Local News

  • Two new drug agents help sheriff’s office combat heroin problem

     SUPPLY — Lt. Steve Lanier, who supervises the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, was sitting at his desk this week when the phone rang. A concerned member of the community had phoned Lanier and his team of narcotics agents to say he suspected a man of planning to traffic large amounts of heroin into the county soon.

    As recently as five years ago, such a tip would’ve been a major breakthrough for the Drug Enforcement Unit. On this particular sweltering afternoon in August, it was just another day at the office.

  • Trial for former officer accused of killing teen won’t start in 2015

     The trial for a former Southport police officer accused killing a schizophrenic teenager in January 2014 won’t be scheduled until after the start of 2016.

    Bryon Vassey faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest in his Boiling Spring Lakes home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Sheriff: Body cameras a resourceful tool for deputies, detention officers

     BOLIVIA — Whether a road patrol deputy is performing a traffic stop or responding to the scene of a major crime, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram wants his officers to be accountable for their actions.

    Thanks to the purchase of 90 body cameras earlier this year, the sheriff has a valuable tool to determine whether his deputies perform professionally and appropriately.

  • Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through parking lot

     A Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through a parking lot Monday is facing a pair of misdemeanor charges.

    Leland police arrested 26-year-old Edwin Saravia-Escobar and charged him with assault on a female and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after they said he dragged the woman by her hair through a parking lot in the 200 block of Village Road while she was holding their 5-year-old son Aug. 10, warrants show.

  • Ash man accused of shooting his father

     An Ash man accused of shooting his father faces a felony assault charge after his arrest last week.

    Deputies arrested 47-year-old Michael Ray McKeithan, of Stout Road, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury Thursday, Aug. 13, warrants show.

    McKeithan is accused of shooting his father, Paul McKeithan, with a 12-gauge shotgun near Michael McKeithan’s home in Ash. 

  • Brunswick Coalition discusses ways to combat drug abuse problem

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County is one step closer to officially launching Project Lazarus.

    The idea to establish a coalition in response to extremely high drug overdose rates was presented at the beginning of last summer. Now the county’s coalition is moving forward with the application process.

  • Floodplain mapping group presents new Brunswick County maps

     BOLIVIA — For the first time since 2006, the federal government revised studies and developed new flood hazard areas that will affect Brunswick County residents and homeowners within the next year.

    Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) presented the revised maps and studies during a public meeting, which at least 75 residents attended, at the county government complex Tuesday, Aug. 18.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town clerk hired by Calabash

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has hired a new town clerk who is supposed to start work in a few more weeks.

    Sue Stuhr, town clerk Ocean Isle Beach, will be taking the job vacated last week by longtime Calabash town clerk Kelley Southward, who resigned to accept a new job near Charlotte.

    Lisa Smith, office assistant for the town of Calabash, has been appointed to serve as interim town clerk until Stuhr starts work, probably before the end of August, town administrator Chuck Nance said.

  • Sunset Beach annual report outlines tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — A park update, Jaguar’s Lair, coastal concerns, the town budget and the town’s recent tax increase are among items covered in the town’s newly released annual report.

    The report is designed to provide residents with a “snapshot” of happenings in the town in the past year “in the process of making our town a better place to live,” reads the report introduction from the mayor and town council.

  • Military support group launched in Brunswick County

    Military Mama Network (MMN), a nationwide Facebook-based support group for military families, launched a local chapter to help provide support to military families and veterans. Meetings will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the old cafeteria (Firebird Café) at the Brunswick Community College campus in Bolivia.