Local News

  • Carolina Shores wraps paving project

    CAROLINA SHORES — A town street has been rededicated following a months-long $475,000 reconstruction and paving project.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, for Clubview Lane in the Village at Calabash, town administrator Jon Mendenhall announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Feb. 2.

    The town board also recognized longtime town engineer Amie Drucker, who is leaving to move to Colorado. Drucker has served as town engineer for 16 years.

  • Escaped inmate captured after five-day manhunt

     SOUTHPORT — Deputies captured a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility last week after searching the area near his home Tuesday, Feb. 3.

    They found 22-year-old William Earl Hewett hiding in a camper shell in a wooded area on Trails End, a stone’s throw from his Southport home, about 6:45 a.m. searching several addresses and parcels off Trails End Road near Long Beach Road.

  • Jailer fired four days after inmate escapes

     BOLIVIA — Sheriff John Ingram fired a corporal with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office less than two days after an inmate escaped from the county’s jail.

    Ashley Nicole Harrell, a jailer at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since February 2014, was fired Monday morning, Feb. 2, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Harrell was placed on paid administrative leave less than 24 hours after William Earl Hewett of Southport escaped from the county jail Thursday, Jan. 29.

  • Leland woman faces drug trafficking charges

    A Leland woman faces several drug charges after her arrest Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 61-year-old Dorothy Ann Jefferson and charged her with eight drug-related crimes, including trafficking opium or heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • UPDATE: Deputies locate Southport man reported missing

    Deputies have found a Southport man who was reported missing.

    Phillip Mark Helms was found safe Friday, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

    Helms was last seen at his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

  • 73-year-old Shallotte woman charged in apparent animal hoarding

    Animal control officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services assisted the Shallotte Police Department Wednesday afternoon with the rescue of 27 animals from an apparent hoarding situation.

    Twelve dogs and 15 cats were surrendered without incident to BCSAPS at a home on Pine Street in Shallotte.

    The animals were found in inhumane conditions, many of them in feces-filled cages. Most were covered with matted fur and in need of grooming. Several of the animals were sick and in need of veterinary care.

  • OIB museum contributor Hayden O'Neil dies

    Locally renowned Ocean Isle Beach businessman and museum board member Hayden O’Neil died Monday, Jan. 26, following a brief illness.

    O’Neil, 86, was noted for his contributions to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, where he was chairman emeritus of the board, and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. He was also the longtime owner of Brunswick Business Center in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Detectives seek Supply man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a 61-year-old Supply man last seen Nov. 25, 2014.

    Peter Malcolm Dickinson, of Empire Road, is described as a 5-foot-4 white man weighing about 150 pounds, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday night.

    Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 880-4878 or call 911.

  • Brunswick Beaches Consortium reorganizing after Bald Head Island quits

    The Brunswick Beaches Consortium has taken one step forward but two steps back in its effort to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town in November.

    The beach towns that have participated in the BBC met Dec. 11 to re-establish a board and elect officers to conduct the quarterly meetings.

    The members voted Bald Head Island Assistant Village Manager Chris McCall temporary chairman and BHI council member Dr. Gene Douglas as vice chairman.

  • County commissioners approve Oak Island beach funding over three years

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved funding $500,000 for Oak Island’s beach renourishment by splitting the cost into three annual installments of $166,666.

    Oak Island is proceeding with permitting and easements for the beach erosion abatement and renourishment project, anticipated to begin in February.

    The town is planning the first phase of the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project to dredge the eastern route of the Lockwood Folly River.

    The total cost for the Phase 1 dredging is estimated at $3.5 million.