Local News

  • Shallotte police arrest woman on drug charges

    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman is accused of fraudulently acquiring oxycodone pills from a Shallotte drug store.

    Holly Leann Gladish, 31, of Gordon Street, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery and uttering a forged instrument.

  • Here's Howie: Upbeat beagle doesn't let paralysis slow him down

    LELAND — Lt. Tommy Tolley has an instinct for canine potential.

    The director of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services felt it the first time he met Howie, a weeks-old beagle puppy with paralyzed hindquarters struggling to get around the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Howie had been rescued from the home of a local breeder by Cpl. Teri Ferguson, one of the shelter’s animal protective services officers.

  • Sunset Beach's Jan Harris among Pelican Award recipients

    Longtime Sunset Beach resident Jan Harris is one of five recipients statewide receiving a Pelican Award this year from the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

    Harris, who lives on the Sunset Beach island, was recognized this past Saturday, Aug. 6, at an awards banquet in Beaufort for “tireless commitment to advocating for coastal resource protection.”

  • Carolina Shores donates $2,500 to chamber of commerce

    CAROLINA SHORES — Commissioners, aka the town’s new economic development committee, have approved donating $2,500 to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce

    Unanimous approval came at commissioners’ second EDC meeting last Thursday, Aug. 4, following a presentation by chamber president/CEO Shannon Viera.

    Viera said all of the county’s 19 municipalities are designated chamber members as a courtesy, but only three — Holden Beach, Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach — are donating money to the chamber.

  • Rouzer speaks on election, reform, more in Calabash

    CALABASH — A roomful of residents brought concerns about health care, veterans’ issues and the upcoming presidential election at a Coffee with Congressman Rouzer event Tuesday morning at a local restaurant.

    Rouzer, R-N.C. 7th District, spoke about House Republicans’ “A Better Way” reform plan in six areas at the Aug. 9 gathering at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant.

  • School board approves 2016-17 budget

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education members unanimously approved the 2016-17 budget resolution presented to them at a budget meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

    Total funds for the upcoming school year are $126,502,595, up $1.3 million, or 4 percent, from the previous school year, based on a second-year funding agreement with Brunswick County. Discussion to renew the agreement will begin in early 2017, school district finance officer Freyja Cahill said. Enrollment is also expected to increase by 162 students, or 1 percent, from last school year.

  • Court upholds insurance commissioner’s ruling

    A three-judge panel upheld the North Carolina Department of Insurance commissioner’s decision to reject a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.

    North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Douglas McCullough, Richard Dietz and John Tyson filed a decision Aug. 2 affirming the NCDOI decision.

    In January 2014, the N.C. Rate Bureau requested a 25.6 percent increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across the state.

  • Local residents now have opportunity to ‘adopt’ local cops

    TOWN CREEK — After hearing about the deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers last month, Tamie Keel knew she had to do something to show her husband, Leland police Sgt. John Keel, and other local law enforcement officers just how much their service and sacrifice mean to eastern North Carolina residents.

    On July 20, Keel posted on a Facebook page for wives of law enforcement officers about bringing the Adopt-a-Cop initiative to Brunswick County.

    “That’s all I had to do, and everybody jumped on it —‘yes,’” she said.

  • Smith receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Not much gets by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, especially when she’s running town meetings, but she was surprised when she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Aug. 9 meeting.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, under the guise of presenting a legislative update to the town board, presented the award, one of the state’s highest civilian awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina.

  • County seeks Holden Beach nature park grant funding

    Brunswick County will seek state grant funding to begin building in the Holden Beach nature park.

    Commissioners approved applying for grant funds with a split vote, 3-2, at their Aug. 1 meeting.

    In February, commissioners authorized staff to submit a pre-application grant proposal to the Division of Coastal Management.