Local News

  • Two face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two people Sept. 22 on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Kathryn Elizabeth Ann Tharpe, 27, of Boatworks Drive SW in Calabash was charged with possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Tharpe had an unspecified amount of cocaine and a metal smoking pipe the day of her arrest.

    Tharpe was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Sept. 27 on $5,000 bail.

  • Warrants: Leland woman sold residence that didn’t belong to her

    A Leland woman is accused of selling a residence that didn’t belong to her.

    Mildred Little Canady, aka Mildred L. Miller and Mildred Yelverton, 60, was charged with residential mortgage fraud, conversion and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • Ash man accused of stealing pickup in Whiteville

    An Ash man is accused of stealing a pickup in Whiteville early last month.

    Warrants show Chandler Cain Brock, 23, of Mosquito Hill Road was arrested Sept. 27 and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

    Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Tatum said Brock stole a 1994 Ford F150 from a home in the 13000 block of Swamp Fox Highway East on Sept. 8, then traded it for another vehicle at Buck’s Auto Sales and Used Parts at 14074 Swamp Fox Highway E. in Tabor City.

  • Early College High School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

    BOLIVIA — The U.S. Department of Education has named Brunswick County Early College High School as one of the state’s two 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    Shallotte Middle School was the first in the county to receive the honor, for the 1999-2000 school year, followed by Waccamaw School for the 2000-01 school year.

    The other North Carolina high school recognized this year is Highland School of Technology in Gastonia.

  • Coastal Harmonizers


    President: Dick Geiger

    Vice president, new membership: Bob Patey

    Vice president, publicity: Bill Meiners

    Treasurer: Rick Banchanski

    Secretary: Jim Berry

    Sargent at arms: Ray Clemen

    Music director: Barbara Berry

    Music selection: Bill Clegg

    Past president: Barry Zimmerman


    6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Brunswick Center at Shallotte senior center, 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte


  • OIB candidates answer residents’ questions at forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — All four candidates for two Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioner seats up for election Nov. 7 participated in a Sept. 27 forum at town hall.

    Mayor Debbie Smith, who is running unopposed for re-election, also attended to answer questions from constituents.

    Caroline Blythe was appointed to serve out the term David Grantham vacated in April 2016. She said she is running to keep the town financially sound, to protect the beach, continue canal improvements and support police and fire departments.

  • Belville begins negotiations for development at park

    Belville commissioners authorized Sept. 25 the creation of a work group to begin negotiations with a potential client to build a restaurant at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the working group will include town planner John Allen, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge and commissioner Joe Breault to work with Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co.

    In August 2016, the board agreed unanimously to approve a listing agreement with Maus, Warwick Matthews & Co. to pursue tenants for the restaurant and retail space in the park.

  • Another online petition targets helicopter tour business

    Property owners at odds with helicopter tours out of Ocean Isle Beach’s Odell Williamson Municipal Airport have led to a second online petition, this time by Sunset Beach residents opposing the business.

    Peter Anlyan created the Stop the Chopper petition on thepetitionsite.com, which has 38 supporters, 19 of them from Sunset Beach, with a goal of 100 signatures.

    “Everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a nuisance,” Anlyan said.

  • Multi-use path cost increase leads Leland to seek third grant

    LELAND — Eleven months after choosing to keep spending to build a multi-use path along Old Fayetteville Road, Leland officials again had to decide if the project was worth pursuing.

    Town Manager David Hollis told council members Sept. 28 the cost of the project, originally estimated at $380,000 then increased to $543,000, had gone up to $2.2 million. He recommended they send the project back to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to request a third round of grant funding.

  • Causey’s tour of county includes fire departments

    SUPPLY — Mike Causey serves a dual state role: not only is he North Carolina’s insurance commissioner, he is also its fire marshal.

    That’s why Causey spent part of his Sept. 26 tour of Brunswick County at fire stations in Supply, Bolivia and Leland.

    While at the Supply Volunteer Fire Department on Southport-Supply Road SE near N.C. 211 and U.S. 17, Causey said he was surprised to hear personnel there say they respond to more rescue and wreck calls than fires.