Local News

  • Shallotte man faces drug charges after traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug charges Thursday, March 12.

    Clayton John Allen Holmes, 30, of Burke Lane NW, was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Brunswick County Courthouse re-opens after sprinkler malfunction

    The Brunswick County Courthouse will re-open Monday, March 16, after a sprinkler malfunction caused it to close for the day Thursday, March 12, and kept it closed Friday, March 13.

    Brunswick County public information officer Amanda Hutcheson said the malfunction occurred in Courtroom 4 on the second floor of the building. Water from the sprinklers then affected Courtroom 2, which is below Courtroom 4 on the first floor.

  • Leland looks to legislature for end of H2GO, start of regional ABC Board

    Leland officials will send state legislators two requests to revoke the charter for H2GO and permit an ABC store in North Brunswick County.

    At a Thursday, March 5, workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    A second resolution asks the legislature to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Church shelters on county meeting agenda

    Brunswick County commissioners will hear firsthand the process for allowing churches to shelter the homeless in emergency situations at their March 16 meeting.

    Reggie Hucks, Brunswick County chief building inspector and director of code administration, and Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, will present the process guidelines created Feb. 20.

  • Navassa woman charged with filing false report involving her child

     A Navassa woman faces charges after claiming her parents abducted her child.

    Navassa Police Officer Barry Perez arrested 18-year-old Deborah Sparkman on Thursday, March 5, and charged her with filing a false police report.

    Initailly, Sparkman reported her parents, David and Geraldine Autry of Leland, abducted her child, a warrant shows.

  • Realtors’ association sets legislative goals for 2015

     SUPPLY — Local Realtors convened this week to discuss a way that North Carolina coastal communities can secure a funding source for beach nourishment projects.

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted the 2015 Impact Breakfast at 101 Stone Chimney Place on Monday, March 9, to set its legislative goals for 2015 and review housing statistics from 2014.

    Association of Realtors CEO Steve Candler presented the legislative goals after Rep. Frank Iler shared a legislative update with the crowd.

  • County and college team to offer flight medic prep course

     CAROLINA SHORES — The helicopter landing on one of Brunswick Community College’s satellite campuses Tuesday, March 10, wasn’t by accident.

    Brunswick Community College and county officials welcomed the helicopter — and more than 50 students — from four different states for a flight paramedic preparation course.

  • Leaders discuss ideas, plan to apply for $10K grant

     BOLIVIA — Last June, health professionals and other community leaders convened at the Brunswick County Health Department to discuss Project Lazarus for the first time.

    On Thursday, March 5,  eight months after that initial meeting, a team of Project Lazarus coalition members gathered there again to begin the preliminary stages of applying for a $10,000 grant that would be used to battle the prescription painkiller epidemic in the region.

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.