Local News

  • DMV begins collecting hearings fees

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has begun collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings effective Jan. 1.

    This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings.

  • State Fire Marshal’s office gains fire investigation unit

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, announced the department has established a Fire Investigations Unit to assist the state’s fire service and law enforcement agencies.

    “A fire death or large industrial fire could task local resources,” Causey said in a news release. “This unit is designed to provide additional resources to agencies, which will strengthen their ability to examine the source of fires and protect our state’s residents and property.”

  • Woman dies in Southport mobile home fire

    Combustible items too close to a space heater appear to be the cause of a fire that killed a Southport woman the morning of Jan. 3, Southport Fire Chief Charles Drew said.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff's Office incident report identifies the woman as 74-year-old Sylvia Clark Beck of Coastal Drive SE in Southport.

    Dispatchers received a call at 5:49 a.m. about a person trapped inside a burning singlewide mobile home on Coastal Drive, Drew said.

  • Boil water advisory lifted for Brunswick Forest

    Based on laboratory analysis of water samples collected on Jan. 2, it is no longer necessary for water customers in Brunswick Forest subdivision in Leland to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption.

    The system has resumed normal operations, Leland Public Service Director Jimmy Strickland said Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police seize drugs, cash, teeth while arresting Brunswick County duo

    North Myrtle Beach, S.C., police seized drugs, cash and two human teeth while arresting a duo from Brunswick County on Christmas Eve.

    Twenty-one-year-old Tavon Malik Stanley of Calabash is charged with four counts of possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking heroin, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol while 18-year-old Ashley Smith of Ocean Isle Beach is charged with shoplifting.

  • Man pleads guilty in July 4 crash that killed cyclist

    A Carolina Shores man pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in a July 4 collision with a cyclist.

    Christopher Craig Johnson, 47, struck 61-year-old Sergio Perez Jimenez of Leland at 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 17 just south of the 74/76 overpass.

    Leland police charged Johnson, who was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail on July 5, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Police provided no description of Johnson’s vehicle.

  • Woman struck, killed by car in Leland


  • Pedestrian struck and killed by car in Leland

    Pedestrian struck and killed by car in Leland                                   

    Staff Report

    A car struck and killed a Belville woman while she was walking across U.S. 17 early New Year's Day.

    Helena Louise Shaw, 52, of Napoleon Way SE was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper John M. King said. 

    No one else was injured.

  • Club - Richard H. Stewart Jr. St. James American Legion Post 543


    Cmdr. Mile Fegan, Adjutant Dan Bennett, First Vice Cmdr. Rick Sessa, Second Vice Cmdr. Rick Quashne, finance officer Doug Pratt, judge advocate Doc Liberty, chaplain Gary Crowden, service officer Paul Witmer, historian John Muuss, sergeant-at-arms Chuck Blackburn


    7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month (the third Wednesday in November and December) at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE, St. James


    Adjutant Dan Bennett at ncpost543@gmail or 477-7898 or attend a regular meeting.

  • Oak Island man faces charge in fatal bridge crash

    An Oak Island man has been charged in the Dec. 16 crash on G.V. Barbee Bridge in Oak Island that resulted in the death of a Bolivia man.

    Court records show Wouter Niermans, 79, of Northeast 37th Street was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the crash that killed 44-year-old Mitchell Wayne Griffith Jr.