Local News

  • Report ranks OIB highly in police officers per capita

     A report published by an independent web-based consumer news and resource center ranks two Brunswick County towns among the safest in the Tar Heel State.

    Bald Head Island was ranked first and Ocean Isle Beach eighth in consumeraffairs.com’s recently released “Safest Cities in North Carolina” report.

    The rankings are based on the number of police officers per 10,000 residents, Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Natalie Donahue said.

  • Trooper’s lawsuit against sheriff dismissed

     A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant in December 2013 against Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

    More than two years ago, N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Nance and his wife, Andrea, filed the suit alleging the sheriff violated his right to free speech and inflicted “emotional distress” against the trooper and his family.

    U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan dismissed the suit against Ingram in federal court Sept. 29, court records show.

  • Two Sunset Beach meetings moved to fire station

    Upcoming meetings in Sunset Beach will temporarily take place to accommodate more people at the town’s main fire station No. 1 at 102 Shoreline Drive West.

    That includes Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming second meeting of the month scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • Carolina Shores gearing up for Jan. 28 retreat

    CAROLINA SHORES — Acquisitions won’t be included when the town board of commissioners starts addressing stormwater priorities at their upcoming annual retreat Jan. 28.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the board’s monthly meeting Jan. 7, said the board will consider schedules in the capital improvement plan as well as price quotes from last year and rental and sharing information for a drain-clearing jetter machine.

  • Longwood woman charged with counterfeit trademark after store raid

     A Longwood woman accused of selling counterfeit goods at her Shallotte retail store was arrested and charged with counterfeit trademark Wednesday, Jan 6.

    Agents with the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force raided Fresh Gear, a clothing store at 5285-1 Main St., in December and seized almost $63,000 in counterfeit items, including Air Jordans, Timberland boots and North Face and Nike clothing, according to a news release issued by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office after the raid.

  • Brunswick County women face prostitution charges

     Two Brunswick County women face prostitution charges in Horry County, S.C.

    Horry County police arrested 21-year-old Sara Katherine Byrd of Shallotte and 17-year-old Sydney Rose Lea of Ocean Isle Beach on Jan. 7 and charged each with prostitution, lewdness, assignation and prostitution generally, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

    Lea was also charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    Byrd and Lea were released after posting $250 bail each just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8.

  • Southport woman charged with DWI in single-car crash

     A Southport woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other traffic violations after she crashed into a ditch last week on Midway Road near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.S. Thompson charged 32-year-old Holly Marie Lysaght with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, unsafe tires and a seatbelt violation after she crashed into a tree in a ditch off Midway Road on Friday, Jan. 8, a collision report shows.

  • Brunswick Coalition buys billboards to raise prescription abuse awareness

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition, which has been established to combat prescription drug abuse, has purchased billboards to create awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of leaving prescription medications unattended. 

    The coalition used grant funding to purchase spaces for two billboards, one at 2618 Ocean Highway 0.1 miles south of Royal Oak Road in Shallotte and another at 7270 U.S. 17 just south of N.C. 87 in Leland.

  • Sirens to be tested around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 13, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • CAMA land use plan survey under way in Sunset Beach

    The town of Sunset Beach is updating its Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Land Use Plan.
    In an effort to better understand land use issues most important to citizens of Sunset Beach, and to assist in the CAMA Land Use Plan update, the town is asking interested residents to complete a short questionnaire and community survey, available online atplansunsetbeach.com.
    Town staff will tabulate responses and integrate concerns into the updated CAMA Land Use Plan.