Local News

  • Brunswick County Teen Court to host mini-mock trial

    Brunswick County Teen Court will host Columbus County and Bladen County Teen Court programs in the inaugural 13th District mini-mock trial competition from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Brunswick County Courthouse in Bolivia.

  • Man charged in BHI golf cart crash that injured passenger

    A Virginia man is accused of driving while impaired in a golf cart crash on Bald Head Island that resulted in his passenger’s hospitalization.

    Tyler Wainwright Sewell, 51, of Charlottesville is charged with driving while impaired and felonious serious injury by vehicle, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Sewell was driving a golf cart in the vicinity of Maritime Way between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, when he made an abrupt left turn to avoid hitting a tree and ejected his passenger, Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall said.

  • County water advisory rescinded

    As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption for most county water users in Shallotte, Calabash, Sunset Beach and adjoining areas that experienced low water pressure Aug. 8, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director John Nichols said.

    Ten customers from 7128 Old Georgetown Road SW to 7170 Old Georgetown Road SW remain under a system pressure advisory, Nichols said. All customers still affected have been notified directly with door hangers.

  • Shallotte man faces cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail after his arrest on cocaine charges.

    Julian Christopher Johnson, 48, of Shell Point Road is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Deputies arrest two on drug charges


  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate died Thursday morning at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Tony Edward Long, 36, of Oak Island was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:50 a.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.  

    Members of the jail’s medical staff rendered first aid but were unable to revive him.

    The sheriff’s office’s professional standards office found no evidence of foul play or suicide, the release said.

  • Woman aims to connect Brunswick County and Horry County, S.C., professionals

    If Brunswick County officials won’t embrace the federal government’s decision to connect the county to the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area businesswoman will.

    Laurie Thomas Vass, president of The Private Capital Market, moved to Little River, S.C., three years ago. Since then, she said, there hasn’t been any success getting government representatives from Horry County, S.C., and Brunswick County together.

  • Financing decision delays H2GO board action

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board voted to award $26 million in contracts for a reverse osmosis plant at its July 18 meeting, but the checks won’t be cashed just yet.

    The four contracts approved by the board are contingent upon the North Carolina Local Government Commission approving financing to sell $23.5 million in bonds to pay for the plant.

  • GSATS approves $750K for Carolina Bays report

    CAROLINA SHORES — Southern Brunswick County residents could have a chance to speak their minds on a Carolina Bays highway connector between South Carolina and North Carolina by the fall once a draft Environmental Impact Statement study begins.

    The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study members voted July 28 to put $750,000 into the DEIS to begin moving forward.

  • Human trafficking victim advocate describes assistance efforts during OIB visit

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Visitors and residents in Ocean Isle Beach learned about some realities of human trafficking in North Carolina during a presentation by Justice Ministries’ Mark Blackwell on July 27.

    The victim advocate and speaker was invited to Brunswick County by Carston Allen, the new owner of Carolina School of Surf.

    Allen, a Charlotte native and lifelong visitor to Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from UNC-Charlotte in December and interviewed with Justice Ministries for an internship before he move to the island to buy the surf business.