Local News

  • Coast Guard rescues two in Shallotte

    The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday, Oct. 8, from a boat run aground in the Lockwood Folly River in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Sector North Carolina watchstanders received an alert at 8 p.m. about two people stranded on a marshy island after their fishing vessel Kokopia ran aground, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

  • Fire destroys mobile home in Supply

    No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Supply on Sunday, Oct. 9.

    Supply Volunteer Fire chief Bill Bailey said the call about the fire on Pearl Way came in at 8 p.m., with crews arriving at 8:08 p.m. No one was home at the time.

    Bailey said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    Personnel from Civietown Volunteer Fire Department, Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill Fire Department and Tri-Beach VFD Station 1 also responded.

  • Tabor City man drowns in hurricane floodwaters

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the search and rescue team tasked with finding a 70-year-old Tabor City man who died as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Danny Gale Chestnutt’s truck was found overturned in floodwaters near Gores Chapel on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Columbus County. His body was discovered about 50 feet from 7 Creeks Highway in Nakina at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Columbus County Assistant Coroner William Hannah said.

  • Supply man accused of secretly filming another person

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of using his cell phone to film someone without their permission.

    David Bredeen, 50, of Sea Trace Lane was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 5, and charged with felony secretly/using installing a photographic imaging.

    Warrants show Bredeen used a cell phone in his home to film another person there without their consent for sexual purposes.

  • UPDATE: Brunswick Electric works to restore power to remaining outages

    Power is back on for a majority of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members affected Hurricane Matthew.

    The co-op is working diligently to finish restoring electricity to approximately 8,000 service locations.

    BEMC is rerouting power, or backfeeding, to provide power to those affected while repairing damaged distribution and transmission lines, circuits, substations as well as other infrastructure.

  • UPDATE: Schools reopen Thursday

     Brunswick County Schools will reopen for students Thursday, Oct. 13.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said that on Wednesday, Oct. 12, buses were out in the county to test if roads were passable enough to call school back into session. 

  • National Weather Service updates hurricane forecast

    A hurricane warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina to the South Santee River in South Carolina including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties and Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina The warning is also in effect for the adjacent coastal and offshore waters.

    A tropical storm warning has been extended farther inland and now includes Columbus, Robeson and Bladen counties and Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.

  • Man dies in Supply single-vehicle crash

    A man died in a single-vehicle crash at 10 p.m. in Supply on Monday, Oct. 3.

    A truck traveling east in the 2100 block of Kirby Road SW overturned, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, said David Robinson, captain of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The man, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Medication drop box available at Shallotte police station


    The Shallotte Police Department now has a medication drop box available for public disposal.

    Capt. Scott Branning said the department received the box the week of Sept. 19. It will be available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the department at 114 Cheers St. No sign-in or appointment is necessary.

    Medicines can be brought in their containers or in bags and dropped into the box— no questions asked, Branning said. No liquids, lotions or sharp objects can be dropped in the box.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting two girls

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to serve at least 19 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls two years ago.

    Douglas Len Burris, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 29, to one count each of statutory rape and statutory rape/sexual offense, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release.

    Burris was accused of raping two girls, each between ages 13 and 15, in June 2014 and September 2014 in Brunswick County, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.