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Today's News

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business late Tuesday night and may be connected to two other cases in Horry County, S.C.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on Longwood Road

     A Longwood woman died after she was struck by a motorist on N.C. 904/Longwood Road on Thursday, Oct. 23.

    Legertha McFadden, 65, was walking on Longwood Road at 7:18 a.m. when she was hit by Matthew Gaskins’ tan 2005 GMC pickup truck, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Gaskins, a firefighter with the Sunset Beach Fire Department, never saw McFadden crossing the road, Chavis said.

    No charges will be filed, he said.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • Brunswick promotes from within, selects Perkins as new parks and rec director

    BOLIVIA — Aaron Perkins will lead the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, county administrators announced Monday.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said he was part of a three-person committee including County Manager Ann Hardy and Human Resources Director Scott Milligan to select the new parks and rec director after Jim Pryor left Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted a resignation letter Sept. 17. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

  • Shallotte standoff ends peacefully Monday night

    SHALLOTTE — A 90-minute standoff between a man who was threatening to kill himself and local law enforcement officers ended peacefully Monday night, Oct. 20, in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Police were dispatched to N.C. 130/Whiteville Road near the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement, beside First Bank, at 6:03 p.m. in response to a man with a knife, according to a Shallotte Police Department news release.

  • OIB board commits $250K to roundabout, if NCDOT pays $650K

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials voted Oct. 14 to continue looking into a roundabout for N.C. 179 intersection at Causeway Drive for the second time in three months.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended a town meeting in August to show commissioners a concept for replacing the intersection signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

  • No decision yet on proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase

     It’s still unclear whether Brunswick County residents will see a dramatic increase in homeowner’s insurance rates following a hearing Monday, Oct. 20, in Raleigh.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in January, and a public hearing — originally scheduled in August but postponed until Monday— was held in Raleigh.

  • Mega-kite flyer needs help for festival weekend

    Holden Beach’s kite king could use a few volunteers to help make sure the kites fly high over the North Carolina Festival By the Sea this weekend.

    John McEntire visited the Holden Beach town hall meeting Oct. 14 to spread the word that he could use some help Oct. 25 and 26, when he typically runs a number of kites into the air on the beach just across Ocean Boulevard from the Holden Beach pavilion.

  • Campbell students promote good health at Waccamaw

     ASH — Seventeen years ago, Kate Gore roamed the halls of Waccamaw School in Ash as a fifth-grade student. Now a 28-year-old assistant clinical coordinator at Campbell University, Gore was able to give back to current fifth-graders.

    Gore brought four graduate students from Campbell University’s physical therapy department to Waccamaw on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach students about the importance of healthy habits.

  • Warriors showered with patriotism in ride through Calabash, county

     CALABASH — Many times, the smallest gestures have the largest impact.

    As disabled veterans rode through Brunswick County communities on Friday, Oct. 17, they appreciated supporters waving American flags and shouting thanks as they lined the streets welcoming riders participating in the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride.

    Ronald Mayfield, who served in the Navy, said the public doesn’t realize how much its support means to the riders.