Today's News

  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Tuesday night, July 15, family friends confirmed.

    The Gores have been highly successful in Brunswick County for more than a half century. After a stint in the military, Ed rejoined his family and began working for his father, Mannon Gore — the namesake of the Sunset Beach bridge — at Sunset Beach and Twin Lakes, Inc. Together, Ed Gore developed Sunset Beach with his father.

  • Ex-BSL chief convicted of failure to discharge duties

    The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was convicted of failure to discharge duties in Brunswick County District Court on Friday, July 18.

    Emmett Ballree, who began his career as chief in Boiling Spring Lakes in 2008 before his 2012 termination, pleaded guilty to willful failure to discharge his duties as a police officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Businessman gets 3+ years in prison for Leland site contamination

    A 61-year-old business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for crimes related to the to handling of a toxic substance at his facility in Leland.

    Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. were sentenced Wednesday, July 16, in Raleigh, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

  • Leland woman faces cruelty charges after more than 100 animals seized from her home

    A Leland woman has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from an apparent hoarding situation Tuesday afternoon, July 15, from her home near Belville.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz, 33, was arrested that day and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   


    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • Holden Beach opens dog park on Scotch Bonnet Drive

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach’s ribbon cutting for a new dog park turned into a doggiepalooza, as dozens of dog owners brought their pals to check out the new facility.

    Dolly and Louis Mitchell attended the ribbon cutting for the new dog park with Ninja, their border collie/lab mix rescue dog.

    Dolly Mitchell said she appreciated having a dog park closer to home.

    “The closest dog parks were the one in Shallotte and one at Myrtle Beach,” Dolly Mitchell said.

  • STEM camps provides unique opportunity at local school

     CALABASH — An elementary school class filled with summer campers may evolve into a room full of inventors by summer’s end.

    Through Communities In Schools, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is hosting Camp Invention, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for five weeks this summer.

    Robin Russ and Cathy Milligan are teaching the class, which is coordinated by Communities In Schools site coordinator Amber Malave.