Local News

  • BSL police seek man in kidnapping, vehicle theft

    Boiling Spring Lakes police are looking for a man who they say stole a car with a toddler inside Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4.

    The 3-year-old girl was released safely to her mother, Police Chief Brad Shirley said in a news release.

    Shirley said 26-year-old Joshua Brandon Miller was a passenger in a black 2016 Toyota Corolla four-door driven by the child’s mother. When the woman stopped about 4 p.m. at the Olde Brunswick Store at Fifty Lakes Drive and N.C. 133, Miller got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

  • Task force seeks five, charges 13 others in drug operation

    The FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, which includes two Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, charged 18 people with drug-related crimes after an operation conducted Aug. 3, according to an FBI news release issued Thursday.

    Five remain at large, 11 were arrested and two were already incarcerated.

    Warrants show:

  • Shallotte Lowes Foods to close by Sept. 17

    Lowes Foods announced it is closing its Shallotte store on Main Street by Sept. 17.

    It is one of three stores to be closed as "continued adjustments to their total store portfolio as part of a broader growth strategy for investing in new stores (including new markets), while continuing major store remodels," according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon. The others are a Lowes in North Wilkesboro and a Just$ave in Dobson.

  • Department of Insurance rate increase rejection upheld

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals today handed down a decision affirming the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s rejection of a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.

  • Commissioners put $152M school bond on November ballot

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners set the $152 million school bond referendum in writing at their meeting Monday night.

    The steps involved in placing the bond on the Nov. 8 ballot include publishing a notice of the special bond referendum and requesting the Brunswick County Board of Elections add the language of the referendum to the ballot.

  • NCDOT plans to replace Mulberry Branch bridge

    Planning for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road in Shallotte will begin this month.

    Gary Lovering, the NCDOT design engineer for the project, said it is scheduled to go out for bid and a contractor will be awarded the project this month.

    Lovering said the bridge in place now is considered old and obsolete.

    Plans for the bridge replacement were in the works before a Carolina Shores teen died in a crash there in February.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 25

    Tyler Blake Rogers, 20, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Thomas Douglas Roger, 16, was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

    Shoplifting power tools worth $200 from Wal-Mart.

    Shoplifting clothing worth $34.08 from Wal-Mart.

    July 26

    Kevin Dewayne Brown, 39, was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

  • Grand jury indicts teen charged in fatal crash

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a teen, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February, on a charge of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

    Devin Keither Harris, 18, was arrested April 4 and indicted on the charge July 25, records show. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $2 million bail, records show.

  • Seven people hurt in crash Sunday on N.C. 211 in Bolivia

    Seven people were sent to area hospitals with minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash on N.C. 211 near Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Trooper D. Adams with Highway Patrol said the collision happened at 6 p.m. Sunday on N.C. 211 near Midway Road when Randolph Morrison, 52, of Bolivia, failed to stop his white Buick and struck the rear end of a boat attached to a black F350 truck driven by Chauvet Jackson, 32, of Bolivia with six passengers. Jackson was making a left-hand turn into his driveway at the time of the crash. Adams said Morrison was drunk at the time of the crash.

  • Nursing/adult care facility public hearing planned for Aug. 10

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host an Aug. 10 public hearing on a proposal to create a combination nursing facility and adult care home in Lockwood Folly.

    In a public notice released July 11, DHHS reported the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section received an application to develop the combination nursing facility/adult care home from southeastern North Carolina care providers Liberty Healthcare Nursing Properties of Brunswick County, Southport Nursing Center, J.A. McNeill & Sons and S&R Properties III.