Today's News

  • Volunteers provide Thanksgiving meals for more than 300 people

     SHALLOTTE — Many Brunswick County seniors weren’t able to leave their homes on Thanksgiving Day, but they were able to enjoy a plate of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more thanks to the generosity of local volunteers.

    More than 50 volunteers gathered at Shallotte Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning, Nov. 26, to prepare hot meals and deliver them to more than 300 seniors throughout the community through Meals on Wheels.

  • Local artists, shoppers enjoy holiday spirit on Black Friday

     SHALLOTTE — While many people battled Thanksgiving turkey hangovers Friday, others hit stores across Brunswick County looking for the best Black Friday deals.

    Some of those people were in for a treat if they came across a piece of artwork that was part of the area’s “Flood the Streets with Art” campaign, which has taken place in parts of the county for the last two years.

  • Primary, general election filings get under way

    BOLIVIA — Promptly at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Brunswick County District 5 Commissioner Frank Williams of Leland was the first local candidate in line for statewide primary and general election filings that kicked off at noon Dec. 1 and continues until noon Monday, Dec. 21.

    At 11:05 a.m., fellow Republican state Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island arrived to re-file as well for his District 17 House seat at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office for the March 15, 2016, races.

  • Grand jury indicts three accused of assaulting deputies

     A Superior Court grand jury on Nov. 16 indicted several people accused of assaulting law enforcement officers in Brunswick County.

    Shannon Leann Hale, 48, of River Road in Tabor City, was indicted on charges of felony cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon on government official.

    Hale was arrested in September after investigators said she fled from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Newman during a traffic stop, warrants show.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed Dollar General in Leland

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s assistance finding and identifying the man who robbed a Dollar General in Leland last week. No one was injured.

    The robber entered the store at 1758 Mount Misery Road on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a female clerk as she was removing it from the cash register to place in a safe, according to a news release. Two other employees were in the store at the time.

  • Remains found in Leland ID’d as missing Wilmington man

      Human remains found in a wooded Leland area in early November have been identified as those of a Wilmington man reported missing more than four years ago.

    According to a pathology report from East Carolina University, the remains found off Hooper Road “have been confirmed to be (those) of Al’Quon Flowers,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Wednesday, Nov. 25.

    No information about his possible cause of death was released.

  • Glad tidings: N.C. charity, nonprofit donations rebound with big increase

    For the first time in three years, the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office had some good news about charitable and nonprofit donations.

    The 2014-15 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities and nonprofits licensed by the state collected $56,572,661.75 during the 12-month period recorded.

    That amount far exceeds the 2013-14 total when North Carolinians only gave about $21.4 million using the same system of measures.

  • Oak Island woman faces drug charges

     An Oak Island woman faces a felony drug charge after her Nov. 24 arrest.

    Oak Island police arrested 31-year-old Emily Morgan Amos and charged her with felony possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Amos was in possession of more than 100 bags of heroin when she was arrested, warrants show.

    She is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail, jail records show.

  • Deputies arrest Shallotte man six years after alleged rape

     Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Shallotte man, who was wanted for six years in a sexual assault case, during a traffic stop Friday, Nov. 27.

    Noel Velasquez was 17 when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in November 2009 and charged with statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, warrants show. Detective Tina Edwards said he took the victim from her bus stop to his home without her parents’ permission over the course of two to three weeks.

  • Commissioner rips school board members, staff after bond referendum presentation

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners showed support for the school board’s request to include a $152 million bond referendum on next year’s election ballot, but not without harsh criticism from one commissioner. 

    Commissioner Marty Cooke repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Brunswick County Schools staff and its board of education during a joint meeting between the two boards inside the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 23.