Local News

  • Fishing co-op established, seeking county's help to establish nonprofit

    In an effort to establish a commercial fishing resource area for county fishermen, local fishermen have created a co-op at the direction of county commissioners.
    Bill Hickman of the Brunswick County Marine Advisory Committee told commissioners Monday they recently met to organize a co-op with a chairman, secretary, treasurer and three board members.
    “We’re ready to proceed with land acquisition under your direction; plan the next step toward land acquisition and getting funds for the project,” Hickman said.

  • Shattered justice: Investigation into Frink’s death still on-going, open case

    It’s far from case closed in the 1994 murder investigation of 18-year-old Amy Frink.
    Lead investigators Capt. Gene Caison and special investigator Dave Crocker say the two men convicted in Frink’s murder are guilty of their roles in Frink’s horrific death. Both men are now out of prison, both having served less than one-third of their respective 30-year sentences.
    But Caison and Crocker say there are more suspects out there.

  • Shattered justice: Frink murder suspects arrested in Florida, New Jersey four years after crime

    When they were finally arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Amy Caroline Frink, hundreds of miles separated John Paul Counts and John Gamble from the spot where Frink’s body was found, just across the state line in South Carolina.
    Four years after the June 1994 murder of the Shallotte teen, Counts was living in Ocala, Fla., and Gamble was living in East Orange, N.J.

  • Shattered justice: The Amy Frink murder investigation

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

  • State medical board action affects two local P.A.’s

    The N.C. Medical Board has reprimanded Shallotte physician assistant Jonathan Lawrence Langston, P.A., for not completing mandated discipline requirements in the time allotted.

    Another local physician assistant has voluntarily surrendered his license.

    According to the latest disciplinary report, on Feb. 18, the board officially executed a consent order reprimanding Langston, a physician assistant at Shallotte Medical Center.

  • ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ planned for CIS Benefit Gala for Children




    “Some Enchanted Evening” is planned for Oct. 21 under the Palm Court Tent at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. As the major fundraising event for CIS, the evening will be a black tie optional event featuring “A Taste of Brunswick County” from local chefs, live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, and live music.

  • Re-enactment shows realities of drunk driving to Brunswick County Academy students

    Barbara Musgrave stood quietly between Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and John Ponds of Andrews Mortuary Service.

    Surrounded by the sparking lights of a police car, an ambulance and fire trucks, she waited to get closer to her daughter, 17-year-old Academy student Marissa Beckman.

    As part of a drunk driving fatality re-enactment through the Keys to Life program Musgrave knew what was waiting for her.

    She expected to see torn wreckage of damaged vehicles. She knew there would be lights and sirens.

  • Wings of Love Prom Closet

    Crystal Williams had her choice of 500 dresses, all different styles and colors. She tried on a short black dress that tied in the back, then a light blue dress with beading. She looked at bright-colored dresses and some with muted tones. But after sifting through countless racks of dresses, she chose the first one she tried on—a long gown made of rich, brown chiffon.

    “It’s kind of plain, but it’s me,” she said.

    Being able to select a dress from the Wings of Love Prom Closet, Williams said, was a “dream.”

  • Five women arrested in prostitution sting

    Five women were arrested last week, with charges ranging from soliciting prostitution to drug possession.
    On Thursday, April 1, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit raided two local establishments they say are known for prostitution—Sun Day Spa in Longwood, where two women were arrested, and Playmates Exotic Dancing on U.S. 17, where another three women were arrested.

  • Board to interview final three superintendent candidates Tuesday

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will interview the final three superintendent candidates at a specially called meeting Tuesday, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Progress Energy Visitors Center in Southport.

    “We’re strictly focused on hiring a new superintendent,” Bud Thorsen, board chairperson, said Thursday afternoon.

    Of the 34 applications board members received, 10 were interviewed last month. Each board member was then told to select their top three choices, and the board members were unanimous in their decision.