Local News

  • Brunswick County School Board launches into new year

    Brunswick County Schools has had increases in state and local funding.

    The school system will also have more teachers in the next school year, including a reading specialist.

    The state budget includes a 1.2 percent pay increase for state employees and five bonus, non-recurring annual leave days.

    It was also reiterated there are five new principals this year as schools finance officer Freyja Cahill reviewed the budget with the school board at its Aug. 15 retreat in Southport.

  • Ministry event Saturday celebrates, helps kids going back to school

    Celebrate back to school with Breath of Life Ministries and Building Hope Ministries.

    On Saturday, Aug. 25, the ministries are partnering to help get parents and children ready for the new school year.

    The ministries have been working together to “stuff the bus” with school supplies. Throughout the event, supplies, clothing and food will be distributed.

  • Shallotte left in the dark Sunday afternoon

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 8,000 Brunswick County residents were without power on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation, lightning is to blame for the power outage.

    “A lightning strike around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, damaged a piece of equipment at the Hudson Ridge transmission switching station,” BEMC spokeswoman Linda Thomas said.

  • More traffic reported around Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A tourism survey of Ocean Isle Beach reports traffic on and around the island has increased this year.

    Justin Whiteside, planning director, reported to town commissioners and the mayor at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14. He said the survey shows there were 1,600 cars on N.C. 179 headed toward Sunset Beach. The same stretch of road had 11,000 vehicles last year according to the N.C. Department of Transportation annual average traffic study.

    “The causeway to Second Street increased 1,400 from 2010,” Whiteside said.

  • Flea market plea made before county commissioners

    Signs of tough economic times still confront county commissioners.

    At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a plea during public comment from a county resident struggling to make ends meet.

    “In 2008 we got hit pretty hard,” Madge Matteo told commissioners. “We began selling at the Leland Flea Market, and a part of our income became flea marketing.”

  • Former DA turns himself in, out on bond

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore and former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley turned themselves in Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury Monday.

    Mike Ramos, one of Gore’s attorneys, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon stating Gore was out on bond and had no further comments at this time.

  • Police Chief's son arrested for DUI and heroin

    SUNSET BEACH—The son of Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired and possession of heroin.

    Rodney Dean Gause Jr., 29, of 4357 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, was stopped by Sunset Beach police around 2 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.

    “He is my son and I do love him,” Chief Gause said Tuesday. “I am disappointed. I just hope and pray he learns a lesson.”

  • Former District Attorney Rex Gore indicted

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore and former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley have been indicted by a grand jury.

    Noelle Talley, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Justice, confirmed Gore was indicted on one count and Kelley was indicted on two counts Monday. 

    Gore was indicted on one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Kelley was indicted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

  • Oak Island teen killed after crashing car

    An Oak Island teenager has died after crashing his car late Saturday night on N.C. 133.

    Aaron Michael Burke Jr., 18, died early Sunday after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Burke died after his south-bound 1996 Chevrolet ran off the road around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

    Sgt. C.K. Parks with the N.C. Highway Patrol said Burke’s car was going around a curve when it traveled left of center. The vehicle went off the left-hand side of the road, struck a ditch, then hit a tree.

  • Puppy-mill couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty

    A Brunswick County couple has pleaded guilty to 24 counts each of Class 1 cruelty to animals.

    Andrew and Amelia Millis, charged in an Aug. 3 puppy-mill bust on Maco Road in Leland, entered their pleas on Friday, Aug. 17, in a case prosecuted by assistant district attorney Gina Essey.

    The judgments were consolidated into two sentences per statutory guidelines that are to run consecutively, according to a press release issued Friday by district attorney Jon David’s office.