Today's News

  • Jailer placed on administrative leave a day after inmate escape

     BOLIVIA — A corporal with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been placed on administrative leave a day after an inmate escaped from the county’s jail.

    Ashley Nicole Harrell, a jailer at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since February 2014, was placed on paid administrative leave almost 24 hours after William Earl Hewett of Southport escaped, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • 73-year-old Shallotte woman charged in apparent animal hoarding

    Animal control officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services assisted the Shallotte Police Department Wednesday afternoon with the rescue of 27 animals from an apparent hoarding situation.

    Twelve dogs and 15 cats were surrendered without incident to BCSAPS at a home on Pine Street in Shallotte.

    The animals were found in inhumane conditions, many of them in feces-filled cages. Most were covered with matted fur and in need of grooming. Several of the animals were sick and in need of veterinary care.

  • UPDATE: Deputies locate Southport man reported missing

    Deputies have found a Southport man who was reported missing.

    Phillip Mark Helms was found safe Friday, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

    Helms was last seen at his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

  • County releases closed session minutes from Holden Beach parkland purchase

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has released closed session minutes from county commissioners’ discussions on the purchase of three parcels along the Intracoastal Waterway for a nature park near Holden Beach.

    The property totals nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The county bought the undeveloped property Dec. 17, 2014, from Sweetwater Investments LLC using county reserves.

  • Leland woman faces drug trafficking charges

    A Leland woman faces several drug charges after her arrest Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 61-year-old Dorothy Ann Jefferson and charged her with eight drug-related crimes, including trafficking opium or heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • With only ‘one chance at life,’ BCC student shines

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College sophomore Drake Harper has leaped over obstacles his entire life. A car crash that nearly took his life would be no different.

    After enrolling at BCC during the fall of 2013, Harper quickly adjusted to college life and found his niche on campus when he was elected student government president. Despite some early struggles socially, his life turned upside down on a rain-soaked highway near Whiteville on Jan. 11, 2014.

  • Detectives seek Supply man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a 61-year-old Supply man last seen Nov. 25, 2014.

    Peter Malcolm Dickinson, of Empire Road, is described as a 5-foot-4 white man weighing about 150 pounds, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday night.

    Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 880-4878 or call 911.

  • OIB museum contributor Hayden O'Neil dies

    Locally renowned Ocean Isle Beach businessman and museum board member Hayden O’Neil died Monday, Jan. 26, following a brief illness.

    O’Neil, 86, was noted for his contributions to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, where he was chairman emeritus of the board, and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. He was also the longtime owner of Brunswick Business Center in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Mastodon tooth found off coast donated to museum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was an ordinary day for the Rev. Jim Taylor and his wife Alpha, or so they thought.

    Last spring, the Shallotte couple were fishing in the surf down toward the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, savoring another opportunity to spend time at the beach together — “just goofing off,” Taylor said.

    “I was out in the surf, and (Alpha) was down the beach a ways,” he recalled, when he felt something hit his foot.

  • Building activity energizes Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Signs of revived building activity are dotting the landscape in Carolina Shores.

    At a Jan. 21 town planning board workshop, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said it has been a busy inspection season. The town is also looking to hire an additional building inspector, he said.