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Today's News

  • Shallotte crash kills Calabash teen, injures two others

    Shallotte police are investigating a crash that killed one Calabash teen and injured two others early Wednesday morning.

    Officers were dispatched to Bridger Road in response to a 911 call just after 4 a.m. and found a blue 2007 four-door Honda Accord submerged in about seven feet of water in Mulberry Branch creek, according to a news release. They, along with Shallotte firefighters and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, pulled three teens from the wreckage.

  • Cop’s trial in teen’s fatal shooting continued until April 18

    The trial of a former Southport police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago has been continued until April 18.

    Bryon Vassey was scheduled to be tried beginning Monday, Feb. 15, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Wet, windy weather drenches weekend

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Cold and rain descended in torrents this past weekend, causing some local flooding and soaking some Super Bowl plans.

    As 40-degree temperatures accompanied by rain enveloped the area, many stayed indoors and hunkered down.

    Flooding was reported in certain parts of Brunswick County, spurring Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Government to delay their Monday, Feb. 8, opening times by two hours.

    Several people reported flooding in their yards.

  • Shallotte woman, 56, faces felony heroin charges

    A 56-year-old Shallotte woman arrested Wednesday, Feb. 10, faces three felony heroin charges.

    Betsy Wynne Padgett, of Central Avenue SW, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, selling or delivering heroin, conspiring to sell or deliver heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Padgett had nine bindles, or doses, of heroin and sold them Sept. 22, 2015.

  • Internet assessment under way in county

    Brunswick County formed a task team of community representatives to assess the availability and demand for Internet service throughout the county in view of the growing importance of Internet service for business and for residential use

    A key element of the assessment effort is a community survey being conducted through March 18, according to a county news release.

  • South Brunswick Islands Center new precinct and partner in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Voters in the Shingletree 2 precinct 19 will be voting at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in the March 15 primary.

    Carolina Shores town commissioners have also approved a “memorandum of understanding” to partner with Brunswick Community College on future visioning for the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children

    A 64-year-old Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting two children, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Waylon Ronald Simmons, of Liberty Street, was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.

  • Pedestrian killed on U.S. 17 near Shallotte

    A Little River, S.C., woman was hit and killed by a car last Friday night while trying to cross U.S. 17.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said Virginia Hinson, 59, of Little River and previously of Bolivia died at the scene after being struck while trying to walk across the southbound lanes around 7 p.m. in the Feb. 5 incident.

    The incident occurred just north of the Four Mile Road/ U.S. 17 intersection south of Shallotte, White said.

  • OIB residents air concerns on fire training facility

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — An Ocean Isle Beach resident told town commissioners during the town’s first public forum of 2016 he and his family don’t want a fire training facility as their next door neighbor.

    Roberto's restaurant owner Dave Gundrum and his wife, Karen, live at 5839 Watts Road with their two children, Dave Jr. and Gracie.

    The town owns two lots adjacent to the Gundrums’ property to the west, which is also bordered to the north by the Ocean Ridge development and is a short distance from Ocean Isle Beach Park to the southwest.