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Today's News

  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home Thursday night in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road on July 23.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • 72-year-old 'American Ninja Warrior' works out to win

    He’s a health nut. And a fitness buff. And a great-grandpa to 10.

    Lately, 72-year-old Chuck Mammay of Oak Island has also been mastering the ropes as a competitor on NBC TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” as well as the ones at Shallotte River Swamp Park.

    Life is apparently one big workout session for Mammay, whose days begin around 5 a.m.

    “I do 30 minutes of calisthentics,” he said.

    If it’s Monday, that means 400 push-ups and 800 crunches.

  • School board continues discussion on day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, officials have discussed the possibility of implementing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    Those discussions continued at the Brunswick County School Board’s operations committee meeting Tuesday, July 21, at the district’s administrative offices.

    At their regular meeting in early July, board members approved Bolivia Elementary School as a potential site for the program on the condition that staff explore other options throughout the community before Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Deputies find man wanted on domestic violence charge

    An Ash man sought by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies for the last week was arrested Tuesday, July 21, in Washington state.

    Deputies had been searching for 26-year-old Ryan Scott Ellis, of Lewis Street, for a week before he was detained in Skagit County, Wash., on Tuesday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Ellis was wanted in Brunswick County on charges of habitual misdemeanor assault and violation of a domestic violence protective order

  • Offshore oil drilling opponents ask county commissioners to reconsider resolution

    BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Board of Commissioners resolution advocating seismic surveys and offshore drilling development brought a host of opponents to Monday’s commission meeting.

    The resolution, passed July 6, said the board supports seismic surveying in the Atlantic Ocean to promote future offshore drilling efforts off the coast. It states there is a lack of demonstrated harm to marine mammal populations or coastal communities and effective mitigation measures used by the geological and geophysical industry protect individual animals.

  • Project Lazarus consultant confident in county’s ability to combat drug problem

     BOLIVIA — Anne Thomas has traveled across the Tar Heel State for the last five years as a consultant for communities trying to combat prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

    Thomas, who also works with Community Care of North Carolina, works with Project Lazarus for those seeking to establish the program in their communities.

    She has assisted the project’s Brunswick County Coalition since Project Lazarus founder Fred Brazon brought community leaders together last summer to address the prescription painkiller problem locally.

  • Leland opens new town hall for review, town meeting

    LELAND — Leland residents had their first chance to walk through the new town hall July 16 before a dedication ceremony prior to the monthly town meeting.

    Officials also christened the building by hosting the meeting in the new commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor.

    Visitors were able to walk through the completed, but unfurnished, two-story town hall, which includes administration offices and the meeting room in one wing along Town Hall Drive and the police department, whose wing runs along Old Fayetteville Road.

  • Supply man sought on felony charges turns self in

    A 19-year-old Supply man wanted on two felonies turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

    Zachary Sky Matthews of Green Pine Drive faces breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Matthews is accused of breaking into a home on Lewis Street, damaging  the home’s front door and door frame, and stealing a microwave oven and electronics worth $250, warrants show.

  • Sunset Beach mayor to advance promotions policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has been tasked with creating a promotions policy for the town to serve as a guideline for the local merchants association.

    Watts, speaking at town council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, July 21, said he would have something ready in time for council’s next monthly meeting Aug. 3.

  • County Attorney Huey Marshall to retire after drug citations

     Longtime Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, after he was cited on drug charges during a traffic checkpoint Wednesday, July 15, in Supply.

    Deputies were holding a license checking station at Stone Chimney and Turnpike roads at 7:30 p.m. when they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” from Marshall’s vehicle, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in an email to the Beacon.