Local News

  • Shallotte aldermen discuss sales tax, other issues

     SHALLOTTE — The issue of sales tax redistribution under consideration by the General Assembly was the primary topic of discussion during the town’s regular board of aldermen meeting Aug. 4.

    Mayor Walt Eccard told the board he joined 14 other mayors and Brunswick County commissioners in signing a letter opposing the proposed redistribution. He presented an analysis prepared by the county showing Shallotte could plan on losing an estimated $280,000 in tax receipts over a four-year period if the state makes the changes.

  • Detectives investigate Longwood shooting

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a reported shooting in Longwood last week.

    According to an incident report, someone fired at least one shot at 23-year-old Jaquann Kyree Randall at 7638 Victory Drive just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. It’s unclear whether Randall was injured.

    No description of the shooter was available and no arrest has been made.

  • Supply men sentenced to prison terms after pleading guilty to drug charges

     Two Supply men were sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to drug charges in separate cases in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Senior Resident Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 31-year-old Matthew Deante Hewett of Turkey Trap Road to 67 to 93 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas said.

  • Pennsylvania man drowns near Ocean Isle Beach

    Robert Huss, of Glen Mills, Pa., was on vacation with his wife and had been swimming near 39 Ocean Blvd. W., deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    “He was swimming in the ocean and has a history of cardiac (problems),” Crocker said.

    Huss was pronounced dead on the beach at 6:38 p.m., Crocker said.

    Officials from the state Medical Examiner’s Office and physicians from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, where Huss’ body was taken, determined the official cause of death was drowning, Crocker added.

  • Former Sunset Beach police officer arrested on rape charge

    A former Sunset Beach police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in June.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 39-year-old Jamie Lynn Clemmons of Red Fox Street in Shallotte, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged him with second-degree rape, Brunswick County Detention Center records show. He is incarcerated on $1 million bail.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner fired Clemmons in May 2013.

  • Leland police corporal fired, charged with embezzlement

    A Leland police officer was fired from the department Wednesday, Aug. 5, a day before she was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Melissa Jane Hinnant, of East Eighth Street in Southport, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged her with six counts of embezzlement.

  • Accused heroin trafficker released after posting $6M bail

    A Shallotte man charged in one of Brunswick County’s largest heroin seizures was released on $6 million bail from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

  • Day treatment program discussions continue

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County Schools staff have considered establishing a day treatment program for special needs students.

    Those discussions continued at a Tuesday, Aug. 4, regular school board meeting as assistant superintendent Deanne Meadows told board members the district and a mental health agency have yet to come to terms on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would expedite the process of implementing the program.

  • Entrepreneur’s motivation for success born in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County native Rickey Miller moved north to find his calling as a business owner and entrepreneur, but attributes growing up in the Ocean Isle Beach area to making his success possible.

    Miller grew up on Sommerset Road between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    “Living in Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte made me who I am,” Miller said.

    A 1976 graduate of West Brunswick High School, he went to technical school in Atlanta before finding his first career in West Virginia working in coal mines.

  • County unemployment continues increase, above 7 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has risen nearly one full point in two months, to 7.1 percent in June, since hitting a low of 6.2 percent in April.

    The numbers are up for a second month after rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in May.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County crept back above 7 percent just as it did one year ago when the June 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.