Local News

  • Early results show Gore wins District Court seat from Prince

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer


    Fred Gore will move from assistant district attorney in the 13th District to District Court judge after apparently winning Tuesday’s election over the incumbent, Sherry Dew Prince.

    At press time, 17 of 69 precincts reported Gore lead the race for the district court seat with 68.34 percent of the vote, 6,850, to Prince’s 31.66 percent, 3,174 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  • Cooke keeps county commissioner seat

    Incumbent Commissioner Marty Cooke will serve Brunswick County’s District 2 for the next four years, winning Tuesday’s election over John Holleman Jr.

    At press time, the North Carolina State Board of Elections reported 22 of 26 precincts had Cooke receiving 22,433 votes, or 62.34 percent to Holleman’s 13,551 votes, or 37.66 percent of voters.

  • Oak Island teen accused of $130K fraud

    An Oak Island teen is accused of bilking about 20 people out of $130,000 through an elaborate investment scheme.

    David Alan Topping, 19, of Ocean Drive, was charged Nov. 4 with misdemeanor solicitation to obtain property by false pretense, felony obtaining property by false pretense for items valued at more than $100,000 and felony securities fraud, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • New finance officer starts job in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has a new finance director and budget officer.

    Bonnie Schwerd, who previously served as finance director with the town of Oak Island and has a master’s degree in accounting, started her first day of work Monday, Nov. 3, and introduced herself at that night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    Schwerd said she also previously worked in Horry County, S.C., and lives in Myrtle Beach. By December, she said she plans to present a draft of the town financial report.

  • Carolina Shores to review communications committee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Mayor Walter Goodenough is proposing the town do away with its communications advisory committee.

    The proposal will be considered by town commissioners at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at town hall.

    Goodenough, speaking at the town board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, pointed out the committee has already been put on hold or hiatus.

    Goodenough said every month town administrator Jon Mendenhall posts information on the town website about progress the town is making.

  • Deputy summoned for 'demands' in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Mayor Walter Goodenough said he summoned a sheriff’s deputy last Friday after a citizen made demands at town hall.

    Goodenough said he called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office from his home the afternoon of Oct. 31 after he was told former town commissioner Gere Dale was at town hall demanding information.

  • Snap! Weekend 'cold-vember' launches new month with rain and chill

    Some events got rained and chilled out, while others continued as planned.

    As a wet, chilly “cold-vember” descended on the region this past weekend, plans for Bikes Boots & BBQ, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s first barbecue cook-off, came to an abrupt halt in Belville this past Saturday, Nov. 1.

    Instead of a festive festival, organizers were forced to sell about 11 pre-cooked pigs that had been prepared for the event at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

  • Bald Head Island removes human resources position

     A Bald Head Island human resources and communications director has been let go by the village, village manager Calvin Peck said.

    The village voted to eliminate the position of human resources/communications, which was previously held by Karen Ellison, at an Oct. 17 council meeting.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes in appeal trial

     A former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was convicted of sex crimes in an appeal trial last week in Superior Court.

    A jury convicted 37-year-old Timothy Paul Caulder of Shallotte of soliciting crimes against nature and two counts of soliciting a prostitute stemming from incidents that occurred while he was on duty in August 2013.

  • Sunset Beach police say robbery suspect is in custody

    Police believe the man who injured a 90-year-old woman while stealing her purse Oct. 28 in Sunset Beach is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on unrelated charges.

    His bail was increased from $100,000 to $500,000, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said during a regular scheduled town council meeting Monday, Nov. 3.

    “We’re working around the clock with the (District Attorney’s) office,” Joyner said. “We’re 100 percent sure the person we’re looking at is going to be our suspect.”