Local News

  • West student to join future medical leaders in nation’s capital

     SHALLOTTE — When a congress convenes in November, one of Brunswick County’s own will be front and center.

    No, not that Congress.

    Savannah Rae, a junior at West Brunswick High School, has been selected as one of several members to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., for three days in November.

    Rae, a Supply resident, will visit the nation’s capital Nov. 14-16 for an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

  • Amendment could allow felons to opt for bench trial

     For the first time in the state’s history, felony defendants in North Carolina may have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial if an amendment passes in November.

    Tar Heel State voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial. The proposed amendment would make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Leaders search for ways to improve business in Brunswick County

     Leaders in Brunswick County know it’s going to take a team effort to continuously improve business in the region.

    So teams of workforce development partners from across the Tar Heel State will visit local businesses to hear their challenges and successes, and help them develop ways to locate and retain high-quality employees as part of the “1,000 in 100” initiative launched by Gov. Pat McCrory last spring.

  • Column: Cherish time spent with loved ones

     It was a long time coming. One of my best friends married his high school sweetheart this past weekend in Whiteville. All of us knew it was a matter of time before Devin Sellers and Haley Ann Enzor tied the knot. As another good friend eloquently stated during Friday night’s rehearsal dinner, Devin and Haley are two people we all agreed were made for each other.

  • Woman indicted on sex crimes involving handicapped person

     A Calabash woman is accused of sexual crimes with a handicapped person in March 2013.

    On Sept. 22, a grand jury indicted 57-year-old Kathy Miller of 9259 Bonaparte Drive on charges of second-degree sexual offense, sexual battery and sexual assault on a handicapped person.

    Miller “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit the abominable and detestable crime against nature” with the victim, according to arrest warrants.

  • Five rescued after boat capsizes near Holden Beach

     Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people after their boat capsized in the Lockwood Folly Inlet on Saturday morning, Oct. 4.

    Coast Guard Sector North Carolina officials received notification from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel at anchor within the inlet had capsized, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom.

    Coast Guard officials issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.  

  • Shallotte man charged with insurance fraud

     A Shallotte man has been charged with insurance fraud after authorities say he filed a false claim in August.

    Christopher Eric Grissett, 41, of 4160 Ruby Way NW, was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

  • Navassa man accused of sex crimes with children

     A Navassa man arrested Sept. 28 is accused of touching himself on his front porch in front of children in 2005 and 2010.

    Hernan Flores-Crontreras, 55, of 101-2 Shasta Lane, was arrested at 12:03 a.m. on charges of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website.

    The charges come from the Navassa Police Department and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show.

    Flores-Crontreras is incarcerated on $50,000 bail.

  • After record-setting year, Relay kicks off 2015 campaign

     SHALLOTTE — Lights, camera, cure.

    Just four months removed from completing one of the most successful Relay for Life campaigns in Brunswick County history, volunteers were back at it at Highest Praise Worship Center on Thursday, Oct. 2, to officially kick off the 2015 relay season.

  • Rotary helps SMS revitalize atrium garden

     SHALLOTTE — As you walk through the front doors at Shallotte Middle School, there are a few things impossible to miss. You’ll notice the green and gold Pirates memorabilia in a glass case, you’ll notice artwork from the students hanging on the walls, and now you’ll notice a revamped atrium garden in the courtyard area.