Local News

  • Advisory team meets to discuss community health assessment plans

     BOLIVIA — Every four years, county health officials distribute a countywide health survey and the results are used to develop an action plan to improve community health.

    An advisory team made up of local health officials and other community leaders met Tuesday, June 16, to discuss the distribution of this year’s survey and the plans it will develop to address survey results.

  • Bolivia woman accused of insurance fraud

     A Bolivia woman accused of fraudulently obtaining $2,000 from an insurance company was arrested and charged with fraud Tuesday, June 16.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 55-year-old Meleny Tate, of 3343 Southport Supply Road, and charged her with insurance fraud, attempting to obtain money or property by false pretense and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

  • Tennessee couple indicted in OIB robbery

    A Tennessee couple accused of robbing an Ocean Isle Beach business last fall have been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Kendrick Stefon Patton, 22, and Ashley Nicole Turner, 18, both of Columbia, were each wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Patton was booked there Dec. 23, 2014, while Turner was booked there April 22.

  • Woman indicted in Shallotte robbery attempt

    An Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on March 1 has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

  • 5-year-old Ash girl who was reported missing found safe

    Five-year-old Haley Alexis Caulk, who was reported missing from from her home in Ash on Monday afternoon, has been found safe with a neighbor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

  • Two Supply residents win money in N.C. Education Lottery in same week

    It turns out Brunswick County’s streak of lottery luck this year isn’t over.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Betty Martin of Supply was the winner of the $192,955 jackpot in the Carolina Cash 5 game. Martin, who told them she plans to use the money to pay off her home, cars and credit cards, chose her own numbers to win the jackpot in the June 6 drawing.

    Martin learned of her big win while watching television after the drawing.

  • Two children lose limbs in separate shark attacks


    Two children are in stable condition after each lost an arm in separate shark attacks Sunday, June 14, less than two miles apart on Oak Island.

    At 4:40 p.m., a 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her left arm and leg during an attack near the Ocean Crest Fishing Pier, said Kyle Thomas, the town’s public information officer.

    Less than two hours later, at 5:51 p.m., a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colo., lost his left arm during an attack near 55th Avenue, Thomas said.

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Towns address McCrory's $2.85B 'Connect NC' bond proposal for state

    At least two Brunswick County towns have delayed commitment on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed “Connect NC,” a $2.85 billion bond proposal to improve the state’s infrastructure.

    McCrory’s office is seeking support for Connect NC by asking local government leaders to review information and to adopt resolutions supporting it.

  • OIB agrees to roundabout at N.C. 179 intersection

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials made the N.C. 179 roundabout official by agreeing to put $250,000 in town funds into the project.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve moving forward and using town funds, if necessary, to cover the town costs.

    “I’m going to work diligently to raise some of that money,” Mayor Debbie Smith said of searching for grants to cover the $250,000 the board agreed to pay for the project.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham was the lone board member to vote against the roundabout.