Local News

  • Shallotte pastor travels to Zanzibar to spread message of Christianity

    Imagine attending church service outside in 95-degree temperatures, surrounded by soldiers armed with machine guns.

    For many Christians on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, Africa, this is a reality.

    Todd Underwood, pastor at the Shallotte Church of God, witnessed the scenario firsthand when he visited the island last November.

    Accompanying him were Doug Seaman, a pastor from Washington, D.C., and his wife, Pam.

    Underwood and the Seamans made the trip to be part of an eight-day crusade to bring Christianity to residents of Zanzibar.

  • Reward offered in pelican cruelty case

    The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for breaking the wings of 10 brown pelicans in Brunswick County.

    Between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, 2009, 10 pelicans were found washed ashore on Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Holden Beach and Caswell Beach. The birds were suffering from broken wings. Some of the birds had drowned, and the rest had to be euthanized as a result of their injuries.

  • Time Warner Cable official promises better service to Holden Beach residents

    The new director of government relations for Time Warner Cable’s Wilmington area promised the company would do a better job serving Holden Beach after hearing a boatload of complaints from Holden Beach commissioners and homeowners during the town’s regular board meeting Tuesday night.

    Eric Collins heard complaints about repaired lines being left above ground for as long as six months, shoddy picture quality and price, among other things.

  • Brunswick representatives attend forum on investing in children's futures

    “Smart Investing: Communities Thrive When Children Thrive” is an initiative funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to find out what North Carolinians think are the most important priorities for the state, specifically related to young children.

    The foundation funded eight forums across the state, and several representatives from Brunswick County attended the forum in Fayetteville last month.



    A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers located in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. Everyone is invited to attend. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the event. For more information, contact Andrea White at 253-2016.


  • Soles indicted on assault charges for August shooting

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday afternoon for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, charging Soles with the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate at Tabor City.

    The indictment came just days after Soles announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.

  • BEMC Kicks off Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked-off its second-annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign and has raised more than $21,000 so far.

    The company is raising money in order to help local residents in need. The money raised will go towards Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with their heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for missing 84-year-old man

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing elderly man believed to be suffering from dementia.

    Albert Ray Childers, 84, of 13 Gate 6, Carolina Shores, was last seen around 2 a.m. Friday. Childers recently said he wanted to go to Gaffney, S.C., to visit family.

    Childers is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has short, gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark green, checkered shirt and black pants.

    He is driving a 2006 dark gray Jeep Liberty with a North Carolina license plate, TWE 8947.

  • Teacher arrested for statutory rape, sex acts with a student

    First reported at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Last updated: 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

    A Brunswick County Academy (BCA) teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with statutory rape and sex acts with a student.

    Leah Gayle Shipman, 39, of 8764 Windingwood Trail in Leland, was charged with one count of sexual offense with a student, one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 8.

    According to a ConnectEd message, students and 10-month employees will be on a two-hour delay Friday. Twelve-month employees will be on a regular schedule and are expected to arrive at regular time.

    If changes in weather occur, the school will send out further notification.