Local News

  • 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.

  • Annual flushing program set for Sept. 11 completion

    On June 15, the Brunswick County Public Utilities Department began its annual flushing program. During the past few weeks, public utilities crews have worked to flush all of the water mains in the county system. The crews are nearing completion of the flushing program.
    Brunswick County will complete its annual flushing program Sept. 11 and will convert back to chloramines as the primary disinfectant.

  • U.S. 17 lane closures continue in Shallotte

    Because of weather delays, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will continue intermittent lane closures at U.S. 17 (Ocean Highway) and U.S. 17 Business, south of Shallotte, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 15, weather permitting.  
    The closure is necessary for crews to finish the final paving of the road and intersections. Once completed, this will improve the traffic flow in the area by extending the left turn lane which will allow continuous through movement on U.S. 17, according to an NCDOT news release.

  • Leland teen charged with assault in stabbing

    A Leland teen is accused using a small folding knife to stab a man in the stomach.

    Officers arrested 19-year-old Andrew James Willetts, of Blue Banks Road, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to Leland police reports.

    Willetts is accused of stabbing Anthony Buchymer with the knife’s three-inch blade about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, warrants show.

    Willetts is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $30,000 bail.