Today's News

  • Four face heroin charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested four people on heroin charges in separate cases.

    Adrian Varnam, 34, and Brandon Paul Varnam, 35, both of Stone Chimney Road in Supply, were arrested Sept. 22 and each charged with possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show the two had heroin and a wax bag in their possession Sept. 22. Their relationship was not given.

    Both were released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail, Brandon Varnam on Sept. 22 and Adrian Varnam on Sept. 25.

  • Woman charged in scam targeting Sunset Beach resident

    A Brooklyn, N.Y., woman is accused of posing as a lottery official to extort money from a Sunset Beach resident.

    Nimota Ajoke Ganiu, 55, of Clarkson Avenue was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with feloniously accessing computers, obtaining property by false pretense, and four counts each of exploitation of a disabled/elderly trust and conspiracy. 

  • Two face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two people Sept. 22 on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Kathryn Elizabeth Ann Tharpe, 27, of Boatworks Drive SW in Calabash was charged with possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Tharpe had an unspecified amount of cocaine and a metal smoking pipe the day of her arrest.

    Tharpe was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Sept. 27 on $5,000 bail.

  • Warrants: Leland woman sold residence that didn’t belong to her

    A Leland woman is accused of selling a residence that didn’t belong to her.

    Mildred Little Canady, aka Mildred L. Miller and Mildred Yelverton, 60, was charged with residential mortgage fraud, conversion and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • Ash man accused of stealing pickup in Whiteville

    An Ash man is accused of stealing a pickup in Whiteville early last month.

    Warrants show Chandler Cain Brock, 23, of Mosquito Hill Road was arrested Sept. 27 and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

    Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Tatum said Brock stole a 1994 Ford F150 from a home in the 13000 block of Swamp Fox Highway East on Sept. 8, then traded it for another vehicle at Buck’s Auto Sales and Used Parts at 14074 Swamp Fox Highway E. in Tabor City.

  • Early College High School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

    BOLIVIA — The U.S. Department of Education has named Brunswick County Early College High School as one of the state’s two 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    Shallotte Middle School was the first in the county to receive the honor, for the 1999-2000 school year, followed by Waccamaw School for the 2000-01 school year.

    The other North Carolina high school recognized this year is Highland School of Technology in Gastonia.

  • North Brunswick Kiwanis Club hosts 5th annual Juice, Jazz & Java gala Oct. 7

    The North Brunswick Kiwanis Club will host its fifth annual Juice, Jazz and Java gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

    A raffle will offer a variety of grand prizes provided by local establishments, including an overnight stay in a luxurious suite with dinner for two at City Club in Wilmington; his and her Cruise bicycles; a three-hour environmental nature cruise by Anomaly Charters of Southport for six people; a Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Tours & Membership package; and a theater package to Thalian Hall.

  • Coastal Harmonizers


    President: Dick Geiger

    Vice president, new membership: Bob Patey

    Vice president, publicity: Bill Meiners

    Treasurer: Rick Banchanski

    Secretary: Jim Berry

    Sargent at arms: Ray Clemen

    Music director: Barbara Berry

    Music selection: Bill Clegg

    Past president: Barry Zimmerman


    6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Brunswick Center at Shallotte senior center, 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte


  • OIB candidates answer residents’ questions at forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — All four candidates for two Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioner seats up for election Nov. 7 participated in a Sept. 27 forum at town hall.

    Mayor Debbie Smith, who is running unopposed for re-election, also attended to answer questions from constituents.

    Caroline Blythe was appointed to serve out the term David Grantham vacated in April 2016. She said she is running to keep the town financially sound, to protect the beach, continue canal improvements and support police and fire departments.

  • Belville begins negotiations for development at park

    Belville commissioners authorized Sept. 25 the creation of a work group to begin negotiations with a potential client to build a restaurant at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the working group will include town planner John Allen, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge and commissioner Joe Breault to work with Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co.

    In August 2016, the board agreed unanimously to approve a listing agreement with Maus, Warwick Matthews & Co. to pursue tenants for the restaurant and retail space in the park.