Today's News

  • Man's death considered a homicide

    What began as a missing person investigation is now a homicide investigation.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office homicide/major crimes unit is investigating the homicide of Adam Bradshaw, a 34-year-old Shallotte real estate agent who was first reported missing April 26.

    Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, sheriff’s deputies found Bradshaw’s body off Watts Road near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bradshaw was shot once, chief deputy John Ingram said, but would not say where he was shot.

  • Controversial boat trailer laws may be changed when legislature convenes

    Stories of patrolmen pulling over recreational fishermen for pulling their boats on Sundays, after dark and on holidays have been making the rounds in North Carolina for the past year, sparking complaints sport fishermen may avoid the state altogether.

    The N.C. Board of Transportation, the N.C. General Assembly, local fishermen and town officials want state laws regarding trailers amended to keep it from happening again.

  • Commissioners boast full roster, appoint chair and vice-chair

    BOLIVIA—And then there were five.

    County commissioners on Monday appointed their newest member to the board—Marty Cooke.

    Cooke was selected by the Brunswick County Republican Party Executive Committee last month to serve as county commissioner until the first meeting in December; and to appear on the ballot on Election Day this November.

    The seat was vacated April 4 with the death of longtime county commissioner and past chairman David Sandifer.

  • Women's Bar Association begins volunteer work

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—They weren’t exactly in their element, wielding hammers and saws and measuring vinyl siding, but seven members of the Brunswick County Women’s Bar Association were proud to be on site at the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house last week.

    Group members gathered at the construction site on Dixon Street, the county-sponsored Habitat project, on May 1 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Law Day.”

  • Dems to vote for sheriff Saturday

    The race for the next sheriff is drawing to a close. Ten candidates have expressed interest in the job, but any Democrat who meets the criteria could still pull a last-minute upset Saturday.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee and other eligible voters, totaling at least 105, will cast their votes for a nominee for sheriff at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway, Supply.

  • Cooke appointed new county commissioner

    Marty Cooke wears many hats—businessman, husband, father, community and political activist.

    On Monday, the 51-year-old father of four officially donned his newest hat as a county commissioner.

    As his wife Catherine and their children—Katie, 16; Mary Lou, 13; John, 9; and Annabelle, 7—looked on, Cooke took his oath of office as county commissioner at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

  • Strong voter turnout reported Tuesday

    Voter turnout in Brunswick County was good for a primary election, said Greg Bellamy, Brunswick County’s director of elections.

    The unofficial tally Tuesday night showed a turnout of 23,573 voters or 33.6 percent of the county’s 70,139 registered voters.

    Of that number, 16,808 voted in the Democratic primary, 6,690 in the Republican primary and 62 posted nonpartisan ballots.

    Bellamy said the fact it was a presidential primary probably drew more voters.

    “You had more candidates at the national, state and local level,” he said.

  • Ground broken for nursing center in Shallotte

    A group gathered on Old Ocean Highway Sunday afternoon to break ground on a new skilled rehab and nursing center.

    Don Beaver, owner, Carol Prater-Webb, vice-president of operations; Vickie Carroll-Beaver, COO; Rep. Dewey Hill, project manager Joe Civitarese and western regional director of operations Alan Beaver broke ground on the new facility.

    Other company officials on site were Maria Yane, regional clinical nurse consultant, Terri Gibson, corporate director of marketing, architect David Polston and Becky Gibbons, CFO.

  • Calabash American Legion Post plans Memorial Day activities

    In observance of Memorial Day, Nocha White American Legion Post 503 in Calabash has planned the following programs that all veterans and the general public are encouraged to attend:

    Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in Shallotte at the National Guard Armory on Main Street: Local and county officials, military organizations, veterans groups and the JROTC Color Guard from West Brunswick High School will participate.

  • Town opts for reduced contribution to fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—After lengthy debate, town commissioners decided at a budget workshop Monday to reduce an initially proposed contribution to the Calabash Fire Department.

    The initial proposal was for $37,000, plus $3,000 from town fire fees.

    But when a consensus was taken, commissioners John Russo, Joseph Przywara and Tom Puls said they would not favor the proposed $37,000, which commissioner Gere Dale said represents half the federal SAFER grant awarded to the fire department to hire four fulltime firefighters.