Local News

  • Property value drop expected in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — In this revaluation year, the town is anticipating a drop in assessed values that will need to be taken into account as budgetary planning gets under way for fiscal 2015-2016.

    That was the forecast at town commissioners’ annual budget retreat last Friday, March 13, at town hall.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall also outlined the statewide business privilege license tax will be eliminated July 1, and the town is also expecting a decline in Powell Bill revenue as the state fuel tax system changes.

  • Leland man charged with sex crimes

     A Leland man faces felony charges in Brunswick County after his arrest Friday, March 6.

    Leland detectives arrested 35-year-old Kenneth McKnight of Ryefield Court and charged him with one count of statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old, one count of sexual activity by a substitute parent and one count of crimes against nature, Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a March 10 news release.

    Humphries said detectives, “weren’t looking to charge anyone else in the case at this time.

  • Fire destroys Winnabow home

     An electrical fire engulfed a home in Winnabow on Friday afternoon, March 13.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said an accidental electrical fire started inside a home on Van Galloway Trail during the middle of the day, destroying the home.

    The home was a total loss, Garner said, but a man inside the home was able to escape.

    No one was injured.

    Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department was the primary fire and rescue responder, Garner said.

  • Calabash remembers late Mayor Keith Hardee

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has paid tribute to late Mayor Keith Hardee by presenting plaques in his memory to his children.

    The ceremony came at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting March 10.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said it was her honor to present to Hardee’s children “this plaque commemorating the love that this board, this mayor and the townsfolk” have for Hardee, who died Jan. 12.

  • Sunset Beach Fire Department poised for beach patrol

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Fire Department is poised to assume responsibility for oceanfront beach patrol operations.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey had to say about the changeover from public works to his department at the monthly Sunset Beach Town Council workshop Tuesday, March 17.

    Dempsey said he has a staff of part-time people ready to work during the upcoming beach season that launches in just a couple more weeks, Easter weekend, April 4-5.

  • Drug agents arrest Supply man after six-month investigation

    A Supply man faces multiple drug charges after a six-month investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    Harry Eric Grissett, 41, of Makatoka Road, was arrested at a home on Empire Way in Supply on Friday, March 13, after a consensual search of the residence resulted in the seizure of prescription medication (oxymorphone and a fentanyl patch), cocaine, marijuana, more than a dozen bindles, or doses, of heroin and 13.6 grams of crack cocaine, according to a sheriff’s office news release and warrants.

  • Shallotte man faces drug charges after traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug charges Thursday, March 12.

    Clayton John Allen Holmes, 30, of Burke Lane NW, was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Brunswick County Courthouse re-opens after sprinkler malfunction

    The Brunswick County Courthouse will re-open Monday, March 16, after a sprinkler malfunction caused it to close for the day Thursday, March 12, and kept it closed Friday, March 13.

    Brunswick County public information officer Amanda Hutcheson said the malfunction occurred in Courtroom 4 on the second floor of the building. Water from the sprinklers then affected Courtroom 2, which is below Courtroom 4 on the first floor.

  • Leland looks to legislature for end of H2GO, start of regional ABC Board

    Leland officials will send state legislators two requests to revoke the charter for H2GO and permit an ABC store in North Brunswick County.

    At a Thursday, March 5, workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    A second resolution asks the legislature to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Church shelters on county meeting agenda

    Brunswick County commissioners will hear firsthand the process for allowing churches to shelter the homeless in emergency situations at their March 16 meeting.

    Reggie Hucks, Brunswick County chief building inspector and director of code administration, and Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, will present the process guidelines created Feb. 20.