Local News

  • Soles to appear in Columbus County court Feb. 25

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. will appear in Columbus County court this week.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney who announced he would not seek re-election to represent District 8 in the state Senate, has a scheduled court hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, where he will face an assault charge for a shooting at his home in August.

    Soles will appear before special Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. at 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shallotte Middle School reopened after early morning lockdown

    Classes resumed just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning at Shallotte Middle School after the school was placed in lockdown before the school day began.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb said a student received a threatening text message, which was reported to school officials at about 7:25 a.m. Thursday. The school was immediately put in lockdown. Students who were arriving by car or bus were asked to wait at West Brunswick High School until the school reopened. Students already in the school were directed to wait in the gym.

  • Charity golf event planned for woman battling cancer for second time

    Update: Due to the overwhelming response, the golf tournament is filled to capacity. The pot luck dinner will be available to players only. Those not playing in the tournament are asked to send donations only to any First Bank location.

    Two years ago, Brunswick County native Ellen Granade found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with triple negative cancer.

    At 31 years old, she was younger than the usual breast cancer patient and had no trace of breast cancer in her family history.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department receives $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in Federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced in a press release Ocean Isle Beach FD will receive funds, along with Sloop Point VFD and Cerro Gordo VFD.

  • Ash man arrested on felony drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested an Ash man Friday, Feb. 12, after executing a search warrant at his Mill Branch Road home.

    Bryan O. Thomas, 23, of 5013 Mill Branch Road, Ash, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office booking report.

  • Shallotte appoints Hughes as new town administrator

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has appointed longtime public works director Albert Hughes as the town’s new full-time administrator.

    Hughes had been serving in the position on an interim basis since former administrator Paul Sabiston resigned last summer.

  • Southport backs off support for port; authority CEO asks for meeting

    The Southport Board of Aldermen has voted to rescind the town’s support of the N.C. International Terminal project proposed by the N.C. State Ports Authority for 600 acres in the Southport area.

    This week, the mayor and city manager met with the authority’s chief executive to receive an update on the project.

    At least one town official says taking back the resolution of support is what it took to get the authority’s attention.

  • Commissioners to pay $104,000 in back taxes from nonprofits fueling up tax-free

    BOLIVIA—Eighteen local volunteer fire and rescue squads and other nonprofit agencies have been gassing up at the county’s fuel station tax-free for the past few years. On Monday, county commissioners voted to pay the back taxes, and then bill the agencies to recoup the money paid.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said various agencies pumped fuel tax-free at the county station from Dec. 1, 2006, until Dec. 31, 2009, when the county learned that was not in compliance with state and federal tax codes.

  • Turner receives Advanced Law Enforcement certificate

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sammy Turner is a busy man.

    Turner is the training supervisor at the sheriff’s office. He’s also the full-time firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office and several other municipal police departments. He also oversees the sheriff’s office’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program, which he implemented, and from which 100 percent of participants recently graduated.

  • Brunswick Community Hospital named StormReady by National Weather Service

    SUPPLY—The National Weather Service recently named Brunswick Community Hospital a StormReady Supporter in recognition of hospital officials’ efforts in storm preparedness.

    The distinction makes Brunswick Community Hospital only the second hospital in the state to be named a StormReady Supporter, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    “The biggest thing was just that it addressed every aspect of our operations: hurricanes, snow, which is timely, flooding— really any kind of damage that could happen during a storm,” Myers said.