Local News

  • Leland firefighter accused of sex crimes involving girls

     A 49-year-old Leland firefighter accused of sexually exploiting girls faces 14 felony charges after his arrest Monday, July 27.

    Deputies arrested Brian David Saltsgaver, of Liz Lane, and charged him with indecent liberties, nine counts of felony disseminating obscenities and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Tuesday, July 28.

  • Lightning blamed for two Leland fires



    Lightning is being blamed for fires that destroyed a home and an amenities center in Leland last week.

    Scott Garner, Brunswick County’s fire marshal, said officials believe lightning strikes during a strong thunderstorm Thursday, July 23, sparked the two fires.

    One fire significantly damaged a home on Evangeline Drive in the Brunswick Forest community. A separate lightning strike hit the clubhouse at Waterberry Plantation in the Jackey’s Creek area.

  • Work starts on new medical facility for south Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — Construction of a future 20,000-square-foot medical plaza for the south end of Brunswick County has officially launched.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Novant Health facility took place Monday morning, July 27, at its future site at the corner of U.S. 17 and Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores.

    The new medical plaza will offer primary and specialty care as well as imaging services, according to Novant.

  • Kindred Spirit gets a new bench

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Tom Thomas, people penning their thoughts at the Kindred Spirit mailbox have a new place to perch.

    Monday, the 82-year-old Atlanta resident rode a bicycle down to the popular sanctuary to view a newly installed, second bench he made for the site long renowned for its notebooks.

  • Pharmacy technician faces drug trafficking charges

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a  pharmacy technician who faces drug trafficking charges Monday, July 27.

    Two agents with the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit arrested Dustin Lee Holloman, 31, of Savannah Lane SW in Supply, on three felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance from a drug enforcement agent, a felony count of trafficking in opiates and misdemeanor possession of schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances.

  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home July 23 in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Fontella Marie Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road that night.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Supply man sought on felony charges turns self in

    A 19-year-old Supply man wanted on two felonies turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

    Zachary Sky Matthews of Green Pine Drive faces breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Matthews is accused of breaking into a home on Lewis Street, damaging  the home’s front door and door frame, and stealing a microwave oven and electronics worth $250, warrants show.

  • Sunset Beach mayor to advance promotions policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has been tasked with creating a promotions policy for the town to serve as a guideline for the local merchants association.

    Watts, speaking at town council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, July 21, said he would have something ready in time for council’s next monthly meeting Aug. 3.

  • Leland opens new town hall for review, town meeting

    LELAND — Leland residents had their first chance to walk through the new town hall July 16 before a dedication ceremony prior to the monthly town meeting.

    Officials also christened the building by hosting the meeting in the new commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor.

    Visitors were able to walk through the completed, but unfurnished, two-story town hall, which includes administration offices and the meeting room in one wing along Town Hall Drive and the police department, whose wing runs along Old Fayetteville Road.

  • Holden Beach seeks NCDOT crosswalks, votes down $500,000 toilets

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach staff sought help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the town’s crosswalks after receiving complaints about deficient pavement markings, signs and maintenance.

    But according to the NCDOT, the town improperly created crosswalks at every beach access — 24 in all — along Ocean Boulevard.

    Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, updated commissioners about the issue during their July 14 meeting.