Local News

  • Oak Island man convicted for prescription pill trafficking

    A Brunswick County jury has convicted an Oak Island man of trafficking and selling prescription pills after a weeklong trial.

    Timothy Ray Dobbs was convicted of two counts of trafficking in hydrocodone, one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver hydrocodone and one count of sell or deliver hydrocodone on Monday.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, Dobbs was the target of a months-long investigation during 2008, which ended with his arrest in October 2008.

  • Commissioners OK financing for Calabash, Sunset Beach sewer projects

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners approved a financing agreement for the construction of the Calabash and Sunset Beach sewer systems on Monday that will save more than $2 million in interest payments.

    In addition to the town of Sunset Beach receiving $3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in July for the construction of the town’s sewer system, both towns will benefit from a financing agreement approved by commissioners, which will save about $2.3 million in interest during the 12-year life of the financing agreement.

  • Computer terminal open at county complex for viewing county e-mails

    BOLIVIA—It just became easier to access public records at the Brunswick County Government Complex.

    All e-mails sent to and from county employees, except for those e-mails marked private, will automatically be forwarded to a computer terminal set up for public viewing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

    State, county and municipal employees and elected officials are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which encompasses all correspondence, including e-mails.

  • Piney Grove chief hired to head Calabash Volunteer Fire Department

    CALABASH—Randy Bork, chief of Piney Grove Fire and Rescue Department in Kernersville in Forsyth County, has been hired as new chief of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department.

    Bork’s hiring was to be officially approved at a fire department board meeting Tuesday night.

    Bork, 55, replaces former fire chief Carl Naecker, who resigned July 24 after nearly a year on the job.

  • State Bureau of Investigation launches investigation into state senator

    State Sen. R.C. Soles, a Tabor City attorney and the state’s longest serving legislator, is now the subject of a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

    For more than 40 years, Soles, who represents Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties, has served the people of North Carolina—for four terms in the state house followed by 17 terms in the state senate—but he is now the focus of a state investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • Second and final weekend for 'The Music Man'

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s local production of “The Music Man” is playing its second and final weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The show, which debuted last weekend, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 14-16).

    Tickets are $14 for adults, $9 for students and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.

    Ten percent of admission proceeds will go to Smart Start of Brunswick County.

  • Suspect arrested in morning bank robbery

    Shallotte Police have arrested a man they say robbed a Shallotte branch BBT Tuesday morning.

    Police chief Rodney Gause said police have a suspect in custody, and they have recovered all of the stolen money.

  • Former Calabash town administrator arrested

    Former Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb was arrested Tuesday morning, charged with embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense in connection with his three months of employment with the town.

  • Police arrest suspect in Shallotte bank robbery

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte Police have arrested a man they say robbed a Shallotte BBT bank branch on Tuesday morning.

    Police arrested 37-year-old Terry Manuel Ramirez around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Shallotte Police Capt. Scott Branning said Ramirez, who was released from jail last Saturday, allegedly walked into the Shallotte Crossing Parkway bank just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, and passed a note to the bank teller demanding money.

  • Senator speaks out about claims

    “I hear you want to talk to me.”

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., back in his Tabor City office full time now that the Senate has adjourned for the year, on Monday said he was willing to answer questions raised in recent weeks about his relationship with several young clients, a fire that gutted the home of one, and allegations he has made large cash payments to those young men.

    “I’ll answer any question you want to ask me,” Soles said. “I may not like the questions, but I’ll answer them.”