Local News

  • Woman indicted on sex crimes involving handicapped person

     A Calabash woman is accused of sexual crimes with a handicapped person in March 2013.

    On Sept. 22, a grand jury indicted 57-year-old Kathy Miller of 9259 Bonaparte Drive on charges of second-degree sexual offense, sexual battery and sexual assault on a handicapped person.

    Miller “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit the abominable and detestable crime against nature” with the victim, according to arrest warrants.

  • Five rescued after boat capsizes near Holden Beach

     Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people after their boat capsized in the Lockwood Folly Inlet on Saturday morning, Oct. 4.

    Coast Guard Sector North Carolina officials received notification from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel at anchor within the inlet had capsized, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom.

    Coast Guard officials issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.  

  • Shallotte man charged with insurance fraud

     A Shallotte man has been charged with insurance fraud after authorities say he filed a false claim in August.

    Christopher Eric Grissett, 41, of 4160 Ruby Way NW, was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

  • Navassa man accused of sex crimes with children

     A Navassa man arrested Sept. 28 is accused of touching himself on his front porch in front of children in 2005 and 2010.

    Hernan Flores-Crontreras, 55, of 101-2 Shasta Lane, was arrested at 12:03 a.m. on charges of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website.

    The charges come from the Navassa Police Department and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show.

    Flores-Crontreras is incarcerated on $50,000 bail.

  • After record-setting year, Relay kicks off 2015 campaign

     SHALLOTTE — Lights, camera, cure.

    Just four months removed from completing one of the most successful Relay for Life campaigns in Brunswick County history, volunteers were back at it at Highest Praise Worship Center on Thursday, Oct. 2, to officially kick off the 2015 relay season.

  • Rotary helps SMS revitalize atrium garden

     SHALLOTTE — As you walk through the front doors at Shallotte Middle School, there are a few things impossible to miss. You’ll notice the green and gold Pirates memorabilia in a glass case, you’ll notice artwork from the students hanging on the walls, and now you’ll notice a revamped atrium garden in the courtyard area.

  • Deputies investigate bomb threats at South Brunswick High



    South Brunswick High School returned to normal schedule after a pair of bomb threats briefly disrupted instruction time Thursday morning, Oct. 2, at the school’s Boiling Spring Lakes campus.

    After receiving notification of a bomb threat through Yik-Yak, a social media site, local law enforcement officials swept South Brunswick prior to any students or staff arriving on campus, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • S.C. murder suspect may be in Brunswick County

    A Longs, S.C., man wanted in a deadly shooting Monday, Oct. 6, may be hiding in Brunswick County, authorities said.

    Investigators are searching for 31-year-old Lakenneth Clarida, Horry County (S.C.) Police Department Lt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday. Clarida is described as a 6-foot-2 black man weighing 195 pounds.

  • Flood maps up for review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — New federal flood maps are up for review in Sunset Beach through November or December, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s monthly town council pre-meeting work session.

    During the regular 7 p.m. meeting that followed, town building inspector Randy Walters said preliminary maps are friendly to construction and reflective of 1980s-‘90s maps. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency did a flood study based on the latest data that’s only several years old instead of 30 years old.

  • Carolina Shores to consider waste site options

    CAROLINA SHORES — Following debate, the Carolina Shores town board of commissioners has approved consideration of a sold-waste convenience site engineering proposal and a waste convenience site agreement with Waste Industries.

    Approval to have the items included for consideration on the board’s monthly meeting agenda at 2 p.m. this coming Thursday, Oct. 9, came at commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Oct. 6.