Local News

  • Nonprofits seek money from county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—At a Brunswick County Commissioners budget workshop last week, commissioner Phil Norris wanted to make one thing clear to area nonprofits: Their funding, or lack thereof, was not a reflection of their worth as a nonprofit.

    The county simply can’t be as generous with its funding in such a tight budget year, Norris said.

    “There’s no question in the value of this program, or any of the programs we’re going to hear from today…we’re in a bad position,” Norris said.

  • County $190 million budget hearing set for today

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will have a public hearing tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, in county commissioners chambers at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Highlights of the proposed $190 million operating budget include a revenue-neutral 44.25-cent tax rate.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed a $146 million general fund budget—$31.9 million of which would fund Brunswick County Schools.

  • Drug report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and New Hanover County Vice Narcotics Agents arrested two Southport residents last week after intercepting a mail delivery package.

    On May 25, the package was intended to be delivered to Cary Evan Shreve and Kiah Wrenn Fernside at a residence on Pine Glen Drive. Agents intercepted the package and arrested Fernside at the residence. Shreve was later apprehended by K-9 Handler, Deputy Chris Sasser, near the residence.

  • Afternoon barbecue almost turns deadly

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An afternoon barbecue almost turned deadly on Wednesday, May 18, for the Washam family.

    Lee Washam and his wife, Karen Hubbard, owners of Second Street Bar and Grill, were preparing for a cookout for their grandson’s first birthday at their Ocean Isle Beach home when the unthinkable happened.

    “We had been out shopping at Home Depot,” Hubbard said. “We had just gotten home and set up two chairs beside the cooker. We were getting ready to relax.”

  • Shallotte moves closer to setting a budget

     SHALLOTTE—Shallotte’s 2011-2012 fiscal year budget is taking shape.

    After a series of workshops to discuss the budget with individual departments and as a whole, the decision-making process is winding down.

    Before the town can adopt its final budget, officials must first wait for the county to pass its budget.

  • Grandma scammed out of more than $3,000

    SHALLOTTE—A distressed phone call from a “grandchild” led one Shallotte resident through a whirlwind scam that cheated her out of more than $3,300. She wants others to hear her story so they won’t be caught in the same trap.

    “I am not going to run scared,” said Alice May Bookout, two days after she fell victim to a scam. “I think people need to know so it doesn’t happen to them.”

  • ACE Report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • County Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on a pier at the end of Nags Head Road, Supply; unknown suspect pulled up deck planks and threw them in the water.

    •Larceny and property damage on West 4th Avenue, Supply; suspect tore apart an air-conditioning unit and stole the compressor.

    •Larceny on Seashore Hills Drive, Supply; suspect removed a Dewalt saw from the residence.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny and property damage on Lee Street, Ocean Isle Beach; suspect removed and damaged a golf cart from the victim’s residence. The golf cart was later recovered.

    •Property damage to a solar panel on the Ocean Isle Beach bridge; an unknown suspect damaged a solar panel on the bridge.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •James Ivan Lewis Jr., 30, of 2374 Longwood Road, Ash, was arrested on two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon serious injury with intent to kill.

    •Larceny of a catalytic converter by removing it from a vehicle at Rent-A-Center in Shallotte; it appears the catalytic converter may have been removed by a saw.