Today's News

  • Man faces murder charge in crash that killed race car driver

    A Brunswick County Grand Jury indicted a Shallotte man on a murder charge in a traffic collision that killed a local race car driver at Hickmans Crossroads last month.

    Twenty-five-year-old Cody Austin Kohler, 25, of Pigott Road SW, is accused of killing 36-year-old Terry Ivan Evans Jr. of Supply.

    Evans succumbed Aug. 2 to injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle crash at Hickman and Calabash roads.

  • Over the moon for solar eclipse: Community observes historic celestial phenomenon

    Depending on the weather and one’s strategic vantage point, Monday’s cross-country viewing of the total solar eclipse brought joy to many and disappointment for others.

    Locally, the unique viewing opportunity promised people who were stationed in Brunswick County a chance to see about 98 percent coverage of the moon’s shadow over the sun, with peak time at 2:48 p.m. for the Aug. 21 event.

    Brunswick County Early College High School students dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday in anticipation of the afternoon solar eclipse.

  • Calabash buys riverfront parcel

    CALABASH — Calabash commissioners have unanimously approved purchase of a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River for $288,616.71.

    The action to buy the property at 1358 Beach Drive, on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, came at a specially called meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Calabash Town Hall.

  • Community breaks ground for Matthew 25 Center

    TABOR CITY— Community members converged at 3899 Swamp Fox Highway W. on Sunday to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc.

    The facility will provide a temporary housing environment for families visiting loved ones at detention centers in Brunswick, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties and Horry County, S.C.

    The center was inspired by Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • Trial for accused rapist moved to New Hanover County

    The trial for a former Carolina Beach Police Department reserve officer facing charges in Brunswick County has been moved to New Hanover County, Brunswick County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage Darroch said.

    Joseph Adam Silva, 31, of Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach was charged April 8, 2016, with two counts of second-degree rape, sexual servitude and impersonating a law enforcement officer in incidents that happened sometime between Jan. 1 and 20, 2016.

  • WBHS alumna returns as principal

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    SHALLOTTE — In 1987, Rhonda Benton, then Rhonda Evans, graduated from West Brunswick High School.

    On the start of the first day of classes Aug. 28, she will officially return to her alma mater as its principal.

    Benton said she learned of the opportunity to take the position in June, when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb approached her it.

    She met her husband Joey when they were in high school together and her daughter is a 2016 graduate.

  • Clear the Shelters unites homeless pets with new owners

    SUPPLY — On a sweltering Saturday morning, a crowd gathered outside the Brunswick County Animal Shelter on Green Swamp Road waiting to adopt new pets.

    It was the nationwide Clear the Shelters event, held locally by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, when adoption fees were waived for the day Aug. 19 for its array of homeless dogs and cats.

    So many people showed up before the 10 a.m. event began, the shelter had to have a lottery to determine who the new owners for all available pets would be.

  • Supply man accused of exploiting disabled woman

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of exploiting a disabled older woman last year.

    Jermaine Thomas, 31, of Meadowlark Lane, is charged with exploitation of a disabled or elder adult, a felony.

    Warrants show Thomas defrauded a woman out of funds and property worth a total of $7,293.68 between Feb. 4, 2016, and June 9, 2016.

    Thomas, who was arrested Aug. 16, remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on stolen trailer

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen trailer.

    The trailer was taken from a residence in the Leland area between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14. A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post does not specify the neighborhood.

    The trailer is described as a 16-foot-long Down 2 Earth brand trailer with a winch and a battery box on the front.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mitchell McCaffity at 363-6555.

  • Former church clerk charged with embezzlement

    A former employee of a Sunset Beach church is charged with embezzlement, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Darcie Sheryl Kleino, of Fawnbrook Lane in Supply, fraudulently converted for her own use $14,584.33 from a food pantry fund at Seaside United Methodist Church from July 1, 2013, through Sept. 1, 2016.

    Kleino was a clerk and employee of the church, according to the warrant.

    Kleino was booked on the felony charge at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released July 19.