Local News

  • Police identify man involved in fatal Oak Island shooting

    Officials publicly identified Tuesday the triggerman in a fatal Oak Island shooting that remains under investigation.

    Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas Everette Craddock of Oak Island shot and killed 36-year-old Michael Christopher Auvil, also of Oak Island, at 11:15 p.m. July 22 during a fight in the area of Keziah Street and Ocean Drive, Police Chief Greg Jordan said.

    Dispatch records show Craddock was on the phone with a 911 operator at the time of the shooting, and told the operator Auvil tried to cut him.

  • Excavator stolen from job site

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an excavator stolen from a job site in Supply.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, a 2006 Caterpillar excavator model 303cc was stolen from 90 Medical Center Drive off U.S. 17 between noon Saturday, July 29, and Monday morning, July 31.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kip Hester at 713-8360.

  • County EMS personnel honored Grand Strand Health, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., honored Brunswick County EMS first responders Leighanne Formyduval, Michael Tate and Elizabeth Futrell with its Challenge Coin Award on Monday evening at the H. Mark Gore EMS T

    Grand Strand Health, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., honored Brunswick County EMS first responders Leighanne Formyduval, Michael Tate and Elizabeth Futrell with its Challenge Coin Award on Monday evening at the H. Mark Gore EMS Training Facility in Shallotte. The award was created and first used in April to recognize people serving their communities who demonstrate exemplary pre-hospital patient care, Grand Strand Health spokeswoman Julie Kopnicky said.

  • Bolivia man still missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a 68-year-old Bolivia man reported missing last month.

    John Michael Dreelin was last seen July 1 in the 1600 block of Midway Road. He may be driving a silver 2005 Ford Escape SUV with North Carolina license plate DEL6353.

    Dreelin is described as a white man with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair and possibly suffering from dementia.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller 398-5335 or call 911.

  • Man faces charges in Leland counterfeit case

    A Fair Bluff man faces three felony charges in a Leland counterfeiting case.

    Thadeus Justin Miller, 27, is charged with forgery of an instrument and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said Miller used fake money at Lowes Foods at 1152 East Cutlar Crossing after entering the store at 8:45 p.m. July 13.

  • Couple reflects on 60 years of marriage

    OAK ISLAND — It started at a skating rink.

    The Rev. Betty Jo Mullis, a student at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, had been invited to go roller-skating at a nearby rink, unaware it was when she would meet her future husband, Carl Van Buren Blackmon.

  • Chess man checks into 104th birthday with library mates

    Whether he won or not, Ralph Ashby was king of the day as members of the Grand Strand Chess Club gathered for another day of weekly competition Tuesday at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Ashby, after all, had just reached another age milestone, turning 104 this week as the group feted him with a cake and good wishes for the club founder who also has the best attendance record.

  • Waterfront Market changeover questioned in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Management of the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market changed hands last year unbeknownst to the head of the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association.

    Merchants association president Darren Bouley said this week he was unaware when market manager Chris Wilson and her partners formed Waterfront Markets LLC and applied for permits, first to have a holiday market last December, then for the subsequent spring market in April and seasonal market this summer in Sunset Beach Town Park.

  • Volunteers needed for Relay For Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Brunswick County to help plan and organize the 2018 event.

    Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Volunteer support is crucial to the event and will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

  • Man dies after falling off ladder at construction site

    A man died after falling off a ladder in Oak Island on Thursday morning.

    The man, whose identity has not been released, was working on a gutter at a home in the 800 block of Ocean Drive when he fell 30 to 40 feet from the top of the ladder at 8:20 a.m., Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

    Five people, including a coworker, called 911.

    Anselmo said he drove the ambulance that took the man to an Airlink landing site at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, where the man was pronounced dead.