Today's News

  • Fire that killed four people ruled accidental

    The March 2 fire that killed four people and injured a fifth was caused by a heater that was left too close to combustible materials, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said in a news release Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker identified the victims as 23-year-old Melissa Kay Thatcher, who was four months pregnant, her 3-year-old son, Caleb Andrew Rankin, and her husband, 22-year-old Keith James Thatcher.

  • Trial date set for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     The trial for a man accused of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister will begin March 23, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage confirmed.

    Montey Andrea Murray has been incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since March 2012, awaiting trial in the February 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s son.

  • Sunset Beach hearing supports ban on pools, crossovers

    SUNSET BEACH — The town board of adjustment has unanimously determined swimming pools and individual dune crossovers are not permitted in the Palm Cove development on the east end of the island.

    The decision came following a day-long hearing Feb. 24, which was continued this past Monday, March 2, with attorney arguments and the board’s decision.

  • Sunset Beach to send letters about groin, wind farm

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved sending a letter expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach.

    Approval came with a 4-1 vote, with town councilman Wilson Sherrill casting a dissenting vote, at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting March 2.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed sending a letter to Braxton Davis, director of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.

  • Zoning, subdivision changes on Carolina Shores agenda March 5

    A public hearing on zoning map and subdivision text amendments is on the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly agenda for their March 5 meeting.

    The board will have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the zoning map for property on Calabash Road at the meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The board is scheduled to have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the subdivision process to allow for more board input, with a public hearing also scheduled for the March 5 meeting.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.

  • Fox bites woman in Leland neighborhood

    A Leland woman was treated for injuries Tuesday morning, March 3, after suffering a fox bite on her leg.

    The woman was walking with her child in a neighborhood off U.S. 74/76 and Old Fayetteville Road when they spotted the animal approaching, according to a Brunswick County news release.

    The woman quickly got the child out of harm’s way, but not before the fox bit her, Brunswick County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte woman claims $250K lottery ticket

    A Shallotte woman has claimed the $250,000 winning ticket for Sunday night’s All or Nothing drawing, which was sold at the Lowes Foods on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    “It’s just exciting,” Darlene Anuszewski said Tuesday afternoon at lottery headquarters, according to news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I never thought it would happen. But it did.”

  • Towns draw mixed lines on pending ETJ legislation

    Pending state legislation that proposes doing away with municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions in North Carolina could be good or bad, depending on which town you’re talking to.

    House Bill 51, filed by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Concord, on Feb. 4, would eliminate all existing and future municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas statewide effective Jan. 1, 2016, with former ETJ areas becoming subject to county ordinances and regulations.

  • Prom Closet to open doors for second year at SBHS

     While most prom nights aren’t scheduled until May, a South Brunswick High School math teacher is making sure Brunswick County girls are well dressed for the big night at no cost to the them.

    Cathy Johnson, a math teacher who also serves as the school’s faculty prom coordinator, is hosting the Prom Closet for the second consecutive year at South Brunswick High School. She and her prom committee will open the closet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13.