Local News

  • Man to spend more than a year in prison for Sunset Beach drug death

    A Lake Waccamaw man will spend at least a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 drug death of a man in Sunset Beach.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 36-year-old Hunter McCrae Morgan to serve between 17 and 30 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served after Morgan pleaded guilty Feb. 13.

  • State announces $1 million to improve public beach access

    The state Division of Coastal Management recently announced the availability of about $1 million in funding to local help governments in 20 coastal counties improve public access to coastal beaches and waters for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments in those counties.

  • Councilmen dredge up Jinks Creek concerns

    SUNSET BEACH — Two town councilmen expressed concern Tuesday after learning proposed dredging for the Sunset Beach island now includes the northern portion of Jinks Creek.

    “Why wasn’t this brought up before?” councilman Richard Cerrato asked during a project update by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol at the Feb. 19 council workshop.

    Neal said he believed the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management wanted to interpret the rules to avoid Jinks Creek and tie in a “deep-water section or hole” near Palm Cove.

  • Library manager assesses future move

    Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan is targeting this summer for the library’s planned move to Brunswick Community College’s former South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    She said the new library will also need a new name, since it will no longer be located at Hickmans Crossroads, in addition to new furnishings and shelving, describing the latter in particular as “not cheap.”

  • Calabash proceeds with park site appraisal

    CALABASH — The town is moving ahead with preliminary measures for its newly acquired riverfront parkland.

    The town board of commissioners last week approved authorizing Town Administrator Chuck Nance to proceed with seeking proposals for appraisal of the 1.42-acre property overlooking the Calabash River near the bridge at Beach Drive, which was purchased by the town last August for a future park.

  • CRC chairwoman calls for offshore drilling stance

    SUNSET BEACH — The chairwoman of the state Coastal Resources Commission last week called for the board to consider taking a stand on offshore drilling in the wake of proposed plans opening up off the North Carolina coast.

    CRC chairwoman Renee Cahoon of Nags Head, speaking on the second day of the two-day CRC meeting at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, said it’s time for the commission to act on the issue.

  • Sheriff's office seeks Southport gas station robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for the man who robbed the B.P. gas station at 5053 Southport-Supply Road in Southport.

    No weapon was brandished and no one was injured.

    According to a sheriff's office Facebook post, the robbery happened at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

    The man is described as a 6 feet tall and white with facial hair. He was last seen wearing a short sleeved dark-blue T-shirt, tan pants and a camouflage beanie.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

  • Man faces felony charges in crash that killed three people

    A Wilmington man faces felony charges in Friday night crash that killed three people on U.S. 17 near Sunset Beach.

    Michael Anthony Johnson, 31, faces three counts of death by motor vehicle in the four-vehicle collision that killed 59-year-old Penny Pigford of Wilmington and Leroy and Frances Carlisle, both 82, of Ash.

    The charges are felonies because alcohol was a factor in the crash, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Corey Blackwell said.

  • Woman reported missing found safe

    A woman reported missing has been found safe, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon.

    Ashley Amber Johnson, 26, was last seen in the Supply area on Feb. 7.

    A sheriff’s office Facebook post provided no details.

  • Sheriff’s office asking for public’s assistance in locating missing teen

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a teen they say was last seen Thursday evening.

    Sixteen-year-old Shimeck Williams was last seen at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 wearing a white shirt and shorts, and he may be wearing a blue North Brunswick hoodie.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 253-2777 or 911.