Local News

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate died Thursday morning at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Tony Edward Long, 36, of Oak Island was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:50 a.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.  

    Members of the jail’s medical staff rendered first aid but were unable to revive him.

    The sheriff’s office’s professional standards office found no evidence of foul play or suicide, the release said.

  • Woman aims to connect Brunswick County and Horry County, S.C., professionals

    If Brunswick County officials won’t embrace the federal government’s decision to connect the county to the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area businesswoman will.

    Laurie Thomas Vass, president of The Private Capital Market, moved to Little River, S.C., three years ago. Since then, she said, there hasn’t been any success getting government representatives from Horry County, S.C., and Brunswick County together.

  • Financing decision delays H2GO board action

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board voted to award $26 million in contracts for a reverse osmosis plant at its July 18 meeting, but the checks won’t be cashed just yet.

    The four contracts approved by the board are contingent upon the North Carolina Local Government Commission approving financing to sell $23.5 million in bonds to pay for the plant.

  • GSATS approves $750K for Carolina Bays report

    CAROLINA SHORES — Southern Brunswick County residents could have a chance to speak their minds on a Carolina Bays highway connector between South Carolina and North Carolina by the fall once a draft Environmental Impact Statement study begins.

    The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study members voted July 28 to put $750,000 into the DEIS to begin moving forward.

  • Human trafficking victim advocate describes assistance efforts during OIB visit

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Visitors and residents in Ocean Isle Beach learned about some realities of human trafficking in North Carolina during a presentation by Justice Ministries’ Mark Blackwell on July 27.

    The victim advocate and speaker was invited to Brunswick County by Carston Allen, the new owner of Carolina School of Surf.

    Allen, a Charlotte native and lifelong visitor to Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from UNC-Charlotte in December and interviewed with Justice Ministries for an internship before he move to the island to buy the surf business.

  • GenX test results reported following governor’s response

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to Wilmington on July 24 calmed the waters surrounding The Chemours Company discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River by detailing steps the state will take to stop the process.

    Cooper announced the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permit request to release GenX and that the State Bureau of Investigation will assess if the chemical discharge warrants a criminal investigation.

  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson waterfront stabilization reef project taking shape

    WINNABOW — The Waterfront Stabilization project at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson is taking shape along the shoreline of the Cape Fear River.

    The project is being built in front of Fort Anderson’s earthen Battery A near the water line that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    Brunswick Town received $850,000 from the 2013-14 Office of State Budget and Management’s Repair and Renovation Reserve list for the project to build the first 200 linear feet of a protective reef, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of selling heroin, fake cocaine

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of selling heroin and fake cocaine in May and June.

  • School board to finalize 2017-18 budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a work session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, to finalize the 2017-18 school year budget.

    The board also plans to discuss the pre-schematics for the three high school athletic improvements and the Lincoln Elementary School six-classroom addition, all of which are projects under the $152 million school bond voters approved in 2016, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Police identify man involved in fatal Oak Island shooting

    Officials publicly identified Tuesday the triggerman in a fatal Oak Island shooting that remains under investigation.

    Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas Everette Craddock of Oak Island shot and killed 36-year-old Michael Christopher Auvil, also of Oak Island, at 11:15 p.m. July 22 during a fight in the area of Keziah Street and Ocean Drive, Police Chief Greg Jordan said.

    Dispatch records show Craddock was on the phone with a 911 operator at the time of the shooting, and told the operator Auvil tried to cut him.