Local News

  • Twelve arrested in late night prostitution sting

    Twelve women were arrested at four locations just after midnight Friday during a late-night prostitution sting led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Officers arrested five women at Close Encounters in Calabash, three at Smile Spa in the Thomasboro area, three at the Sun Spa in Longwood and one at Playmates in Calabash.

  • Teenage driver of fatal wreck charged with involuntary manslaughter

    The driver of a vehicle that was involved in a fatal wreck killing two West Brunswick High School students last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    West Brunswick High School student Joseph Moreno, 17, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, and made his first appearance Monday in Brunswick County District Court, according District Attorney Rex Gore.

    Moreno was served with a warrant last week, and is out on a secured $25,000 bond. Gore said the case would be submitted to a grand jury as early as next month.

  • Two more H1N1 cases reported

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two additional cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus, both in Leland.

    The patients have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, according to health director Don Yousey.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over, so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Yousey said.

  • Coalition continues fight against increased homeowners’ insurance rates

    When insurance rates were approved last December, 43 of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw increased rates. Residents of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties, saw their insurance rates increase between 17.5 and 29.8 percent.

    The other 57 counties, including Charlotte, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union Counties, saw a decrease between 4 and 6 percent.

  • UNCW's Hall predicts 1 percent economic growth in region

    After experiencing virtually no growth during 2008, the local economy of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties is forecast to expand by approximately 1 percent during 2009 and 3 percent during 2010.

    William W. “Woody” Hall Jr., senior economist with the Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, announced his economic predictions Tuesday at UNCW.

  • Holden Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved a $12.27 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 that keeps the same tax rate and water fees.

    The board unanimously approved the budget town manager David Hewett presented Tuesday night at a special meeting at town hall.

    The budget keeps the current tax rate of 6.9 cents per $100 of property valuation. The town has a current tax base of $2.211 billion, down about $20 million over the previous year due to property owner’s appeals of their assessments.

  • Between bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—As the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge goes up, so does anticipation for its completion and changes it will bring.

    The $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span should be finished and ready to open in the next 15 months as long as work stays on schedule, a construction official said last week.

    “We’re on schedule as of right now,” said Mark Hackney, project supervisor with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., which is building the new North Carolina Department of Transportation span to replace the one-lane pontoon bridge.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for stabbing suspect while victim remains in hospital

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a suspect they said stabbed a fellow partygoer at a weekend party in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said Edward Brock, 28, allegedly stabbed William Bradley Faulk of Whiteville after an altercation at a party on Hewett Road in Supply on Saturday night.

    Brock has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, stemming from the altercation.

    Mason said Brock allegedly knocked down a woman at the party.

  • Christmas in July to benefit troops

    The Ocean Isle Beach Light to Light Merchants Association is sponsoring a Christmas in July drive to collect food, toiletries and other supplies for soldiers overseas.

    During July, association members, businesses on Beach Drive (N.C. 179) between N.C. 904 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, will place American flags outside their businesses to note they are participating in the drive and will have drop boxes inside.

  • Iler sworn in, appointed to Stiller's committees

    Frank Iler of Oak Island has been sworn into office as the newest member of the N.C. House of Representatives. He has begun his first full week in former Rep. Bonner Stiller’s District 17 seat.

    Last Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee selected Iler to fill out Stiller’s unexpired term. The following day, he was expected to be sworn in, but the ceremony was delayed until Thursday due to clerical issues.