Today's News

  • Duke Energy shows off Brunswick Nuclear Plant environmental safety measures

    SOUTHPORT — The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport has its own turtle patrol just like most Brunswick County beach towns.

    But the Duke Energy plant isn’t tracking turtle nests. It’s protecting turtles and other marine life from the intake that draws one million gallons of water per minute into the plant.

    For large animals like sea turtles that can find the nuclear plant’s 300 foot wide intake canal inviting, Duke Energy made an upgrade to a diversion structure, a type of sea gate, so turtles can’t swim through.

  • Calabash man accused of assaulting disabled woman in her home

    A Calabash man is accused of breaking into a disabled woman’s home and assaulting her last Friday.

    Michael David Consoli, 33, of Carolina Street was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree burglary and assault on a handicapped person.

    Warrants show Consoli broke into a home in the 8000 block of East Calabash Drive in Sunset Beach between 10 and 11 p.m. June 16, struck the woman in the chest with a painter’s stick and stole medication from the residence.

  • Leland man arrested after guns, cocaine, marijuana and $60K found

    Agents arrested a Leland man Monday after seizing 32 guns, about two pounds of cocaine, about 23 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash from his home.

  • Calabash eyes riverfront property purchase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have been going into closed session to look into the possibility of buying a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River.

    The parcel is on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, Town Administrator Chuck Nance said after the board went into closed sessions at their June 13 meeting and during a last-minute called “emergency” closed session to discuss the matter again last Thursday afternoon, June 15.

  • Moody’s affirms county’s general obligation bond rating at Aa2

    Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed both Brunswick County’s Aa2 general obligation bond rating and the county’s Aa3 rating on lease-backed debt, assigning the county a positive outlook.

    The ratings announcement from Moody’s notes Brunswick County’s “historically solid financial position” and “below average debt burden that will remain manageable despite significant borrowing plans,” as well as its “strong financial management.”

  • Shallotte man accused of child sex crimes

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing sex crimes against a child.

    Christopher Louis Maraquin, 26, of Evans Circle was arrested June 16 and charged with statutory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes happened Nov. 6, 2016, involving a child 15 or younger.

    Maraquin remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail.

  • County schools announce personnel changes, superintendent’s evaluation

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes effective July 1 and conducted Superintendent Les Tubb’s annual evaluation during a specially called meeting June 13.

    Rhonda Benton, district executive of elementary and middle grades, will transfer to West Brunswick High School where she will serve as principal.

    Brock Ahrens, principal at WBHS, will transfer to Leland Middle School where he will be co-principal with current principal Patricia Underwood.

  • Shallotte police seeking information on June 6 robbery

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Kangaroo Express on June 6.

    No one was injured during the crime, which happened at 2:49 a.m. at the gas station at 4528 Main St., Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    the clerk, who was restocking in the back, heard the door chime and came back up front, the man told the clerk to “turn around and everything will be fine,” before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, Holman said.

  • Tabor City man arrested on cocaine charges

    A Tabor City man is accused of maintaining a SUV for keeping and selling cocaine.

    Joseph Miller, 38, of Miller Road in Tabor City was arrested in Brunswick County on June 2 and charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Alligator captured on Bird Island

    Michael Rogers snapped this photo from a safe distance of a young alligator on the shore Wednesday, June 14, while he was walking on Bird Island. He said it was the first time he had ever seen an alligator on the island. He wrote, “The alligator was on the island about 1/4 mile east of the jetty. It sat on the beach for about 5 minutes, not moving, then turned around and headed back to the ocean.”