Local News

  • Sheriff's Office locates woman reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has safely located 35-year-old Kimberly Kelly Seawell of Bolivia in Conway, S.C. 

    She was last seen at her residence on Clemmons Road in Bolivia on Dec. 8. 

  • State auditor race recount does not change results

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections conducted a recount of the State Auditor’s contest Dec. 7 after Republican candidate Chuck Stuber asked the State Board of Elections for a recount of votes in his race against incumbent Democrat Beth Wood.

    Brunswick County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said Stuber called for the recount in all 100 counties because the margin between the candidates was less than 10,000 votes.

    Knotts said the recount found Stuber lost a vote from the initial count, which was added to Wood’s total.

  • Ussery appointed chief district court judge

    Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Judge Scott Ussery as chief district court judge for Judicial District 13 (Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties), effective Jan. 1, 2017.

    Ussery will succeed Chief Judge Jerry Jolly upon his retirement.

  • NCDOT offers drone safety tips

    One of the gifts most likely to top wish lists for kids and adults alike this holiday season is a drone. Retailers estimate as many as 1.2 million unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, will be sold by the end of December, a 112 percent increase over last year. The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help recreational drone operators stay off the naughty list with a set of safety tips.

  • House passes funding bill with Hurricane Matthew relief

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution to continue government operations, maintain funding at the current budget cap level and provide disaster relief to families and communities impacted by recent flooding, including disaster aid to assist North Carolinians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

  • Commissioner wins case against $600M insurance rate increase

    The North Carolina Supreme Court refused to hear the insurance industry’s appeal of the North Carolina Court of Appeals decision affirming Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s rejection of a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase of about $600 million.

  • Leland police officer shot, gunman killed

    LELAND — The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shooting Friday, Dec. 9, in which a Leland police officer was injured and the gunman killed.

    Jacob Alan Schwenk, 34, of Winnabow, was listed at press time in stable condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds to his legs, Town Manager David Hollis said.

  • Leland woman county’s fourth lottery winner in 2016

    Serena Perkins of Leland became Brunswick County’s fourth lottery winner of 2016 when she won $100,000 in the Dec. 7 Powerball drawing, beating the 1 in 913,129 odds.

    Perkins claimed her prize Dec. 8 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she received $69,250.

  • Investigators find Holden Beach girl reported missing in 2011

    A Holden Beach woman reported missing five years ago has been found safely living in Columbus, Ohio.

    Rachel Natacha Owens was 15 when she was reported missing May 5, 2011. Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car on her own without force.

    Owens, now 21, was located in Columbus about noon Friday, Dec. 9, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release.

  • Detectives investigate Calabash body shop theft case

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of items from a Calabash body shop.