Today's News

  • Local Chevrolet dealers reward student for having perfect attendance

    Brett Burris was ecstatic upon news he was the owner of a brand-new 2010 Chevy Cobalt as part of the Chevy Drive for Perfection initiative taking place through parts of the Southeast.

    Local Chevy dealers awarded the prize to Burris at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside May 5.

    High school seniors from more than 29 schools in five counties, including Burris, were notified they would be eligible to win a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt if they attended all 180 days of the school year.

  • Rare nesting leatherback turtle visits Holden Beach

    Four college students on a midnight walk on Holden Beach Tuesday almost literally stumbled on a rare find—a nesting leatherback turtle.

    The leatherback is the largest sea turtle in the world, with Holden Beach Turtle Patrol officials estimating this one was 6 feet long and weighed 850 pounds. Officials believe this is the first live leatherback ever to nest on Holden Beach.

    Leatherbacks are on the critically endangered species list. They have been on the endangered species list since 1970.

  • Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith reprimanded for six-year-old incident

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission recently reprimanded Sloane Realty and Debbie Smith, broker-in-charge, for incidents that occurred nearly six years ago.

    Consent orders were issued against Sloane Realty and Smith, who serves as the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, during December 2009.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

  • A little southern hospitality confirms the best things in life really are free

    “Everyone is so friendly here,” my mom said to me last week during her weeklong getaway from the Midwest.

    She had come to visit for the week while I was performing in “Cycles: The Songs of a Lifetime,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s (BLT) annual free performance in Franklin Square Park.

    My mom has always been my biggest fan and has been to just about every dance recital, choir concert, play, musical and all similar performances since I can remember.

  • UNCG iSchool helps students earn free college credits

    West Brunswick High School senior Shanae Frink will soon graduate with a high school diploma—and 21 credit hours from University of North Carolina Greensboro.

    Through the UNCG iSchool, high school juniors and seniors can take online courses from UNCG, interact with college professors and other students and earn transferable college credits at no cost.

  • 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.

  • Leland man arrested for stabbing girlfriend

    LELAND—A Leland man was arrested last week after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend with a pair of scissors.

    According to an arrest report, Kevin Phillip Schumacher, 45, of 8760 Body Shop Drive, Leland, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female on May 29.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Schumacher was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he remains under no bond.

  • Sheriff’s detectives searching for missing Supply man

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man missing from Supply.

    Tracy Paul Whalen, 49, was reported missing Sunday, May 30, and has been missing for about a week, Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s office spokesperson, said.

    Stanley said it was unusual for Whalen to be away from his home for such a long time. No foul play is suspected in the case.

    Whalen is a white male. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. He has blue eyes and blond hair, and has a tattoo of a wolf on his left arm.

  • Memorial service Sunday for victim of fatal crash

    There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holden Beach for the victim of Thursday's fatal wreck on N.C. 211.

    The memorial service will be at the corner of Ferry Street and Ocean Boulevard East.

    Stephanie Heath, a 23-year-old Brunswick Community College student was killed Thursday afternoon after another car crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the other vehicle is suspected to have been using drugs.