Today's News

  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.

  • Children's author visits with students at Supply Elementary

    Children’s author Michael Finklea says anything can be turned into a story.

    When visiting with students at Supply Elementary School Tuesday morning, Finklea and students created a story about what’s behind the walls and under the floor of the school. By using imagination and creativity, they created a colony of people who have lived under the school for hundreds of years.

    “Every single thing around you becomes a story,” Finklea told students.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Gene Franklin Jewell III, 38, of 202 Harbor View, Swansboro, with possession of cocaine, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged John Dennis Turner, 62, of 1716 Pelican Place, Shallotte, with driving while impaired. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Golf action

    Club 25 began its 2010 season with a tournament March 22 at the Founders Club at St. James Plantation. Elaine Pipino from Carolina National led the excitement of the day with a hole-in-one on the 97-yard 16th hole.

    The first flight was won by Barb Eckroth (The Legends) with an 83. She was followed by Mary Barclay (St. James). Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing) and Shari Hodson (The Lakes) tied for third. Barb Guhl (Pine Valley) finished fifth and Dianne Belair (Prestwick) sixth.

  • Veteran personally thanks students for Valentine

    ASH—Every year, students at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School make valentines for veterans, but it’s rare they ever hear back from recipients of those cards.

    On Tuesday, World War II veteran and Carolina Shores resident Hank Mattutat visited students to let them know just how much it meant to him to receive a Valentine’s Day card.

    “I was really touched,” Mattutat said with tears forming in his eyes. “And I’m not that kind of a guy.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Holden Beach police reports

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week:

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West on March 18.

    •Littering on Ocean Boulevard West on March 22.

    •Larceny and vandalism on Ocean Boulevard West on March 22.

    •Burglary and larceny on Brunswick Avenue on March 30.

    •Burglary and larceny on Ocean Boulevard East on March 30.

  • Brunswick County Teacher Assistant of the Year has helped Supply Elementary students for 15 years

    Karen Parker decided to make a certain second-grade student her buddy.

    The Supply Elementary School teacher assistant realized the child, who came from a disadvantaged home, was having behavioral issues at school and needed individualized attention.

    To be her buddy, the student was to listen to all teachers and do as he was told. In exchange, the student was allowed to help Parker with various classroom duties.

    “It didn’t take but just a few days, and he was my buddy,” Parker said.


    For the first time, the Brunswick County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has representation on the state level.

    Ronnie Robinson, of Supply, is serving as the state treasurer of the NAACP.

    “It started back several years ago after attending the various state conferences and going to the various meetings in the state concerning the NAACP,” Robinson said of his interest in having a state position.

  • Your Brunswick weekend entertainment guide

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these events happening in and around Brunswick County.

    Friday, March 26

    7 p.m. Bingo, Shallotte Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road (half-mile east of Wal-Mart.) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 754-4921.