Local News

  • New Hanover inmates temporarily housed in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County Detention Facility is providing temporary housing for some New Hanover County inmates.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said inmates are being housed in Brunswick County while improvements are being made to one of New Hanover County’s housing units.

    “We’re putting up fencing up on our second tier for safety and security reasons,” he said. “This is happening in all the units; this just happens to be one of the last ones.”

  • Precautions urged after EEE found in Brunswick County

    The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a pool of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County on Sept. 19, according to a county news release issued Wednesday.

    The type of mosquitoes collected is responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

  • Students work as team, learn skills through ‘Spartan Challenge’

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Middle School physical education and health teacher Holly Borden recently heard about a survey in which U.S. citizens between middle school age and 21 were asked what their dream jobs would be. No. 1 was a YouTube star. No. 2 was a professional Instagram Model. And No. 3 was to be an American Ninja Warrior.

  • 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival set for Sept. 29-30

    The world will take center stage on the campus of Brunswick Community College on Sept. 29 and 30 in the form of this weekend’s 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

  • Oak Island police arrest pair on marijuana charges

    Tips and information from the public led to the arrest of an Oak Island couple on marijuana charges last week.

    Oak Island police arrested Robert Dakota Howard, 22, and Lauryn Austyn Sims, 19, both of Northeast 50th Street, on Sept. 21 and charged each of them with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

    A town news release did not say how much marijuana was seized during the arrests.

  • Seat opens on Holden Beach board ahead of Nov. 7 election

    HOLDEN BEACH — Kim Isenhour officially resigned her seat on the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, leaving a vacancy until November’s municipal elections.

    Isenhour resigned because she is no longer a resident of the town, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden said during the Sept. 19 commissioners’ meeting. Commissioner Ashley Royal was absent from the meeting.

  • Board names Oates schools’ associate superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Jerry Oates as Brunswick County Schools associate superintendent.

    Beforestarting with the district as executive director of human resources in July 2015, Oates served as assistant principal at New Hanover High School and principal at Lakeside High School, Mosley Performance Learning Center and Williston Middle School, according to a district news release.

  • Court of Appeals panel hears two local cases in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Courthouse served as the location for a special North Carolina Court of Appeals session Tuesday to commemorate the court’s 50th anniversary.

    Among those who attended were students, lawyers and court personnel, in addition to the general public.

  • Legislation, education address opioid crisis

    SUPPLY — While the opioid epidemic cannot be solved within this decade, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said, work is being done toward turning the tide. 

    Stein spoke about the crisis, and what the government is doing about it, during the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force’s Sept. 20 meeting. Its members are law enforcement officers, faith-based community representatives, medical and treatment providers, and many others throughout the county. 

  • Family farms strive to adapt to changes in rural marketplace

    Sam Bellamy steered a tractor into the barnyard at Indigo Farms at high noon last Friday and was soon greeted by a cacophony of hinnies, roosters and geese flocked beside a nearby pond.

    The Indigo farm animals, he said, were once again “making a joyful noise.”

    In the background, horses and hinnies grazed in a fenced area. Inside the Indigo Farms Produce Market, employee Rita Estrada waited on customers amid displays of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, just in time for the first day of fall.