Today's News

  • Soles introduces bill to split 13th Prosecutorial District

    Lame duck state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, isn’t letting his waning months in the state Senate prevent him from introducing controversial legislation in the Senate—even if it’s a “non-controversial” short session.

    On Thursday, May 20, Soles introduced Senate Bill 1340, which divides the 13th Prosecutorial District into District 13A—Bladen and Columbus counties—and 13B—Brunswick County.

  • Soles, Gore sound off on bill to amend DA’s pension

    Outgoing district attorney Rex Gore said he asked State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, to amend the effective date of a bill Soles introduced in the state Senate, which, in its original language, would allow Gore to retire with full benefits.

    Senate Bill 1341, introduced by Soles last week, and amended May 24, aims to amend the judicial retirement system.

    Soles said it was Gore that brought to his attention the need to amend the judicial retirement system but said he did not introduce the bill to benefit Gore or anyone else.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for vehicle pursuit suspect

    SHALLOTTE—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for as suspect who remains at large after a vehicular pursuit last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s detectives are searching for Randy Lane Magaraci Jr., 21, of Pilot Mountain.

    Around 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, Magaraci was involved in a vehicular pursuit in Shallotte before he leaped from his vehicle and fled on foot.

  • Jury selection for Oak Island murder trial under way

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection for the first-degree murder trial of Joshua Caudill began Tuesday afternoon.

    District attorney Rex Gore said Tuesday jury selection was under way and opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.

    Caudill, 21, is on trial for the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.

  • Judge grants injunction orders on establishments raided in prostitution stings

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock has issued injunction orders on two establishments raided in prostitution stings in April.

    On May 17, Lock granted the county a preliminary injunction for Sun Day Spa on Longwood Road and a consent permanent injunction order on Playmates Exotic Dancing on U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores.

    On April 1, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit raided Sun Day Spa and Playmates Exotic Dancing. Two women were arrested at Sun Day Spa, and three women were arrested at Playmates.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

     The Beachcombers played at Lion’s Paw and Charlie Shore had the low gross, 84, and the low net, 67. Team (one low net on par-5s, two low nets on par-4s and three low nets on par-3s): Reggie Auten, Ed Kinney, Stu Cleveland and Bob Smith at 18-under. Golfer of the week was Charlie Shore.


  • To play your best game, learn the rules of golf before heading to the course

     Golf is a game of both honor and intrigue. The golfer does not actually play against other golfers. The player plays against the course. 

    Yes, there are group and team competitions, but the essential game of golf is played by one person and the competition is not the other golfers but the course. 

    Golf is simple. The lowest score played against the course wins.  

  • Inshore fishing remains strong; redfish, flounder biting

     Inshore fishing has remained strong, although the fish are moving around a lot now with the water temperatures rising toward summer, so some spots will be vacant on one tide and provide good fishing on the next. 

    The biggest news is strong inshore redfish and flounder fishing along with good catches of Spanish mackerel and occasional king mackerel for folks plugging the piers.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug enforcement roundup

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged the following suspects last week, which are taken from a sheriff’s office press release:

    •James Michael Haag, 25, of 472 Retha Drive, Shallotte; charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, three counts of felony possession of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, three counts of sell/deliver marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects, which are taken from police incident reports, citations and arrest reports.

    •Credit card/ATM fraud on Brunswick Avenue West on May 14.

    •Simple assault at the Paradise Café on May 16.

    •Credit card fraud on Holden Beach Road in Supply on May 21.

    •Roxanne Marie Moore, 21, of 831 Summit Ave., Reidsville, was cited for possessing an open container of alcohol in a passenger area of a motor vehicle.