Local News

  • Charges dismissed against inmate escapee’s aunt

     Charges were dropped in Brunswick County District Court against one of the people arrested in the case of an inmate who escaped in January.

    Tanna Lynn Hewett faced charges of felony harboring an escapee and accessory after the fact after being accused of aiding her nephew, William Hewett, during his escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    District Court Judges Jerry Jolly and Pauline Hankins voluntarily dismissed the charges against Hewett in Brunswick County District Court on Sept. 4.

  • Supply thrift store re-opens after recovering from last May’s fire

     SUPPLY — A thrift store that was destroyed in a fire last May is up and running once again thanks to some help from a team of dedicated volunteers.

    Rose of Sharon Thrift Store, which is sponsored by Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply, was closed for the last 15 months before re-opening for the first time Sept. 8.

    Store co-managers Marlene Wenger and Darlene Teeple stood inside the store at 2060 Holden Beach Road beaming with pride during an interview Sept. 17, a little more than a week after holding a soft opening.

  • School board members move forward with bond referendum request

     SUPPLY — Asking for another bond while still paying off the debt from a separate bond issued 16 years ago is not ideal but necessary, Brunswick County Board of Education members said.

    During a board retreat Sept. 15-16 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply, school board members discussed their plan to ask county commissioners to include a bond referendum on the 2016 general election ballot.

  • BCC staff, trustees seek ways to improve south-end center

     SUPPLY — Four years ago, Brunswick Community College officials eagerly anticipated the opening of its South Brunswick Islands Center, a 15,300-square-foot building designed to meet the needs of students near the South Carolina line.

    At the college’s board of trustees meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, president Dr. Susanne Adams and the trustees determined they must use the facility more effectively or consider selling it.

  • Virginia teen dies two weeks after surfing injury at BHI

     A teen from Virginia died Sept. 13 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington two weeks after he was injured during a surfing accident in Bald Head Island.

    Sixteen-year-old Tyler Wentz, of Henrico County, was body surfing while on vacation with his friend’s family when he was injured Aug. 27, according to a memorial web page established for Wentz.

    According to a post from family friend Natalie Reddell, Wentz spent more than two weeks in the hospital with injuries to his lungs and liver before succumbing to them Sept. 13.

  • Hope Harbor Home seeks to “ride domestic violence out of town” with rally

     Hope Harbor Home advocate Karmen Smith hopes a rally to promote domestic violence awareness will impact someone who doesn’t attend the event.

    On Saturday, Sept. 26, Smith and other Hope Harbor representatives will host the fourth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally at Jones Ford, located off U.S. 17 on the north end of Shallotte.

    The rally kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration and “kickstands will go down” at 11 a.m., Smith said.

  • Sex trafficking awareness advocate bikes through Shallotte on national trek

     SHALLOTTE — Young girls and boys are used and abused, raped and sometimes left for dead in one of the world’s largest criminal industries.

    That’s how Colorado resident Daniel Lemke describes victims of human and sex trafficking.

    His passion and singular goal of eradicating human trafficking across the globe led him to Shallotte last week as the bearded 22-year-old traveled through Brunswick County during the sixth month of his human trafficking awareness tour across the United States.

  • Brunswick strategic planning meetings begin Oct. 5

    Brunswick County will host the first public meeting to develop a new strategic plan at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5 at Leland Town Hall.

    The strategic plan is a long-term vision statement to guide county officials in charting the county’s course for the future.

    The planning and visioning process will include extensive public input, both in the form of public meetings and an online survey.

  • Ocean Isle Beach airport repair delayed until October

    Ocean Isle Beach has ha to delay plans to close the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport for a drainage pipe repair.

    The town posted a notice in early September that it intended to replace the drainage pipe that runs under the runway at the airport, which would require closing the airport from Sept. 21-Oct. 11.

    Ocean Isle Beach Town Administrator Daisy Ivey, said in the notice the town is working with the North Carolina Division of Aviation (NCDOA) to secure funding for the project and have received final approval.

  • Fire destroys Navassa home, two firefighters injured

     A fire destroyed a single-family home Wednesday night in Navassa, according to a news release issued by county fire marshal Scott Garner.

    Crews arrived at a structure fire at 10:16 p.m. at 116 North Navassa Road, five minutes after the fire was called into the county 911 center, according to the release.

    “When crews arrived they found a large single family residence engulfed in flames,” according to the release.

    The home is considered a total loss, Garner wrote in the release.