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Today's News

  • Missing boater remembered as ‘great guy’ whose passion was fishing

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Thomas “Andy” Richmond was taking advantage of his retirement here by pursuing his lifelong passion of fishing.

    Unfortunately, Richmond never returned from his last solo fishing trip. On July 1, his unmanned 28-foot boat Heads or Tails was found washed up on the shore of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with its engines running at about 11:20 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard officials learned he had been reported missing in North Carolina several hours earlier.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Ocean Highway in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s windows.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle on Camelia Drive in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Dolphin Shores; suspect stole victim’s forklift.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From July 5-11, K-9 deputies answered 18 calls, wrote 10 citations and made 15 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Lakewood Estates, Brunswick Forest, Southport and Sunset Harbor.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • National Flood Insurance Extension Act passes in U.S. Senate

    Members of the U.S. Senate on June 30 passed H.R. 5569, the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010. On July 2, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program was not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, were unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimated the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program stalled about 1,200 real estate closings each day.

  • Churches undergo renovations, topped with steeples

    Two Shallotte churches have “topped” off their renovations with brand new steeples in recent days. Members have been working to expand and rebuild to serve their growing populations.

    At Unity Worship Center, a small church with a membership of about 50 on Holden Beach Road, congregant Bobby Batson made a steeple just for the church. On Monday, he and other supporters placed it atop the 100-year-old building as church members and the Rev. Tom Stephenson looked on and cheered.

  • State House upholds Senate ban on Internet sweepstakes; some business owners say it’s bad for the economy

    They’ve been springing up on nearly every corner in Brunswick County for the past couple of years, but as of Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes businesses may be out of business.

    On Wednesday, July 7, the N.C. House of Representatives voted 86-27 to approve the Senate’s ban on Internet sweepstakes establishments. The ban will go into effect Dec. 1.

    Business owners like Scott Buff of Oak Island, who owns four Internet Café and Sweepstakes locations, three in Brunswick County and one in Columbus County, aren’t happy about it.

  • Shrine club building damaged in Sunday fire

    A shortage in air conditioner wiring caused a fire that destroyed part of the Brunswick County Shrine Club in Bolivia Sunday morning. No one was injured.

    Donna Caton, whose husband James is the Shrine Club president, said the club was being rented for an event, and someone attending the event noticed the smoke and called the fire department.

  • Two arrested for Lakewood Estates break-ins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two suspects were arrested Saturday, July 10, for allegedly breaking into a Lakewood Estates home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said around 2 p.m. Saturday, a neighbor called to report a suspicious vehicle behind a home at 5434 Lakewood Drive. The homeowners were out of the state, Stanley said.

    When deputies arrived at the Lakewood Drive home, Cpl. Ray Coarsey saw two suspects inside the residence.

  • Coca-Cola moving Wilmington distribution center to Leland

    Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is moving its regional distribution center in Wilmington to the Leland Industrial Park by the end of the year, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) has announced.

    The company has agreed to purchase the 80,000-square-foot former MarKraft building in the industrial park and invest more than $2 million in the project, EDC director Jim Bradshaw said.

  • Supply man arrested for rape

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a suspect for second-degree rape and kidnapping.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said Milton Perry Lewis, 26, of 1366 Glen Road, Supply, was arrested Monday, July 12.

    Lewis was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and kidnapping for an incident that occurred Friday, July 9.

    Lewis was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he remains under a $100,000 secured bond.