Today's News

  • Gores take love of dance to the stage for 'Stars' fundraiser

    When it comes to social dancing, Ed and Dinah Gore are each other’s favorite partners, but when it comes to Brunswick Community Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars fundraiser, Dinah says she and her professional partner Paul McTaggart are the ones to watch.

    “We have fun with it, but I’m pulling for Dinah,” Ed said. “I’m not trying to win; I’m trying to do a good job.”

    Dinah made it clear—she’s trying to win, and she has no problem asking Ed to help.

  • Holden/Sunset beach police reports

    Holden Beach and Sunset Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    All information is taken directly from incident logs and citations.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole victim’s concrete stepping stones.

    •Larceny at the Winding River Clubhouse beach access; suspect stole victim’s Trek mountain bike.

    •Vandalism on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect damaged light bulbs and safety latches for gates.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on McMilly Road in Shallotte; suspect removed speakers from victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Lanvale Road in Leland; suspect took victim’s vehicle without permission.

    •Larceny on Maple Road NW in Ash; suspect took items off victim’s trailer.

    •Vandalism on Settlers Way in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect broke victim’s yard light.

  • Drug court to begin July 17

    Beginning July 17, Brunswick County will have the first night court in southeastern North Carolina.

    Twice a month, from 5-6:30 p.m., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis will oversee Brunswick County’s drug court.

    For a defendant to be eligible for drug court, which is a felony drug court, not a first offender drug court, they must be eligible for an intermediate sentencing.

    Intermediate sentencing means prison and probation.

  • Shallotte police report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.

    All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police arrested Phillip Warren Riley, 44, of Hall Street, Shallotte, on charges of defrauding the innkeeper after leaving Chili’s without paying for alcohol he consumed.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of money at Bojangles; suspect took $3,100 out of the safe.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week.

    The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Rodney Troy Williams, 39, of 2510 Maco Road, Leland; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Melissa Dawn Todd, 23, of 2510 Maco Road, Leland; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Frink murderer to be paroled

    In September 1999, John Paul Counts was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering an 18-year-old Shallotte woman in 1994.

    But on Friday, July 11, after serving less than nine years of his prison sentence, Counts is scheduled to be paroled.

    Counts, 40, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Amy Frink, and began his sentence in the N.C. Department of Correction on Sept. 14, 1999.

    On June 23, 1994, Amy Frink was driving from her home near Shallotte to Cherry Grove, S.C., to visit her sister, but never made it there.

  • Brunswick County Schools journey to equality

    “Mama, I’m gonna be a Martin Luther King. All the other children are afraid to go to Shallotte High School, but I’m gonna go, Mama. I’m gonna go to that school.”

    Barbara Hewett remembers these historic words her son Reginald spoke more than 40 years ago when he decided to be one of the first black students in the county to integrate at Shallotte High School.

  • Gilbert back in board of education race

    Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert may have lost his seat during the primary election in May, but his name will still appear on the ballot for November’s general election.

    Gilbert filed to run for the board as the Libertarian candidate on July 1.

    “After much thought and consideration of options on how to continue to work toward a sound education for all students, I decided to continue as a Libertarian candidate for the Brunswick County Board of Education,” Gilbert said in a statement.

  • New Holden Beach town hall / police station 40 percent complete

    Holden Beach's new town hall/police department is on schedule and 40 percent complete, architect Jim Stewart said in an interview Tuesday night after he updated Holden Beach Commissioners.

    The $4 million building—triple the size of the previous structure—is scheduled to be completed in January 2009.

    Stewart told commissioners during their regularly schedule meeting Tuesday night in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall that construction workers will have all the upper trusses in place by the end of this week.