Today's News

  • Supply man accused of setting horse stable fire

     A Supply man is accused of setting fire to a horse stable Sunday, Jan. 24.

    The stable was vacant during the fire and no horses were injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax added.

    Detectives arrested 18-year-old Hunter Anthony Howell and charged him with felony burning other buildings and first-degree trespassing, Flax said.

    Howell is accused of setting fire to a building that is used as a horse stable in the 2300 block of Boones Neck Road, warrants show.

  • UPDATE: Larkin new Sunset Beach councilman

    SUNSET BEACH — Pete Larkin will fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant town council seat after being chosen in a split vote by Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Larkin, a retired civil engineer who has served on the town board of adjustment and as a volunteer firefighter in Sunset Beach, received votes from council members Carol Scott and Lou De Vita, plus a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Ron Watts, at the Feb. 1 meeting.

  • Shallotte woman accused of stealing a firearm

     A 19-year-old Shallotte woman accused of stealing a gun faces a felony charge after her Monday, Jan. 25, arrest.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Summer Elisa Lysak, of Sasspan Drive, and charged her with larceny of a firearm.

    Lysak is accused of stealing a Colt .380 semi-automatic handgun from a residence on Rock Crab Way in Shallotte on Dec. 17, 2015, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Monday.

    Lysak is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail. 

  • Public officials, like the press, must answer for their work

    Since I’ve returned to the Tar Heel State after nearly two decades in the Palmetto State, I’ve groused about how public records laws are much more transparent in South Carolina. I was particularly spoiled because after working with many law enforcement, public safety and court officials there for so long, many of them trusted me personally as much as professionally even though the stories I wrote often made their jobs potentially more difficult. They understood they had to answer for their work just as I had to answer for mine.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board digs up fill ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH — Town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard has been tasked with researching other towns about slope and fill requirements to develop a “best practice” for Sunset Beach.

    Direction came at a Sunset Beach Planning Board work meeting last Thursday, Jan. 21, during discussion to amend the town Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to address fill standards for lots.

  • Sunset Beach man, others arrested on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested three people Thursday, Jan. 21, in two separate investigations.

    Michael Tykee Leach, 27, of Ocean Highway West in Sunset Beach was arrested after agents seized a “small amount” of cocaine and marijuana during search of his home, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Rest in peace, Sgt. Adam Schoeller

    It is easy to consider how members of our military put themselves in danger each time they enter a war zone, where casualties are not unexpected. We do not often realize how frequently they put themselves in harm’s way by training for that experience, even if they never engage in combat, until an accident happens.

    We do not often come to that realization unless such a tragedy strikes someone we know.

    Sgt. Adam Schoeller was one of us — not just because he was a Marine, but also because he married into our community.

  • Detectives investigate two armed robberies

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened Thursday, Jan. 21.

    No one was injured during either incident.

    A 47-year-old man was walking in an area near Makatoka Road and Etta Lane in Supply when four people — two men and two women — held him at gunpoint before stealing his wallet and $350 cash, incident reports show.

    In the other case, investigators are trying to locate a couple who robbed a man and woman of prescription medication and $7 cash at a home in Leland.

  • BCC will be tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2017

     SUPPLY — Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, Brunswick Community College will officially be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.

    The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on a motion to adopt the policy during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. It will prohibit the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco or spit tobacco snuff, or any other items “containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.”

  • Marine pronounced dead after search

     Twelve Marines, including one with ties to Brunswick County, were pronounced dead after a five-day around-the-clock search following a crash between two helicopters in a training exercise over Hawaii the morning of Jan. 15.

    Among the 12 who perished is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, who was a CH-53E crew chief and the husband of West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

    The Coast Guard officially suspended its search, which spanned 40,000 nautical miles and shorelines, Jan. 19. No bodies were found.