Today's News

  • Leland man faces elder abuse, extortion charges

    A Leland man is accused of extortion and elder abuse.

    Robert Houston Field, 66, of Carolina Avenue was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with elder abuse and five counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Police received a report Aug. 21 and learned Field embezzled $49,620 and got an additional $8,975 fraudulently from an elderly citizen in the community between Feb. 1 and Aug. 30, according to a Leland police department news release.

  • Shallotte man charged in pursuit no longer faces extradition

    A Shallotte man accused of leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit into South Carolina no longer faces extradition to another state.

    According to a district court docket, Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed extradition for 23-year-old William Carmichael on Aug. 18 because there was no governor’s warrant for him.

    Carmichael was accused of refusing to pull over for law enforcement officers until he crossed into South Carolina on Feb. 14, 2016. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a governor’s warrant April 29, 2016.

  • Trailer used to feed homeless stolen, returned to Belville church

    About 9 a.m. Aug. 23, Scott Hennis, worship/community pastor with Crosswinds Church in Belville, noticed its trailer was missing.

    The trailer, which Hennis said is usually parked right next to the church, is used by members once or twice a month to help feed the homeless.

    Hennis said he discovered the lock that secured the trailer was cut in half in the parking lot.

  • Nonagenarian reflects on more than half a century at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— On May 28, Fred Mersbach Sr. of Columbia, S.C., celebrated becoming a nonagenarian.

    To commemorate his 90th birthday, he celebrated with family at a place that has been a second home for him for more than half of his life: His vacation home, Sandlapper, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Mersbach was born in Evanston, Ill. just outside of Chicago in 1927 before relocating with family to Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. In 1945, Mersbach decided he wanted to aid in what was unbeknownst to him the tail end of World War II.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: ‘Hi, I’m a journalist, I like to make a big deal about everything…’

    On Friday, Sept. 1, the Leland Police Department posted on its public official Facebook page about an incident when one of its officers parked in a handicapped spot in town without authorization to do so.

  • On Campus with BCC: Foundation celebrates 35 years of creating opportunities for students

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College has a long tradition of providing quality educational opportunities for its students. The opportunities available through curriculum and continuing education programs both on-line and in the classroom at BCC allow our students to contribute to the growth and development of Brunswick County. Graduates leave our campus ready to enter the workplace or pursue further education that will benefit them individually and the community collectively as many continue to live and work in the region.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we voted on new district maps for the N.C. House and Senate, we passed an environmental package including GenX provisions and we adjourned the August special session.

  • Disasters both near and far highlight constant needs

    Tragedies have dominated the news as summer draws to a close.

    We mourn Edward Michael Mylod and his teenage son, Casey Mylod, who died in a fire at their Oak Island home Aug. 24. We share collective dismay that the Coast Guard had to call off its search for Steve Chaney and David Hambrick, cousins who went missing Aug. 27 while fishing off the coast of Oak Island.

  • Settlement agreement outlines work deadlines for Jaguar’s Lair

    A bond litigation settlement agreement approved last month by Sunset Beach Town Council outlines infrastructure work dates for the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development that is part of The Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    A news release sent out by town clerk Lisa Anglin on Aug. 24 states the developer, CEO Mark Saunders of The Coastal Companies, is to “design, permit, construct and permit” required improvements for Jaguar’s Lair Section 2 lots starting March 30, 2018, with completion by Jan. 28, 2019.

  • Featured club of the week: Fire Department New York-Carolinas Retirees Association

    President: Bob Gustavson, 575-2238 or bogus@atmc.net

    Meets: at Calabash Fire Station, 892 Persimmon Road (contact group for specific meeting dates)

    Open to all FDNY members, retired or active

    Mailing address: P.O. Box 15589, Surfside Beach, SC 29587-5589; web: fdnycra.org; Facebook.fdnycra

    When it comes to community, the Fire Department New York-Carolinas Retirees Association is all in.