Local News

  • Detectives seek man in Southport theft case

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who stole a thermostat from Lowe's Home Improvement store in Southport on Dec. 18, 2015.
    The man, described only as a slender white man with short dark hair, took the Nest device, valued at $250, off a shelf, hid it in the black hoodie he was wearing and walked out of the store at 5084 Southport-Supply Road at 3:50 p.m.
    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Seth Parmelee at 880-4881.

  • Marshals arrest two in Food Lion robbery


    U.S. Marshals out of Wilmington have arrested two men in connection with a March 23 robbery inside of Food Lion near Mt. Misery Road in Leland.

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries with the Leland Police Department, said that with the help of the media, anonymous tippers helped the department to identify one of the suspects as 25-year-old James Allen Staton. The second suspect, 20-year-old Jarrett Raekwan Packer, was identified by the victim of the robbery, who initially refused to cooperate with investigators. The name of the victim has not been released.

  • Sunset Beach teen found safe

      Sunset Beach Police have successfully located a teen reported missing Wednesday. According to Sunset Beach PD assistant chief of police, Brooke Erin Keegan was found to be alive and well at her home in Sunset Beach at 1:20 p.m. Thursday. He thanked everyone for getting information out regarding the case. 


  • School board approves public education resolution

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday night  approved a resolution it received last month from the League of Women Voters with one change to the resolution.

    The resolution, titled “A Resolution Before the Brunswick County Board of Education Calling for a Recommitment to Quality Public Education in North Carolina” listed areas in which North Carolina’s public education system has fallen in national rankings.

  • Belville subdivisions see some relief from stormwater flooding

    BELVILLE — For several years, the third rail of Belville politics has been flooding caused by failed stormwater runoff systems.

    Belville residents of the River Ridge and Woodridge subdivisions have repeatedly asked for assistance in addressing the problem.

    But fixing flooding issues is a one-way street for local governments. If a town chooses to take on one repair, all of its residents can request the same service.

  • Resistance to gated communities floods Leland planning meeting

    LELAND — Brunswick Forest residents were reminded they were part of Leland, or Leland was reminded Brunswick Forest knows it is in the town, when a capacity crowd came to the Leland planning board to speak out against allowing gated communities.

    The March 29 meeting had more than 200 Brunswick Forest members in attendance as the planning board considered reversing an ordinance change made in 2014.

    On Jan. 16, 2014, Leland Town Council adopted a streets ordinance denying gated or otherwise restricted roads, except for alleys, from public use.

  • County commissioners approve design plan for OIB park

    BOLIVIA — Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a design recommendation Monday for Ocean Isle Beach Park, but will wait and see if construction bids allow for everything included in the plan proposal.

    The parks and recreation advisory board recommended commissioners consider allocating $4.5 million for the park.

  • Historic site’s Confederate flag back on display

    WINNABOW — The Confederate flag that flew over Fort Anderson is back on display at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

    While it may look worse for wear, it is in better condition now than when it was displayed before.

    Last August, the museum at the site had to remove the flag from display to save it from deteriorating.

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said the flag, which was in a wall-mounted display in the museum, was ready for some replacement care and an upgrade to a conservation-grade display case.

  • Ex-cop claims intimidation by slain teen’s stepfather

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The lawyer for a former Southport police sergeant who fatally shot a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago alleges the teen’s stepfather violated a court order against intimidating his client.

    James Payne of Shallotte represents 46-year-old Bryon Vassey, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

  • Sunset Beach approves $190,000 park materials settlement

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has accepted a $190,000 lump-sum settlement from engineering firm Withers & Ravenel for purchase of walkway materials that could not be used in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Council approved the court-required mediated settlement at its monthly meeting Monday, April 4, after town attorney Grady Richardson, town administrator Susan Parker and town council members Carol Scott and Lou De Vita met March 29 as part of the mediation team in Raleigh.