Local News

  • Police: Impaired driver crashes into Shallotte storefront

    Shallotte police said a woman was driving while impaired when she crashed her Dodge Durango into a Main Street storefront Wednesday morning.

    No one was injured, including the driver, 44-year-old Laura Marie Whitesides, of Carolina Shores and her passenger, whose name has not been released.  

    Whitesides drove the SUV into the front of Bargain Basement Resale & Consignment in the 5300 block of Main Street at 8:45 a.m., Shallotte police Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

  • Developer to break ground on new shopping strip in Leland

    More retail businesses are planning to add locations along the U.S. 17 strip through Leland.

    A new strip of shops including Hibachi Bistro, Dunkin Donuts and Bridgewater Wines will be built between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza off U.S. 17.

    Ocean Gate Plaza shopping center was announced Oct. 26 in a news release by Debbie Elliott, spokeswoman for developer Hibachi Bistro LLC, managed by Yu Hang Wang.

  • H2GO board opposes reverse osmosis promotions

    The H2GO Water and Sewer District board members who oppose building a reverse osmosis water plant took issue during the board’s Oct. 17 meeting with the way staff were promoting the project.

    Board member Trudy Trombley said she noticed H2GO employees were putting up pro-reverse osmosis signs similar to campaign signs. “Who pays for those signs?” she asked.

  • County files federal suit against Chemours, DuPont for GenX

    Brunswick County’s legal team filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina Court against The Chemours Co. and DuPont to recover costs required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove chemicals contaminating the Cape Fear River, the county’s source for drinking water.

    In September, Brunswick County hired two law firms, Baron & Budd P.C. led by Baron & Budd Shareholder Scott Summy, and Harold Seagle of Seagle Law in North Carolina, as representatives of the county.

  • 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.