Today's News

  • 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.

    June 23

    Motor vehicle; someone took a Brunswick County Schools truck without permission.

    Financial transaction card theft, fraud and obtaining money by false pretense; someone stole the victim’s debit card.

    June 24

    Counterfeiting; someone gave the victim counterfeit money as change from a purchase.

    June 25

  • Dare to Care for Children delivers toys to pediatric clinic

    Leland officials helped a local businessman provide more than a dozen bags of toys to a Wilmington pediatric clinic June 30.

    Skip Wittkofsky, with the help of his granddaughter, Haven Wittkofsky, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and councilman Bob Corriston delivered 13 large bags of toys to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic.

    Claire Parker, New Hanover Regional Medical Center media relations coordinator, estimates Wittkofsky provided the clinic with a stockpile of more than 1,000 toys for patients in need.

  • Helicopter tours begin at OIB airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The name is Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Helicopter Tours, for the time being, but helicopter tours have arrived in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sam Groome, owner of Air Florida Helicopter Charters in Orlando, Fla., has opened the new business at the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport at 6070 Beach Drive.

  • OIB approves 2016-17 budget with no tax or fee increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials approved on the 2016-17 town budget following a public hearing Wednesday, June 29.

    “The key here is no tax increase, no increase in water and sewer fees,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said. “That shows fiscal responsibility and restraint.”

    No comments were made during the budget public hearing.

    The town board voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the budget, which Town Administrator Daisy Ivey first presented to commissioners at the June 14 regular town meeting.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in May, down from 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.6 percent. The unemployment rate from May 2015 was 7.1 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in May from 5 percent in April.

  • World War II letters share OIB veteran’s thoughts during the war

    A World War II veteran’s letters, one written in the hours leading up to D-Day and another from July 4, 1944, provide a window into a soldier’s mindset during the war.

    Dr. Bazil Geckler Jr. lived in Ocean Isle Beach, until his death at 93 on Nov. 23, 2014.

    Jencie Varnam, the caregiver for the Bazil and Louise Tripp Geckler from 2004-2014, is the executor of his estate who found the letters while clearing a home Geckler owned in his home state of Illinois.

  • Leland man arrested twice in three days on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested the same Leland man on drug charges twice in three days last week.

  • Agency offers tips to protect health in extreme heat

    Following the heat advisory for eastern North Carolina issued by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

  • Two Supply men arrested in thefts of motors, boats

    Two Supply men were arrested last week in a series of thefts in Brunswick County where motors and boats were stolen

    Christopher Wayne Jeffries, 35, of Varnamtown Road was arrested Wednesday, June 29, and John Curtis Smith, 29, of Weeping Oak Road was arrested Thursday, June 30. Both have been charged with three counts of felony larceny, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and three counts of felony larceny.

  • OIB police seek person of interest in cooler thefts

    Ocean Isle Beach police are looking for a person of interest in the thefts of Yeti coolers from local residents.

    Several Yeti Coolers were stolen July 2-5 from trucks, boats and houses in Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible. Flax said a white man committed the thefts at night and early in the morning.