Today's News

  • Rescuer deserves (and gets) a bigger boat for heroic, life-saving effort

    Last year, Connelly Phelps “C.P.” Parker Jr. lost his boat and nearly his life when he ventured out into the ocean to rescue a drowning man off the coast near his home in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    This year, Parker, a superintendent with Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was awarded a national Carnegie Hero Medal for his brave Aug. 14, 2010, rescue of 59-year-old Rick Bennett of Charlotte. Bennett was being swept out to sea while trying to swim with friends across Hog Inlet.

  • New dog-walk area to be installed at county shelter

    BOLIVIA—It’s a done deal—soon the Brunswick County Animal Shelter will be getting a dog-walk and pet recreation area for use by volunteers and people interested in adopting a pet.

    Brunswick County Animal Services officials outlined details at a county environmental health board meeting Monday night.

    David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department, told the board the fenced area would be funded from a $3,000 donation previously given to the department.

  • Community Tea Party event and free barbecue Saturday in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A free community Tea Party and barbecue event will unfold Saturday, Nov. 19, at Beach Mart on the Holden Beach causeway.

    Lyn Holden, owner of the Beach Mart and event organizer, will host his fourth Tea Party event at the store this Saturday from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

    “We’re trying to get people out to vote and vote with an educated mind. This country needs some better direction. The country is headed in the wrong direction,” Holden said.

  • Elections canvass doesn’t change results of local races

    BOLIVIA—The results are in—again—and nothing has changed in the results of last week’s municipal elections.

    Sarah Knotts, deputy director of Brunswick County Board of Elections, said elections officials completed their required elections canvass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

    The now-certified elections results did not change as a result of the canvass, Knotts said.

  • Calabash Mayor-elect Mary Knight already getting to work

    CALABASH—Just a week after being elected mayor, Mary Knight is wasting no time.

    After being elected unopposed in Calabash’s Nov. 8 municipal races, at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, Knight was scheduled to meet with town staff about proposed plans to install new walkways in Calabash’s downtown business district.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, town clerk Kelley Southward and Knight “have been working very, very hard on this,” Knight said.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until December

    BOLIVIA—A special exception hearing for proposed expansion to the county’s construction and demolition landfill has been continued until next month.

    At their meeting Monday Nov. 14, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted to continue a quasi-judicial hearing for a special exception permit to expand the county’s construction and demolition landfill until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

  • Man killed in Leland house fire

    A Leland man was killed in a house fire Sunday night.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Garrett Winkler Jr., 51, died of smoke inhalation after his home caught fire Sunday, Nov. 13.

    Around 7:40 p.m. Nov. 13, one of Winkler’s neighbors called 911 to report a structure fire at Winkler’s home at 8060 Rachel Wynd, off U.S. 17 near Leland, Garner said.

    When firefighters from Winnabow, Leland, Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes arrived it was fully engulfed. Brunswick County EMS also responded.

  • Ash man killed in early morning wreck

    An Ash man was killed early Tuesday morning in a fatal single-vehicle wreck on Big Neck Road in Ash.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King said Gary Dewayne White, 44, of 3710 Big Beck Road, Ash, was killed just after midnight Tuesday, Nov. 14.

    King said White was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck north on Big Neck Road in Ash, about 2.9 miles west of Shallotte, around 12:08 am. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Leland man sentenced to federal prison

    A Leland man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for weapons and drug charges.

    Brunswick County assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Bradley Maurice James of Leland was sentenced to 10 years and three months in federal prison in U.S. District Court in Wilmington on Nov. 10.

    During a Brunswick County jury trial February 2010, James was convicted of possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, Thomas said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Burglary and larceny on North Ridge Drive in Supply; suspect entered victim’s home through a window and stole property, including jewelry, computer, flat-screen TV, iPod and digital camera.

    •Larceny and property damage on Stanley Road in Supply; suspect stole items and damaged victim’s property.