Local News

  • Woman charged in shooting after argument at school pleads guilty

    A Delco woman involved in an argument at a Leland school that led to gunfire off campus last month pleaded guilty to three of the five charges she faced as a result.

    The disagreement between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School led to the arrest of 32-year-old Tonya Renee Lunesford and 41-year-old Dennis Ray Grainger of Delco on June 3.

    Lunesford and Grainger were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, going armed to the terror of people and possession of a gun on educational property.

  • County issues water system pressure advisory

    Water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities, from the N.C. 211 and U.S. 17 (at Supply) intersection west to the U.S. 17 and Old Shallotte Road (west of Shallotte) intersection, experienced periods of low pressure in the distribution system Friday, July 8, because of a July 4 power outage that affected water pumps serving the area. This included areas served by water lines on streets which connect to this section of U.S. 17 between Supply and Shallotte, but did not include town of Shallotte water customers.

  • Adopt an Angel’s Saving Pets Challenge under way

    Adopt an Angel, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in New Hanover County, will take part in the Saving Pets Challenge for July. The challenge began July 6 and ends Aug. 5.

    An anonymous donor who adopted their dog from Adopt an Angel several years ago offered a $10,000 donation if the organization can raise $10,000. It costs Adopt an Angel on average $142 to save each rescued animal. Special needs animals cost more in veterinary care, as do animals that stick around longer than usual, getting overlooked.

    To donate, go to crowdrise.com/adoptanangel-sp2016.

  • Coast Guard transports injured man from BHI

    The Coast Guard took an injured man and two EMS personnel Saturday, July 9, from Bald Head Island to Southport.

    Watchstanders at Station Oak Island received a request from the Bald Head Island Fire Department at about 1 a.m. for transport of the 35-year-old man who suffered a head injury.

    Station Oak Island watchstanders notified Sector North Carolina in Wilmington and launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew. The crew picked up the man and the medical personnel at 1:27 a.m.

  • Swimming alert lifted in Brunswick County

    A water quality swimming alert issued Tuesday, July 5, in Brunswick County was lifted Thursday, July 7, after testing.

    According to a North Carolina Environmental Quality news release, samples of water were taken at the public beach access at 48th Place West in Oak Island on July 5. The results of the initial sample showed the site had exceeded the single-sample maximum standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water for 48th Place West, which is considered a Tier 1 high usage, or heavily populated, site.

  • Shallotte police seek Big Lots robbers

    Shallotte police are looking for two people who robbed Big Lots employees at gunpoint Thursday night, July 7.

    No one was injured.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery call at 9:30 p.m. at Big Lots at 4600 Main St., town spokeswoman Rachel Johnson said in a news release.

    Employees were walking to their cars after closing when the robbers, both dressed in black from head to toe and holding a handgun, forced them back into the store and into the area where the safe is.

  • Dare to Care for Children delivers toys to pediatric clinic

    Leland officials helped a local businessman provide more than a dozen bags of toys to a Wilmington pediatric clinic June 30.

    Skip Wittkofsky, with the help of his granddaughter, Haven Wittkofsky, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and councilman Bob Corriston delivered 13 large bags of toys to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic.

    Claire Parker, New Hanover Regional Medical Center media relations coordinator, estimates Wittkofsky provided the clinic with a stockpile of more than 1,000 toys for patients in need.

  • Helicopter tours begin at OIB airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The name is Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Helicopter Tours, for the time being, but helicopter tours have arrived in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sam Groome, owner of Air Florida Helicopter Charters in Orlando, Fla., has opened the new business at the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport at 6070 Beach Drive.

  • OIB approves 2016-17 budget with no tax or fee increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials approved on the 2016-17 town budget following a public hearing Wednesday, June 29.

    “The key here is no tax increase, no increase in water and sewer fees,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said. “That shows fiscal responsibility and restraint.”

    No comments were made during the budget public hearing.

    The town board voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the budget, which Town Administrator Daisy Ivey first presented to commissioners at the June 14 regular town meeting.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in May, down from 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.6 percent. The unemployment rate from May 2015 was 7.1 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in May from 5 percent in April.