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Today's News

  • Detectives seek Shallotte man considered armed and dangerous

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Shallotte man it considers armed and dangerous.

    James Ali Pugh, 38, of Green Pine Drive is sought on burglary, kidnapping and assault on a female charges, as well as a domestic violence order violation.

    Pugh is described as a 5-foot-8 black man weighing 160 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a pierced nose.

  • Northwest police officer dies of accidental gunshot wound

    A Northwest police officer died Friday night of an accidental gunshot wound.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives found 37-year-old Michael Morgan dead of an apparent gunshot wound after responding to a call dispatchers received about 5:30 p.m. regarding someone in cardiac arrest at 520 Maple Branches Drive in Belville.

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of most of its acute care facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply, until further notice because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus.

    Those 13 and older who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients being treated at Novant Health facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

  • Leland gang member charged in Saturday standoff

    Police arrested a Leland gang member following a standoff Saturday in Wilmington.

    Justin “Juddy” Oliver, 28, is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resisting or delaying arrest and second-degree trespassing. He is a validated member of the Bloods Gang, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

    Police responded about 6 a.m. to a call about a man with a gun an apartment at Houston Moore Terrace in the 1300 block of Greenfield Street. After they arrived, they heard two gunshots come from within the residence.

  • OIB OKs changes for more development

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began 2018 by approving plans for development on and off the island.

    Commissioners approved modifying the existing master land use plan for The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach development behind Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179).

    A change in the design of Section I of the development will decrease the previously approved number of lots from 213 to 202.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

  • Shallotte, developer head for mediation

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is preparing for mediation with its riverfront developer after reaching a contract impasse.

    Aldermen voted at their first meeting of the year Jan. 4 to notify Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, that the town was prepared to implement the mediation provision in its amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Swamp park gator video goes viral

    George Howard, general manager of Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, wants you to know the gators featured in the park’s video that went viral are perfectly fine.

    “These are not dead or dying alligators,” he said Tuesday as the videos and images of the park alligators sticking their snouts above the water and ice continued to make the rounds on social media. “This is very normal for them. They’re perfectly healthy.”

  • Pastor snowballs into ‘N.C. Green Swamp Weather Rock’ fame

    When snow and ice befell the region last week, church pastor Anthony Clemmons did his part to turn the deep-freeze into a new enterprise.

    The longtime pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia virtually went viral after unveiling his “North Carolina Green Swamp Weather Rock” on weather videos posted on Facebook.

    By the end of the week, Clemmons found new fame with his broadcasts that were picked up by a Wilmington TV station.

  • Snow and ice cause closings across county

    Last week’s snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures prompted postponements and closings across Brunswick County.

    Unofficial data from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington showed the entire county received ice that made road travel treacherous or impossible, with the area between Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes receiving at least two inches of snow and the Leland/Belville/Navassa area receiving as many as five inches of snow.