Today's News

  • Winnabow plane crash kills Florida man

    A Florida man died after his aircraft crashed in Winnabow on Friday, June 10.

    Daniel Simard, 57, of New Smyrna Beach took off in an M18 single-occupant fertilizer plane from the Bear Pen landing strip in the Green Swamp area at 8:50 a.m. with roughly 45 minutes of fuel after takeoff, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

    Simard was a contractor for a landowner in the area, Highsmith said.

  • Marshals arrest man wanted on attempted murder charge

    The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in Louisiana on an attempted murder charge was arrested in Shallotte on Thursday, June 9.

    Marshals found 26-year-old Nashon Ismael Brooks at a home on Country Club Road while serving an arrest warrant on 25-year-old Jaquin Kymane Bethea Jr., who was wanted on a probation violation.

  • Ash man accused of killing ex-girlfriend to see judge June 30 on unrelated charge

    BOLIVIA — An Ash man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend did not appear in front of a Brunswick County judge Friday, June 10, as originally scheduled.

    Chris Kalb, 24, of Ash-Little River Road is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Shannon DiTillio. His original extradition hearing was set for Thursday, May 12, but was moved to June 10 after his lawyer, Mike Ramos, had to be in Sampson County and asked bailiffs not to bring Kalb to court, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Brunswick Catch bids farewell to co-chairwoman Varnam

    HOLDEN BEACH — In late 2008 a group of people passionate about the preservation and promotion of Brunswick County’s local fishing industry came together to form Brunswick Catch.

    On June 8, Brunswick Catch members came together at Main Street Grill in Holden Beach for their annual meeting and to bid farewell to Jackie Varnam, who stepped down as their co-chairwoman.

  • Detectives to host scam awareness meeting June 20

    With communication as fast as our fingertips and satellites, the danger of scams remains a constant and Brunswick County is not immune.

    Leland Police Department detectives will host an educational program to help senior citizens be in the know should they be approached by scam artists. In particular, detectives will expose current schemes, including scammers posing as the IRS over the phone and demanding money, for example, and teach residents how to deal with someone who is trying to gather their personal information.

  • Shallotte woman sheds light on 100 years of life

    SHALLOTTE — The Great Depression. Two World Wars. Astronauts landing on the moon. A marriage. Children. Grandchildren.

    These are but some of the events witnessed by Josephine Chebat of Shallotte, who celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, June 14.

    Chebat was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Queens by a Russian father, Joseph Roubo, and a Lithuanian mother, Antonia Roubo, meaning initially English wasn’t her first language.

  • SB 875 would set harmful precedent

    A firestorm has erupted over Sen. Bill Rabon’s proposed Senate Bill 875, which seeks to de-annex three parcels from the town of Sunset Beach, since he filed it last month after notifying only one town official, Mayor Ron Watts.

  • Coming out for an end to hate

    It’s Sunday afternoon, and again I find myself trying to put into words how horrified, angry and sad I am about more violence committed against innocent people who were simply living their lives and not hurting anyone else.

    Almost a year ago, June 17, 2015, it was nine people slaughtered during a Bible study at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    This time, it’s 50 people dead and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in our nation’s modern history at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando, Fla., on Latino night.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we did not concur with the Senate budget, we made adjustments to the ethics laws, we passed local bills on de-annexation and town charter changes and we greeted town officials from the county and around the state.

  • You decide: Is there occupational churning?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out. Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina … what kinds they are and how they have been changing.