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Today's News

  • UPDATE: Additional bank robber photos released

    The Shallotte Police Department has been able to secure additional images of the suspect in Wednesday's bank robbery. The search for the subject is ongoing.

    At 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, a male suspect robbed First Community Bank at 4949 Main St. in Shallotte after handing a teller a note at the counter. He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered a wooded area.

  • Rotary Club second Chilled & Grilled Celebration set for Sept. 18 @ BCC

    Get ready to get chilled and grilled this Thursday night.

    That’s the name of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club’s second annual Chilled & Grilled Food and Wine Celebration set for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    Come enjoy food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants, beverage distributors and wineries.

    Admission is $5 at the door.

  • Authorities search for alleged bank robber

    Local law enforcement is responding to a bank robbery reported Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    According to police, a male suspect robbed First Community Bank at 4949 Main St. at 2:18 p.m.

    The suspect is described as a white male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt with a white undershirt. The suspect is described as 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds. 

  • UPDATE: Former Leland officer nabbed in high-speed chase

    Felony charges for attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement officer have been logged against a former Leland police lieutenant captured by local law enforcement following a high-speed chase involving gunfire Tuesday night, Sept. 16, in Brunswick and Horry, S.C., counties.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies were attempting to serve warrants on former Leland police Lt. Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply at around 8:30 p.m. when Smith fled from deputies and a chase ensued.

  • Student faces charges in weekend crash that killed schoolmate, injured six others

    By Sam Hickman

    and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    A West Brunswick High School student faces charges in a weekend crash that killed one of his schoolmates and injured six others.

    Joshua Coleman, 17, of Supply will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and violations of a graduated license, which include driving after 9 p.m. without a supervising driver and exceeding passenger limit, District Attorney’s Office administrative assistant Michelle Ingram confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 16.

  • Attorneys: School board members owe district $1,920 each

    Each of the five Brunswick County Board of Education members must repay Brunswick County Schools for raises they received unlawfully in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

    Board members unlawfully approved raises for themselves as part of the 2015 district budget they approved at special called Aug. 28 meeting. Those raises were voided almost two weeks later after board attorney Rick Green and Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall determined the sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • Gone, but never forgotten: Brunswick County honors heroes

     SUPPLY — Never forget — That’s the message retired firefighters sent to a patriotic crowd at Brunswick Community College on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 American civilians, including 343 New York City firefighters.

    For the 11th consecutive year, a memorial service was held on the BCC campus by the Carolinas Retirees Association of the Fire Department of New York after a motorcade left South Carolina.

  • Sunset Beach attorney resigns, takes new job with Ocean Isle Beach

    After more than 30 years providing legal guidance for the town of Sunset Beach, town attorney Michael Isenberg has resigned, only to take a new job with the neighboring town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Isenberg said this week he did not resign from Sunset Beach in order to accept the new job with Ocean Isle Beach. He said he had already decided to resign.

    “As you know, there are a lot of hot-button issues” such as Jaguar’s Lair going on in Sunset Beach, Isenberg wrote in an email Tuesday, Sept. 16, to the Beacon.

  • Police ask for help locating alligator killer

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person who killed a 9-foot alligator last week.

    It’s unclear when the “intentional killing” near Big Lake on Alton Lennon Road took place, but authorities were told about the dead alligator Sept. 10, Boiling Spring Lakes Chief Brad Shirley wrote in a news release.

  • Brief SBHS lockdown lifted

     South Brunswick High School returned to its regular schedule after a brief lockdown Monday afternoon, Sept. 15.

    The school went into lockdown when the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person in the woods near the school, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Students saw a person in the woods with something in their hand that they could be a gun and reported it to the (school resource officer),” Flax said. “It turned out to be two kids skipping class.”