Today's News

  • Tourism officials seek creative ways to keep visitors coming back to Brunswick County's beaches

    Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • In iffy economy, tourism groups target visitors looking for nearby trips

    With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts raise $3,000 for kids

    Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.

  • Gore receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor the service of the man Brunswick Community College president Stephen Greiner called “a true Brunswick County hero.”

    Dr. Joseph A. Gore was honored Tuesday afternoon with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in North Carolina by the governor. Gore was unable to be present at the ceremony due to medical reasons.

  • New county detention center completed, slated to open soon

    BOLIVIA—The newest extended stay facility in Brunswick County is ready to open.

    But it’s no hotel.

    The second phase of the Brunswick County Detention Center has been completed and is ready to house inmates.

    Capt. Kevin Holden, Brunswick County Detention Center chief jailer, said the 244-bed expansion project came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

    With additional beds, the two phases of the detention center can house 440 inmates, he said.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Geary Lynn Hill, 27, of 7400 Ocean Highway, Sunset Beach; charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, driving while impaired, exceeding posted speed, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

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


    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Christopher Michael Long, 33, of 1051 Stone Chimney Road, Supply; charged with driving while impaired, no insurance and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole three skimboards.

    •Burglary on Brunswick Avenue West; suspect damaged victim’s door casing.

  • Drug agents seize cocaine, money in search warrant

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested four suspects after executing a search warrant last Thursday.

    Agents seized 14 grams of cocaine and $1,904 from a home on Sunnybrook Way in Leland after a month-long investigation.

    The following individuals were charged:

  • Larcenies, credit card fraud in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a jewelry theft reported May 23.

    A diamond ring with five birthstones and a blue topaz ring were reported stolen from a home on Egret Drive.

    Credit card fraud was reported May 27. The victim said someone used his credit card without permission in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Other reported incidents included:

    •A license plate was reported stolen May 27 from a vehicle in a parking lot at 1601 Seaside Road.

    •10-mg hydrocodone tablets were reported stolen May 21 from Walgreens.