Local News

  • Three arrested on robbery charges

    Three Brunswick County men are accused of robbing two people last week.

    No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Ryan Eubanks, 17, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 10; Samuel Chad Hodges, 22, of Pigott Road in Shallotte on Dec. 13; and Kevin Durand Eubanks Jr., 20, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 14.

    Hodges was charged with a felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and the Eubankses, who are brothers, were each charged with a felony count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery.

  • Oak Island teen, Bolivia woman located safely

    Two people recently reported missing in separate cases have both been safely located.

    Trevor Joe Freeman, 15, of Oak Island was reported missing Nov. 23. Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said Freeman was located safely soon after he was reported missing.

    A Bolivia woman who was last seen Dec. 8 at her Clemmons Road home was safely located in Conway, S.C., on Dec. 14, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Kimberly Kelly Seawell, 35, was originally reported missing Dec. 13.


  • BSL man faces second impersonation charge

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man faces a second charge after being accused of impersonating law enforcement in October.

    Anthony Mark Collins, 28, of East Boiling Spring Road is now charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating law enforcement, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

  • Market aims to make world better

    SUPPLY — This Christmas, 11-year-old Mason Marshall of Supply is thinking about thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts — not for himself, but for more than 50 families in the community who will receive Christmas gifts from him via his gourmet popcorn business, Mason’s Market.

    The business was officially established in July 2015 after Mason’s mother Melissa gave him $50 and told him to “do something great” with it.

  • Chmielenski receives Leland’s COTY award

    LELAND — Mayor Brenda Bozeman had to plan for two months to make sure her Citizen of the Year was in the audience and unaware he was the 2016 recipient.

    “This is unexpected. I don’t believe it,” Walter Chmielenski, chairman of the parks and recreation board said after Bozeman announced the award at Leland’s Dec. 15 town meeting.

    “Do you know how hard it is getting good people here without spilling the beans?” Bozeman said.

  • Commissioners approve Belville town hall financing

    BELVILLE — The North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) approved the Belville’s financing agreement to build a new town hall.

    The LGC, which is part of the state treasurer’s department, approved the financing plan Dec. 9, commissioner Joe Breault said during Dec. 19 town meeting. The move opens the door for the town to move proceed with stormwater permitting, planning certification and construction contracts.

  • RoboCon demonstrates STEM efforts in schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts on display Dec. 17 by hosting RoboCon 2016 at Brunswick Community College.

    The event showed off the new robotics programs that began in the 2016-17 school year at the elementary, middle and high schools.

    Claire McLaughlin, Brunswick County STEM Council chairwoman, helped organize the robotics programs to show students the opportunities STEM courses provide.

  • Two businesses seek one operating room

    Two medical providers are vying for one opportunity to add an operating room in Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services determined in the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan that Brunswick County needs an additional operating room.

    The county has seven operating rooms: five at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia and two at J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

  • Sunset Beach throws shade on 'cabana confusion'

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has delayed until January review of its recent reversal and decision to continue to allow cabanas on the beach.

    At a special meeting called Monday by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton “to address the procedural and process confusion regarding the town’s reversal to allow cabanas,” board members took issue with a thick multi-page report distributed by the two at the start of the session.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said there had been no time to review it.

  • Calabash OKs plat for Kingfish Bay phase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a preliminary/final subdivision plat for revived phase work in Kingfish Bay.

    Approval of the “Kingfish Village” phase came at the board’s last meeting of the year Dec. 13.

    The phase consists of two existing townhouse units and plats 14 more single-family lots along Kingfish Boulevard and Tilapia Way off N.C. 179 (Beach Drive).