Local News

  • Matthews woman pleads guilty to assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman pleased guilty to assaulting a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, and well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer and simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing neighbors’ guns

    A Shallotte man is accused of stealing guns from his neighbors months ago.

    Zachary Alan Jeffries, 24, of Bay Village Street was arrested Feb. 19 and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, safecracking and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • Coastal residents Rally to Raleigh to fight offshore drilling

    RALEIGH — Busloads of coastal residents, including ones from Brunswick County, traveled to the state capital Monday to voice opposition to offshore drilling.

    Hundreds of people took part in the Rally to Raleigh at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s only statewide meeting Feb. 26 at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown Hotel.

  • Sunset Beach launches budgetary priorities

    SUNSET BEACH — Five new police cars, permanent restrooms for the island and possibly hiring a town events coordinator are among town “needs” items outlined by Town Administrator Susan Parker at a town council budgetary planning session last week.

    Parker outlined projected capital expenditures for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year based on recent meetings with town department heads.

  • LIEAP funds available

    Low-income North Carolina families struggling with winter heating bills can apply for help through an assistance program run through county departments of social services.

    More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating bills through the state-administered Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The federally funded program helps keep families safe and healthy by providing a one-time payment directly to the utility company.

  • OIB to discuss town park master plan March 5

    Ocean Isle Beach will conduct a public meeting for the Town Park Master Plan in the Betty S. Williamson meeting hall at 3 W. Third St. in Ocean Isle Beach on Monday, March 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the meeting will be to review design alternatives to assist in developing the town park master plan.

    Go to oibgov.com for more information and to complete a short survey. Call Justin Whiteside, assistant town administrator, at 579-3469 for further information.

  • State Highway Patrol troopers promoted

    Seventy-seven employees of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were recognized for promotions in a ceremony Monday, Feb. 26, at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary.

    Sgt. E. C. Harris of Troop B, District 6, (Brunswick County) was promoted to first sergeant, Troop B, District 5 (Columbus County).

    Trooper J.C. Horniak of Troop B, District 9 (Brunswick County) was promoted to sergeant, Troop B, District 6 (New Hanover County).

    The promotions include 10 civilian and 67 sworn members from various sections within the organization.

  • New OIB traffic light

    The new stoplight at Causeway Drive and Culpepper Road (in front of Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department) is planned to become fully active Thursday, March 1.

    It will operate in flash mode until that time.

    Motorists are asked to use caution entering that intersection when the new light becomes active.

  • Insurance commissioner warns of Medicare scams

    North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams.

    Beginning in April 2018 and running through April 2019, old Medicare cards will be replaced with ones that no longer show Social Security numbers. Instead, cards will have a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and to check eligibility and claim status.

  • Orton Plantation announces beginning of controlled burn season

    Orton Plantation will begin its annual controlled burning between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres to improve forest health, restore longleaf pine habitat.

    Trained experts conduct the controlled burns at Orton in close coordination with the North Carolina Forest Service, the North Carolina Department of Air Quality, Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments and 911 services.