Local News

  • Municipal voters head to polls Tuesday

    Editor’s note: Complete election results may not be available by press time for the Nov. 9 edition; however, they will be posted online at brunswickbeacon.com, under the political tab in the news category, as they become available Tuesday night, Nov. 7.

    A complete follow-up report will be published in the Nov. 16 edition.

  • Mickey’s Beauty Shop closes after 52 years in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — Mickey Holden, owner of Mickey’s Beauty Shop, saw her last customer Oct. 26.

    On her last afternoon in the business she operated in Shallotte for 52 years, her friends and customers, including Maryland Causey, Pearl Rising, and Nancy Chavis, all came by the salon at 121 Shallotte Ave. for one last trim or just to say goodbye ... to the shop.

    Holden said her customers have become her friends. “I hate to tell all of them I’m not working anymore,” she said.

  • Man accused of disclosing private images

    A Wilmington man faces 11 felony counts of disclosure of private images.

    Francis Christopher Zober, 33, of Halifax Road was arrested Oct. 31, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Warrants show Zober shared the images Sept. 20.

    He remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • OIB first responders honored with free breakfast

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A mix of Ocean Isle Beach town representatives, firefighters, police and residents gathered at Ocean Isle Beach Community Center to enjoy pastries, fruit, coffee and juice as part of the town’s first breakfast with first responders Thursday, Oct. 26.

    Capt. Robert M. Yoho Jr. of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department has been with the department a total of 33 years, beginning as a volunteer in 1984. While he has no recollection of it, he said, apparently this job has always been his dream job.

  • Man re-indicted in Sunset Beach scam case

    Charges were dismissed and re-filed against a man charged in a fraud case in which a Sunset Beach woman was scammed of tens of thousands of dollars.

    Olanrewaju Oluwafemi Thomas, 30, of 821 21st St. in Washington, D.C., remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

    Thomas was arrested in Washington on May 23 and brought to North Carolina on May 26.

  • Rottweiler bites toddler in Winnabow

    A Rottweiler attacked a 1-year-old Winnabow boy Oct. 24.

    The boy, who was not named, was climbing over a kennel when the male dog bit his head and ear, according to a Brunswick County Animal Protective Services report. An EMS crew took the boy to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment.

    The dog’s owner was not charged and signed the Rottweiler over to Brunswick County Animal Protective Services for a 10-day quarantine, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two more arrested in gambling investigation

    Two more people have been arrested in a Brunswick County gambling investigation.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced Oct. 20 it arrested seven people on felony gaming charges after “an intensive undercover investigation over the past several months,” according to a news release. It also seized 387 video gaming machines and more than $250,000 in cash after 16 searches conducted throughout the county as part of the investigation.

  • Sunset Beach market a year-long topic of contention

    SUNSET BEACH — Since last year, the weekly Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach has undergone a management and name change, scrutiny and debate, the latter at times contentious among Sunset Beach Town Council members, vendors and citizens.

  • SB council candidate Nern files police complaint against councilman Cerrato after confrontation

    Nearly a week after he was confronted by a town councilman, Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Charlie Nern filed a complaint with the Sunset Beach Police Department.

    Nern, 70, said he made a complaint last Monday, Oct. 23, following the incident at a town council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    The incident occurred near the end of the meeting while Nern was speaking during public comment about the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach after a majority of council voted to raise fees next year.

  • Tornado touches down near Shallotte

    The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down Oct. 23 between Shallotte and Supply.

    The tornado was detected about 10 miles northeast of Shallotte in Supply about 11:45 p.m. and traveled less than a half-mile, according to NWS Wilmington.