Local News

  • Oak Island man faces federal charge of aiming laser at aircraft

     A federal grand jury in Raleigh has indicted an Oak Island man on a charge of  knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter in flight.

    Christopher L. Funk, 34, of Long Beach Road, faces up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 if convicted, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric D. Goulian will prosecute the case, which involves the FBI.

  • Agents arrest accused drug dealers at Shallotte hotel

     A lengthy drug investigation resulted in the arrest of two accused drug dealers last week in Shallotte.

    After the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit received a community tip, authorities arrested 26-year-old James O’Brian Gause and 21-year-old Alex Al-Terick Hamilton at the Econo Lounge Inn & Suites on East Coast Lane in Shallotte on Oct. 21.

  • Report: Captain daydreamed as ferry ran aground

     A report released last week indicates the captain of a Bald Head Island ferry was likely daydreaming when his ship ran aground last winter.

    A Coast Guard investigation report says that the captain was never aware of how close he was from the sand bars near Battery Island when The Adventure ran aground Dec. 17. The captain, Eugene Rodney Melton, never reduced speed or tried to avoid hitting the sandbars, according to the report. The ship was traveling at 19 knots when it ran aground. More than 20 people were injured.

  • Brunswick women finish first and second in national championships

     The fastest oyster shucker you know couldn’t compete with Lisa Bellamy or Annie Bonifacio.

    The mother-daughter tandem took home first and second places in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Competition Oct. 18-19 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

    This marks Bellamy’s fourth women’s national championship. The trip was a success, although she fell just short of advancing to Ireland for the world championships. Only the top overall competitor advances and Doug Landry of Louisiana was top shucker.

  • Wesleyan offers bachelor’s degree option through BCC

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick Community College’s history, a student can get a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving campus, thanks to a partnership between N.C. Wesleyan College and BCC.

    Administrators from both colleges gathered inside the Odell Williamson Auditorium lobby Tuesday, Oct. 28, to formally announce the partnership, effective immediately. Also present were representatives from the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, including president Shannon Viera, and state Rep. Frank Iler, who serves on the BCC Board of Trustees.

  • Leaders continue fight on preventable killers at health forum

     SUPPLY — Health professionals converged Wednesday, Oct. 22, at a countywide health forum to identify and search for ways to continue Brunswick County’s fight against preventable killers.

    In an effort to address and combat chronic disease in the region, community stakeholders held the State of Your Health Forum at the Virginia Williamson Event Center inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • District searching for more bus drivers, substitutes

     When the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to switch schools back to traditional start times, schools transportation director Bobby Taylor knew he wouldn’t have enough buses or bus drivers to make the switch possible.

    Since the decision was later overturned and the school remained on a staggered schedule, it seemed as if the transportation dilemma has been resolved. But three months into the 2014-15 school year, the district has enough buses to make the routes and not enough drivers.

  • Chicago playwright watches West students perform his play

     SHALLOTTE — Students in Jennifer Negron’s Theatre II class had their hearts set on performing Bryan Renaud’s “Twelfth Night of the Living Dead” as Halloween approached during the fall semester.

    Some elements of the Renaud’s play were altered to make the show high school appropriate and, with the playwright’s help, theatre students performed the play at the Little Theatre on the school’s Shallotte campus in front of family, friends and Renaud himself.

  • Union Elementary hosts fall festival

     SHALLOTTE — After another week of homework, tests and assignments, students at Union Elementary took a breather from normal school life and enjoyed the festivities at its 2014 Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24.

    Students, family and friends gathered on Union School Road for a night of fun on inflatable slides, rock climbing walls, hayrides and haunted house tours. If that wasn’t enough for the students, they could always enjoy their favorite festival food, have their face painted or go for a couple of trips around their favorite bouncy house.

  • From one artist to another: Painting makes ailing sign man's day

    It was a first-time, memorable meeting when local artist Bryan Varnam stopped by to see Buddy Norris, package in hand.

    On a balmy October morning, Varnam, 66, arrived at Norris’ Shallotte home bearing a painting, one he only recently created for Norris.

    Norris, in fact, is the subject of the acrylic painting, titled “Buddy’s Barn.” It depicts an old tobacco barn near Hickmans Crossroads that once served as Norris’ first sign shop in the early 1980s, as well as a rendering of Norris in his younger years, busy at work.