Local News

  • Three fires destroy three homes during the weekend

    A two-story home that had withstood the elements for more than 250 years has been claimed by one of three fires that destroyed three homes during the weekend.

    All three unrelated fires are still under investigation.

    The first fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, near the intersection of Oxpen and Boones Neck Road in Supply. Investigators are calling it “suspicious.”

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, a passerby called 911 and reported a possible barn fire.

  • Man killed when moped hits tractor-trailer

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a wreck that killed a man Monday.

    Around 10:15 p.m., Feb. 4, a moped driver was killed while traveling on U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris, Mark Mooring, 38, of Wilmington, was traveling west from Wilmington when the wreck occurred. He was about a mile from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge when he lost control of his moped.

  • Pro-wrestlers set to help raise funds for fire victims

    CIVIETOWN—It’s time to rumble at the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department.

    On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Civietown fire station will transform into a pro-wrestling ring.

    Dirty South Championship Wrestling will invade the station, bringing non-stop action and entertainment to wrestling fans.

    “Midnight Mayhem” will feature matches between Charlie Dreamer and WCW star George South, Big Wood versus Muscle Shoals and Zane Dawson versus Dave Dawson.

  • Sunset Beach: Councilman tells mayor board did nothing wrong

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilman Mike Williams has taken issue with Mayor Richard Cerrato.

  • Supreme Court ruling: Saunders says county is 'greedy, arrogant' for improper appraisal

    HOLDEN BEACH—Developer Mark Saunders has choice words for Brunswick County.

    On Jan. 25, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously found that in 2008 Brunswick County unlawfully reappraised the tax value of more than 100 undeveloped parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, one of Saunders’ developments.

    This latest ruling from the state’s highest court is a reflection of “greed, arrogance and a disregard for Brunswick County citizenry,” Saunders said in an interview Monday at his Holden Beach office.

  • Sunset Beach woman scammed out of more than $1,500

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Police Department is investigating a scam in which a 79-year-old woman was bilked out of more than $1,500.

    The incident, which involved obtaining property by false pretense, was reported Jan. 28 at the woman’s address on High Market Street.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith said the woman initially responded to an email telling her she had won $950,000 and a new car.

    The rest of her communication with the perpetrators was by phone. Callers told her she had to send money to receive her prizes.

  • Help on the way for Eagles Island causeway congestion

    At least two of the state’s yellow IMAP trucks will help ease congestion on the Eagles Island causeway this summer.

    At the Leland budget workshop Feb. 1, town manager David Hollis announced the North Carolina Department of Transportation approved bringing Incident Management Assistance Patrols (IMAP) to District 3, which includes Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties.

    But the focus of the IMAP trucks will be keeping traffic flowing on the causeway and areas affected by the high volume of traffic.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Jan. 17

    Financial card fraud; suspect used a credit card from an Ashland Way residence to make purchases that were not approved by the cardholder.


    Jan. 20

    Larceny; suspect took camera equipment, valued at $150, from a residence on Timber Lane.


  • Holden Beach Crime report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last three weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 7

    Breaking and entering with non-forcible entry and larceny; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and took a flat-screen TV valued at $800.

    Jan. 10

  • Leland leads budget talks with Friday workshop

    Leland officials will begin their budget discussions for 2013-14 at noon, Friday, Feb. 1.

    “The town hall that is being built and the cultural arts center are the big ticket items,” town manager David Hollis said. “We also want to consider in the upcoming year park properties. The gateway rezoning is an opportunity to provide incentives to lead the charge to it becoming a reality.”