Local News

  • Local law enforcement mourns the unexpected loss of one of their own

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective has died, leaving a community mourning for a career lawman and community servant.

    Kyle Jones, 41, was at his Oak Island home on Monday, Jan. 14, when he died suddenly.

    No foul play is suspected, investigators have said. An exact cause of death wasnot  released by press time Tuesday.

    Jones was the youngest son of Barbara Skipper Jones and the late Jerry Windle Jones of Shallotte. Jerry Jones was a former Shallotte mayor and alderman and county commissioners’ chairman.

  • Police, fire and more descend on North Mulberry in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County’s first fatal crash of the year claimed the life of 56-year-old Shallotte resident Don Cordell Bryant on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

    Bryant was involved in a one-vehicle wreck on N. Mulberry Street shortly after 8 p.m. Multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders arrived on the scene within minutes of the call being dispatched.

    According to Sgt. Chris Williams with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bryant’s vehicle rolled over several times trapping him in the vehicle.

  • Sunset Beach: Public to be part of Sunset Boulevard vision plan

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ready to move forward with a vision plan for Sunset Boulevard.

    Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington said it would involve a two-part public effort. Then work will proceed with town council to document how the plan will unfold regarding the look and feel of the Sunset Boulevard corridor.

    “The goal is to come up with preferences of the public,” Holland said at a Jan. 9 town workshop. “Ultimately, council will decide the appropriate route to take.”

  • Carolina Shores: Town seeks public opinion regarding gates, medians

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners wants to hear from residents about future maintenance and authority over community gates and medians.

    The Carolina Shores Property Owners Association recently indicated in a letter to the town it can no longer maintain such properties it believes are owned by the town.

    Properties referred to include residential “gate roads,” such as those lining Country Club Drive, as well as medians along several town streets.

  • Dreams live on with MLK Jr. Day tributes

    Nearly 50 years after his famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered during the March on Washington, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. lives on.

    Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events kick off with a Memorial March at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The march will begin at International Longshoremen’s Association Union Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord streets in Southport.

  • Games over: Law shuts down sweepstakes businesses

    Sweepstakes businesses in Brunswick County have officially shut down.

    Official closures ensued last week as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office started serving notice on the businesses throughout the county.

    The closures have come in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for local law enforcement to enforce a ban on sweepstakes games.

    Enforcement was delayed for a few days as the sheriff’s office awaited direction from the Brunswick County District Attorney’s office.

  • Calabash: Mayor, commissioner debate motion to remove powers

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has taken town commissioner Jody Nance to task for his motion in December to remove Knight’s powers.

    Knight, speaking at the town board’s Jan. 8 meeting, said Nance himself stated at the Dec. 11 meeting she had done nothing wrong.

    That was when the town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    Knight cited prior employees who had problems with mold and odor in the room now used as her office at town hall.

  • Calabash: Future of unfinished development still in limbo

    CALABASH—Eight pastel-hued townhouses stand along Kingfish Boulevard, still pretty but empty in the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

    Six years ago when times were good, Kingfish Bay was touted by Wakefield Development Co. as a deluxe community of townhomes and villas, with amenities extending all the way from the entrance fronting Beach Drive down to the Calabash River.

    Then the economy tanked, and so did construction.

  • Fire destroys Brierwood Estates home Monday

    SHALLOTTE—A Monday afternoon blaze destroyed a home at 29 Country Club Drive in Brierwood Estates.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the department received a call of visible smoke and flames on Fairway Drive at around 12:26 p.m.

    “Before we arrived we were diverted to Country Club Drive,” Dunwell said, adding the fire was at a residence behind 34 Fairway Drive.

    According to a fire report, flames could be seen on the back porch of the house, endangering adjacent property.

  • Two in custody for drug trafficking

    Two suspects are in custody for trafficking in opium or heroin.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested Chris Todd Ussery and Christina Ann Mintz in the Southport area on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

    Ussery, 45, 4987 Glenn Cove Drive, Southport has been charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin. He is in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.