Local News

  • Sunset Beach native finishing surgical fellowship at Philadelphia hospital

     SUNSET BEACH — Ashley Hardy finds time every evening to speak with her mother and father.

    Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t seem like much, but for Hardy, time is one thing she doesn’t have in great abundance. A Brunswick County native and surgical oncology fellow at Fox Chase Cancer in Philadelphia, she’s never forgotten where she comes from.

    At an early age, her parents, James and Jackie Hardy of Sunset Beach, had Ashley and her three brothers write down their short-term and long-term goals.

  • Law enforcement officers attend elder abuse educational conference

     ST. JAMES — Criminals are preying on the independence and vulnerability of seniors at a rapidly increasing rate across North Carolina.

  • Sheriff’s office seeking assistance in unsolved cases

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying two people found dead in the Leland area in two separate cases several years ago.

    The sheriff’s office’s Unsolved Case Unit released sketches from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office that depict an African-American woman who was found dead in the Hooper Hill area of Leland in December 1979, spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in an Oct. 15 news release.

  • BCC director speaks at international conference

     SUPPLY — One of Brunswick County’s own was a featured speaker at a recent marine biotechnology international conference.

    Michelle Sabaoun, director of Brunswick Community College’s biotechnology program, gave a presentation at the annual BioMarine Business Convention, which was held Oct. 12-14 in Wilmington.

    Gina Robinson, the college’s dean of professional and technical programs, spoke about Sabaoun’s experience during a board of trustees meeting Thursday, Oct. 15.

  • Lottery winner’s fiancé bailed out for third time in eight months

     The fiancé of Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Monday morning, Oct. 19, after posting bail for the third time in eight months.

  • Trio arrested on heroin trafficking charges

     Three Brunswick County men face various felony drug charges after their Oct. 13 arrests.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Special Operations units arrested 19-year-old Montrell Bellamy, 24-year-old Taylor Reid Bennett and 17-year-old Delton O’Brien Bessent during a traffic stop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Wednesday, Oct. 14.

  • Grand jury indicts men accused of rape

     A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury has indicted a Riegelwood man on three felony charges, including second-degree-rape. 

    The indictment was handed down Oct. 12 against 22-year-old Jeffery Michael Nelson Jr., on charges of second-degree rape, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, intimidating a witness and obstruction of justice, court records show.

  • Funston Farms hosts ‘real life’ science class for local students

     WINNABOW — Southport Elementary School students put away their textbooks and pencils for a day last week but still learned plenty during their visit to Funston Farms.

    More than 100 third-graders boarded buses the morning of Friday, Oct. 16, to participate in the 44th annual Life on the Farm day.

    The tour taught students about crops grown on the farm, such as corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and animals raised there, including swine and beef cattle. 

  • Former Sunset Beach man arrested on child sex-offense charges

    A former Sunset Beach resident is accused of more than 20 felony charges involving sex crimes with children.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Brian Bartlett, with assistance from Greensboro Police Department’s sex crimes unit, arrested 62-year-old Harold Robert LeClair Jr. at his current 2600 Dumfries Road residence in Greensboro on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

    LeClair was arrested without incident on 11 counts of sexual offense with a child and 10 counts of taking indecent liberties with children, according to a news release issued Thursday, Oct. 15.

  • OIB opposes oil exploration, visible wind farms off coast

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town commissioners voiced their opposition to offshore oil exploration and wind farms too close to the shoreline during their Tuesday, Oct. 13, meeting.

    Randy Sturgill, senior organizer for environmental advocacy group Oceana, asked the town to join 24 North Carolina communities and 83 municipalities along the East Coast to pass a resolution opposing offshore oil exploration.