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Today's News

  • Fourth of July festivities ignite Brunswick County

    It starts with star-spangled concerts and festivities in Southport, then patriotic fever quickly permeates the rest of Brunswick County.

    Fourth of July events celebrating the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already under way and continue into the long holiday weekend.

    Here’s a closer look at local events.

    NC 4th of July Festival

  • House finance committee defeats Senate Bill 875 to de-annex Sunset Beach parcels

    Seven weeks after Senate Bill 875 was filed in Raleigh, a majority of the North Carolina House Finance Committee has voted against the controversial measure to de-annex three parcels in Sunset Beach.

    The 22-8 vote came Wednesday afternoon, June 29, in Raleigh, according to information posted on Facebook by Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts.

    Watts stated the bill could still come up in the General Assembly’s next session that launches next January, “so council will need to continue to speak with the parties involved over the coming months.”

  • Shallotte Middle teacher charged with drug trafficking

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 49-year-old Kelly Kiggins Hansen, on Wednesday, June 29.

    A warrant shows Hansen had more than four grams of opium and 4.3 grams of dihydrocodeine,  a semi-synthetic opium, with the intent to sell when she was arrested. Dihydrocodeine is included in schedule II of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of kidnapping

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is incarcerated on $1 million bail amid accusations he assaulted his wife, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner, and held her against her will.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged 45-year-old Richard Channing Joyner Jr., of Ocean Highway West, with second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show he was booked about 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, when the alleged crimes took place.

  • Scam Smarts Part I: Education, vigilance key to avoiding scams

    You’re at home, watching the latest game on your TV, when suddenly your landline rings. You pick it up, wondering if it’s a loved one giving you a call.

    It’s not.

    Instead, it is an excited voice telling you you’ve won a sweepstakes trip on a cruise. You feel the excitement bubble over to your side of the line. Then you pause, because there’s just one problem: You never entered a sweepstakes to win a cruise.

  • Scam Smarts Part II: Seniors main targets of Brunswick County scammers

    Recently, a 72-year-old Carolina Shores woman received some exciting news: She had just won the second prize in the Mega Millions lottery.

    There was just one problem: She hadn’t bought a lottery ticket.

    She became suspicious of the man calling from 408-2129 who told her she had won $1.5 million. The man, who claimed his name was David Whiteman, said all she had to do was go to customer service at Wal-Mart, wire $399 to Frank Carroll in Clinton for state and port taxes, and the money would be hers.

  • Brunswick County real estate market heats up

    The real estate market in Brunswick County continues to heat up, according to the most recent statistics released from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    With more than $84,000,000 in sales, May was the most active month to date for Brunswick County this year. Additionally, the number of units sold and average sales price were the highest for any month this year.

  • New provisions in motor vehicle laws take effect July 1

    Beginning Friday, July 1, five new motor vehicle provisions will become North Carolina law. The provisions, passed by the General Assembly, affect either vehicles or drivers in the state.

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • Legislature abolishes Brunswick County Coroner’s Office

    The General Assembly has abolished the Brunswick County Coroner’s Office.

    Members of the House voted late Tuesday afternoon, June 28, to pass Senate Bill 215, which state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport filed March 10, 2015. The Senate passed the bill Sept. 17.

    Legislative librarian Jane Basnight said because this is a local bill, it does not have to go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.