Local News

  • Soles indicted on assault charges for August shooting

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday afternoon for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, charging Soles with the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate at Tabor City.

    The indictment came just days after Soles announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.

  • BEMC Kicks off Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked-off its second-annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign and has raised more than $21,000 so far.

    The company is raising money in order to help local residents in need. The money raised will go towards Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with their heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for missing 84-year-old man

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing elderly man believed to be suffering from dementia.

    Albert Ray Childers, 84, of 13 Gate 6, Carolina Shores, was last seen around 2 a.m. Friday. Childers recently said he wanted to go to Gaffney, S.C., to visit family.

    Childers is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has short, gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark green, checkered shirt and black pants.

    He is driving a 2006 dark gray Jeep Liberty with a North Carolina license plate, TWE 8947.

  • Teacher arrested for statutory rape, sex acts with a student

    First reported at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Last updated: 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

    A Brunswick County Academy (BCA) teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with statutory rape and sex acts with a student.

    Leah Gayle Shipman, 39, of 8764 Windingwood Trail in Leland, was charged with one count of sexual offense with a student, one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 8.

    According to a ConnectEd message, students and 10-month employees will be on a two-hour delay Friday. Twelve-month employees will be on a regular schedule and are expected to arrive at regular time.

    If changes in weather occur, the school will send out further notification.

  • Calabash survivor seeks to teach public truth about lung cancer

    Fighting the stigma against lung cancer has become a crusade for Joan Bourguignon of Calabash.

    As a member of the Lung Cancer Alliance and a survivor of the disease, she has become a friend to other cancer patients and an active spokesperson for the importance of screening, increased funding and getting rid of the stigma that only smokers develop lung cancer.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. It claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, lymph and breast cancers combined.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for missing person

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing person.

    Tom Joseph Deane, 59, of Calabash, was last seen Saturday, Jan. 2.

    Deane is a white male with blue eyes and salt and pepper hair. He is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

    He was wearing a gray hooded shirt and blue jeans, and drives a 1968 blue Volkswagen Bug.

    Anyone with information about Deane or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at 253-2743, or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

  • Shallotte approves annexation, rezoning, plat

    Shallotte has approved a preliminary plat for a 1.01-acre tract off Whiteville Road for the possible location of a future of First Bank branch.

    At the request of the town planning board during its meeting last month, developers have converted the private driveway to a private road, assigned a road name and installed a street sign.

    The property is at the corner of Whiteville Road and Lowe’s/Planet Fun driveway.

  • Shallotte police vehicle goes missing; detective's wife cited

    The wife of a Shallotte police detective has been cited for possessing and operating a Shallotte Police Department Jeep without permission on Dec. 26.

    According to police chief Rodney Gause, the Jeep, which is used by a police detective, was missing for about 45 minutes to an hour. Police located it in the Home Depot parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.

    Karen Elisabeth King, 38, of 381 Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte, has been cited for taking and operating a 2000 Jeep Cherokee belonging to the Town of Shallotte without consent.

  • Schools, sheriff discuss SRO costs

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met with Sheriff John Ingram to discuss the escalating cost of School Resource Officers (SRO) salaries and overtime costs.

    Board members Shirley Babson and Scott Milligan, who also serves as the finance chair, met with Ingram Tuesday to discuss the temporary contract for SRO services approved last month.

    The board had been operating with no contract since July and approved a contract through the end of January which agreed to pay all SRO salaries, benefits and fixed costs on a monthly billing cycle with no set limit.