Local News

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Supply man sentenced to 16-31 months for cocaine convictions

    A Supply man has been sentenced to 16-31 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections after a Brunswick County jury convicted him of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

    According to Chris Thomas, assistant district attorney, Kevin Rashaad Brown, 29, of the Cedar Grove community in Supply, was sentenced to 16-31 months in prison for two cocaine convictions.

    Brown was on trial for two cocaine transactions, which lasted about a week, Thomas said.

  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.


    For the first time, the Brunswick County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has representation on the state level.

    Ronnie Robinson, of Supply, is serving as the state treasurer of the NAACP.

    “It started back several years ago after attending the various state conferences and going to the various meetings in the state concerning the NAACP,” Robinson said of his interest in having a state position.

  • Your Brunswick weekend entertainment guide

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these events happening in and around Brunswick County.

    Friday, March 26

    7 p.m. Bingo, Shallotte Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road (half-mile east of Wal-Mart.) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 754-4921.

  • Sheriff's deputies searching for stolen vehicle, suspect in Calabash

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the suspect or suspects wanted for stealing a truck in the Calabash area last weekend.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, sheriff’s deputies are searching for a white 2000 Chevrolet K-1500 extended cab truck stolen between 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and 7 a.m. Sunday, March 28, from Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this investigation.

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Calabash address

    WILMINGTON—A fugitive from justice arrested Wednesday on identity-theft charges has a Calabash address.

    An overnight FBI fingerprint investigation determined the suspect, 69-year-old Charles Lee Sparks, is a 26-year fugitive who escaped June 17, 1983, from the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Fla., after serving one year of a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking.

    A fugitive-from-justice warrant was served Thursday on Sparks, who is being held without bond at the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

  • Unemployment reaches peak in January; tourist businesses begin hiring from large pool

    Local business owners say they’re seeing a lot of qualified applicants for seasonal jobs due to the large number of jobseekers in the area.

    The unemployment rate in Brunswick County reached 13.7 percent in January, and local officials say the rate is likely decreasing now that local tourism-based businesses are hiring.

  • Milsap returns to Tarheel roots during N.C. tour that includes stop in Brunswick



    BOLIVIA—Ronnie Milsap was in his comfort zone Monday night.

    As the legendary recording star entertained a crowd at Brunswick Community College, he felt right at home.

    “I’m a Tarheel—a native North Carolinian,” the longtime entertainer reminded the audience during the concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • College changing former strip club into new south-end facility



    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College is converting a former adult entertainment business into a new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands.

    About two weeks ago, BCC president Stephen Greiner said the college paid $1 million in bond-referendum funding for a 15,300-square-foot building that previously housed the Close Encounters strip club, along with 4.35 acres of property, off U.S. 17.