Local News

  • NCDOT works to integrate drones into emergency response efforts

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.

  • Winnabow woman sentenced for promoting prostitution of minor

    A Winnabow woman will spend at least three years in prison after pleading guilty to promoting the prostitution of a minor in New Hanover County Court.

    New Hanover County District 5 Second Division Resident Superior Court Judge Phyllis M. Gorham ordered 26-year-old Kasi Lynn Smith of Academy Drive NE to serve between 44 and 65 months in the Division of Adult Correction after Smith pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 6, to felony promoting prostitution of a minor.

  • Leland man gets 30 years on heroin and money laundering charges

    A federal judge sentenced a Leland man Feb. 1 to 30 years in prison on heroin and money laundering charges.

    Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III handed the 360-month sentence down to 43-year-old Robert Boone, who was previously convicted of felony conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and felony conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

  • Auto insurance companies seek 13.8-percent rate hike for state

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has received a request for a 13.8-percent overall statewide auto insurance rate increase for 2017 from the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents the auto insurance companies in the state.

    This rate filing is the first auto rate filing the Department of Insurance has received from the Rate Bureau since 2009, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release. The last auto rate increases occurred in 2001 and 2002 but were wiped out by the rate decrease that occurred in 2003.

  • Red Cross urgently needs blood donors

    The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

  • Sunset Beach OKs new canopy boundaries

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council approved tightened restrictions Monday for cabana shading devices on the beach.

    New guidelines change the earliest allowable time to erect beach tents from 6 to 7 a.m. and prohibit cabanas on the beach between First and 27th streets near the “congested” Sunset Beach Fishing Pier area.

    Council opted to retain the current 10-foot distance between tents after councilwoman Carol Scott discarded her previous proposal for 12 feet.

  • Carolina Shores not ready to race

    CAROLINA SHORES — Organizers of an annual Thanksgiving Day race may soon have one more hurdle to clear before this year’s event is ready for start time.

    After learning of plans by Coastal Race Productions to change the route to include their town, Carolina Shores commissioners on Monday said not so fast.

    Speaking at the town board’s monthly workshop Feb. 6, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said organizers of the Calabash Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk submitted an incomplete application and haven’t paid a fee.

  • Man wanted in Calabash break-in identified

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies have identified a man they say tried to break into a Calabash home last month.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, the man who attempted to break into a home in the 100 block of Beach Drive on Jan. 24 is 48-year-old Jamie Landis High of Riverview Drive in Calabash.

    High is being held on $5,000 bail at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., on an unrelated shoplifting charge. Records show North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Police arrested him Jan. 27.

  • Leland police seek two women in larceny case

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two women they say stole various items from the Lowes Foods in Cutlers Crossing on Jan. 16.

    One woman, who has a small build, was last seen wearing a white shirt with black jacket and jeans. The other woman, who has a medium build, was last seen in a white shirt and camouflage jacket. Both have dark hair. 

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries said the two women were last seen in a red Chevrolet Impala with a Maine license plate.

  • Brunswick County has a new utilities director in 2017

    John Nichols didn’t expect becoming Brunswick County utilities director would involve fiber optic lines.

    Since taking over the role after former director Jerry Pierce retired at the end of 2016 the utilities department has dealt with two low water pressure/outages that required advisories for area residents to boil water or use bottled water.

    A Jan. 30 water line break along N.C 211 between Midway Road and Long Beach Road caused by construction work impacted the town of St. James, and The Regency, Arbor Creek, Abbington Oaks and West Trace neighborhoods.