents may have recently been contacted by a company soliciting ads for a sports calendar.

    Viera said this is not a chamber-sponsored ad program, and the chamber did not give out a list of emails for chamber members to be contacted.

    “As your chamber, we will never give out your emails unless we have your permission,” Viera wrote in an alert email released June 17.

  • Leland man receives prison sentence for role in 2013 home invasion

     A Leland man was sentenced to more than 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges, including three counts of second-degree kidnapping, in New Hanover County Superior Court last week.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kadeem Ramel Thomas received the sentence after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious bodily injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping, according to a news release issued by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Sea Notes herald Fourth of July with patriotic concerts this weekend

    The public is invited to kick off America’s Fourth of July celebration a week early as the Sea Notes Choral Society presents its 2015 patriotic concert, “A Salute to America, We the People,” in two performances this weekend.

    Concert times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The chorus’ annual salute to America will be under the direction of Dianne Hoffman, with accompanist Susan Linton.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by kennel owners Steve and Debra Somersett at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

  • Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

     A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle in Supply on June 13.

    Twenty-five-year-old James Wesley Gray, of Supply, was pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. after he was struck by a Cadillac SUV near Mount Pisgah and Cumbee roads, Brunswick County deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    The vehicle struck Gray from behind and he was pronounced dead while being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Crocker added.

  • Latest housing data show local market is improving

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to statistics released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said the real estate market in Brunswick County is “moving forward,” based on statistics released in a news release issued by BCAR on June 17.

    Although there was a slight decrease in the number of listings in Brunswick County, the percentage of units sold increased more than 14 percent, Cumbie said.  

  • BCC signs articulation agreement with Mt. Olive

     Brunswick Community College continues to offer its students additional services during its ascent as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.