Local News

  • Committee launches grant program for veterans’ nonprofits

    The Committee to Honor America’s Veterans announces the launch of a grant program designed to help veterans, military personnel and their families. Grants will be awarded to existing veterans’ support organizations in Brunswick County, such as but not limited to Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Elks, Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center in Little River, S.C., Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Bragg, and Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.

  • About 4,000 gallons of wastewater spills in Leland

    About 4,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled in the Magnolia Greens Community in Leland on Saturday, July 2, because of an electrical malfunction, Leland Town Clerk Sabrena Reinhardt said in a news release.

    Leland had a discharge of an estimated 2,000 gallons of untreated water at the cul-de-sac in Kobus Court and another estimated 2,000 gallons near 1351 Grandifloria Drive.

    The untreated wastewater was discharged into the Jackeys Creek Watershed in the Cape Fear River Basin the same day.

  • Sunset Beach mayor battles 11th-hour effort by Rabon to revive de-annexation bill

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts fended off a last-minute attempt by Sen. Bill Rabon to revive Senate Bill 875 on Friday, July 1, after it was defeated Wednesday by the House finance committee.

    Watts received information late Thursday night the bill had been put back on a House committee agenda for Friday. He also received a request for signed petitions opposing the controversial bill to de-annex three town parcels that were needed in Raleigh by 10 a.m. Friday.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher charged with drug trafficking

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 49-year-old Kelly Kiggins Hansen, on Wednesday, June 29.

    A warrant shows Hansen had more than four grams of opium and 4.3 grams of dihydrocodeine,  a semi-synthetic opium, with the intent to sell when she was arrested. Dihydrocodeine is included in schedule II of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

  • House finance committee defeats Senate Bill 875 to de-annex Sunset Beach parcels

    Seven weeks after Senate Bill 875 was filed in Raleigh, a majority of the North Carolina House Finance Committee has voted against the controversial measure to de-annex three parcels in Sunset Beach.

    The 22-8 vote came Wednesday afternoon, June 29, in Raleigh, according to information posted on Facebook by Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts.

    Watts stated the bill could still come up in the General Assembly’s next session that launches next January, “so council will need to continue to speak with the parties involved over the coming months.”

  • Calabash ABC employees charged with stealing money from store

    Two former employees of the Calabash ABC store have lost their jobs and face charges of felony larceny from the store.

    Former store manager Mark Ernest Buzzell, 57, of Sunset Beach was arrested, booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Tuesday, June 28, by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of felony larceny by employee.

    Former store employee James Robert Greeson Jr., 49, of 235 Woodlands Way, Unit 7, in Calabash was arrested, booked and released from the jail June 20 on a charge of felony larceny by employee.

  • Scam Smarts Part II: Seniors main targets of Brunswick County scammers

    Recently, a 72-year-old Carolina Shores woman received some exciting news: She had just won the second prize in the Mega Millions lottery.

    There was just one problem: She hadn’t bought a lottery ticket.

    She became suspicious of the man calling from 408-2129 who told her she had won $1.5 million. The man, who claimed his name was David Whiteman, said all she had to do was go to customer service at Wal-Mart, wire $399 to Frank Carroll in Clinton for state and port taxes, and the money would be hers.

  • Scam Smarts Part I: Education, vigilance key to avoiding scams

    You’re at home, watching the latest game on your TV, when suddenly your landline rings. You pick it up, wondering if it’s a loved one giving you a call.

    It’s not.

    Instead, it is an excited voice telling you you’ve won a sweepstakes trip on a cruise. You feel the excitement bubble over to your side of the line. Then you pause, because there’s just one problem: You never entered a sweepstakes to win a cruise.

  • Leland approves 2016-17 budget with tax rate increase

    LELAND — Leland officials approved the 2016-17 budget, including a 3.18-cent tax increase, at a special meeting Thursday, June 23.

    The budget for 2016-17 totals $10.6 million, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    The tax number on a Leland home valued at $212,000 with the proposed tax rate of .1833 would generate $388.60 compared with $321.18 at the .1515 tax rate. Leland had kept its tax rate at .1515 per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of kidnapping

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is incarcerated on $1 million bail amid accusations he assaulted his wife, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner, and held her against her will.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged 45-year-old Richard Channing Joyner Jr., of Ocean Highway West, with second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show he was booked about 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, when the alleged crimes took place.