Local News

  • Man wanted on child sexual assault charges captured in Idaho

    A man wanted since May in a Leland sexual assault case involving a child was arrested at an Idaho cattle ranch.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio is charged by the Leland Police Department and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office with disseminating obscenity to a minor, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts each of first-degree sex offense with a child and crimes against nature, according to a news release issued Tuesday, July 8, by the police department.

  • Detectives seek people of interest in VFW theft

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are looking for people of interest in the July 2 theft of a pig cooker from a Supply VFW post.

    Detectives believe the item was taken that morning from VFW Post 8866 at 573 Sabbath Home Road, according to a news release issued Tuesday, July 8.

    Two men and a pickup truck were captured on surveillance footage from the post before the theft was reported.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 253-2777.

  • Back to normal: Holiday weekend proceeds

    After a daylong Fourth of July Eve visit, Hurricane Arthur has cleared the local coast, allowing holiday events to proceed Friday, including Fourth of July parades in Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Southport, and several fireworks shows.

    Friday, local beaches were jammed with beach-goers soaking up sun and fun on land and sea.

    In Sunset Beach, business was brisk at Island Market, Sunset Slush and other establishments lining Sunset Boulevard.

  • Brunswick County unemployment remains below 7 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew to 6.8 percent from April to May 2014.

    The rate was still at a lower level than the county experienced in the past two years.

    It is the first increase in unemployment since January, but at the time unemployment was almost two points higher at 8.7 percent.

  • Brunswick County hires new HR director

    Scott Milligan was selected as the new Human Resources Director for Brunswick County beginning July 21.

    Debbie Barnes, the former HR director, left in February.

    “We’re going into the new fiscal year. I guess the county manager decided it was time to fill the position,” Milligan said.

    “I look forward to working with Scott more closely and having his experience and enthusiasm on the management team,” County Manager Ann Hardy said in a statement announcing Milligan’s new position.

  • Navassa Homecoming hosts 33rd anniversary

    Navassa hosts its 33rd annual Homecoming beginning tonight and lasting through the weekend with events Friday and Saturday.

    Mayor Eulis Willis founded the event with the late Wilhelmina Horton.

    Navassa is a town with a population just under 2,000, but Willis said the homecoming can attract more than 5,000 people during the three-day event including those who return to the community and revelers from the surrounding area.

    “It is unique for us because Navassa is predominantly an Afro-American community,” Willis said.

  • Shallotte movie theater hosts McCarthy comedy Tammy

    The Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” returned to Shallotte this week.

    The movie filmed in a few locations in Brunswick County last summer, including two nights at Sal Rubio’s restaurant, The Grille, on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The building Rubio moved into in 2012 was formerly a Hardee’s, which made it the perfect location for a scene in the movie where McCarthy robs a fast food place called Topperjack’s.

  • School board revisits referendum for capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and Brunswick County Board of Education members can’t decide whether to ask county commissioners to put a referendum that was defeated in May back on the ballot for the November general election.

    While conversations took place at May 30 and June 10 budget workshops, the discussion pertaining the referendum has been tabled at the last two board meetings, a June 17 workshop and the regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, July 1.

  • Leland concert series ends Thursday with variety/country act

    Leland’s of the Concerts on the Coast series will bring back the Coco Loco Party Band to play the final show of the summer at Municipal Park on Town Hall Drive Thursday, July 10.

    The Coco Loco Party Band previously performed in Leland at a Founder’s Day event,

    showcasing many different genres of music including disco, pop, beach, soul and rock and roll from 1950’s through today’s hits.

    For part of their performance, the band will play as their alter ego, Most Wanted, with a set list of favorite country songs.

  • Man accused of sex crimes with children indicted

     A former Brunswick County resident accused of multiple sex crimes involving children has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, was arrested by Gaston County sheriff's deputies Thursday, May 29.