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Today's News

  • Appreciation effort needs some refining

    As we conclude our observances of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many of us feel a renewed sense of appreciation for first responders and other public safety personnel who routinely put themselves in harm’s way to spare the lives of others.

  • Accused BSL kidnapper, car thief extradited to Brunswick County

    A man accused of stealing a car Aug. 4 with a toddler in it in Boiling Spring Lakes has been extradited to Brunswick County.

    Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Brandon Miller was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility at 10:24 p.m. Sept. 7 from the Mecklenburg County Jail.

    Miller was originally arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Aug. 20 and charged with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of open container/containers of alcohol in a passenger area.

  • A most memorable Friday

    First this week, I want to thank Jim Moore for inviting me to speak at the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club meeting last Friday. If his name seems familiar, it’s because he often contributes spectacular photos to our sports section.

    Secondly, I want to thank the SBI Rotary members for listening to what I had to say. They’re a fun bunch — much more lively than I can be during a 7:30 a.m. meeting. I told them when Jim invited me to speak to them, I thought their meetings were at 7:30 at night. It drew a laugh, but I wasn’t kidding.

  • First sergeant reflects on late K9 partner’s life

    When 1st Sgt. Justin Brown first met Bruno in June 2008 at a kennel in Pender County, he noticed Bruno was the only German shepherd in the group sitting at attention.

    Brown knew then Bruno was the perfect K9 to serve by his side in the line of duty.

    “That was my deciding factor for me,” he said. “Just how he was standing there, sitting at attention, not barking, just showing ‘Hey, I’m ready.’”

  • Retired FDNY firefighter plants 343 flags to 'never forget'

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Fifteen years after terrorist-directed planes turned a balmy September day dark, retired FDNY firefighter Ralph Nicholes still chokes up.

    Standing in his red, white and blue yard in the Sunset Ridge community, Nicholes said the 343 American flags he placed there represent each of the FDNY firefighters and colleagues who perished in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York.

  • Fifth annual event seeks to ‘Ride Domestic Violence out of Town’

    On Saturday, Sept. 24, Hope Harbor Home’s Karmen Smith and Donna Varnum hope to make a lot of noise during the fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally, which will begin from Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 on the south side of Shallotte.

  • Fifth annual event seeks to ‘Ride Domestic Violence out of Town’

    On Saturday, Sept. 24, Hope Harbor Home’s Karmen Smith and Donna Varnum hope to make a lot of noise during the fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally, which will begin from Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 on the south side of Shallotte.

  • Two arrested in Calabash restaurant break-in

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men accused of breaking into a Calabash seafood restaurant Sept. 4. 

    Shay Gales, 24, of Holden Beach Road in Supply and Tyler Gales, 21, of Village Road in Shallotte were arrested Sept. 7 and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods/property, two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Man indicted in fatal chase that began in Brunswick County

    A new Hanover County Superior Court grand jury indicted a Liberty man Sept. 6 on charges stemming from a May 10 chase that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in Wilmington.

    Eduard Patrick, 27, was indicted on charges of felony second-degree murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest causing death, felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger.

  • Man charged in three-year break-in spree

    A Rocky Point man faces charges in four counties, including Brunswick, after a series of break-ins that began in 2013.

    Jimmie Willetts, 50, of By the Brook Lane, has been charged in Brunswick County with four felony counts of breaking and/or entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of felony safe cracking and misdemeanor injury to personal property. He also faces charges in Columbus, Pender and New Hanover counties.