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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach couple charged with selling drugs

    A Sunset Beach couple is accused of selling drugs from their home.

    Robert Austin Kelly, 45, and Nike Lee Stiltner, 43, of 807 Dogwood Drive were arrested Wednesday, March 22, and are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Supply senior center opens at 101 Stone Chimney Place

    SUPPLY — A month to the day after opening a new senior center in Leland, county officials reconvened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to christen another.

  • Pedestrian hit crossing U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    A car struck a Shallotte man while he was walking across U.S. 17 on Tuesday night, March 21.

    Daniel Lamont King, 25, is in critical condition as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    No other injuries were reported.

  • Attack on derelict boats under way with new ordinance

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved an ordinance Monday night giving the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office authority to deal with abandoned and derelict boats.

    A half-submerged shrimp boat below the Holden Beach Bridge may be the face of the abandoned boats in the county, but commissioner Pat Sykes said she pushed for the ordinance because of complaints of sailboats clogging an inlet off Fish Factory Road in Southport.

  • County funding cuts prompt Brunswick Guarantee

    A Brunswick County-funded scholarship program that provides free tuition and no fees for qualified students to attend Brunswick Community College is intended to restore funding and recruit more of the county’s high school graduates to the college.

    The three-year funding agreement county commissioners approved March 6 provides the BCC Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses through the program, called Brunswick Guarantee.

  • Ash man involved in ICE case dies of self-inflicted gunshot

    An Ash man who shot himself during a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations search of his home died Friday, March 17.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head March 7.

  • NCDOT announces Brunswick County road closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close Village Point Road, 0.1 miles south of Bill Holden Road, in Ocean Isle Beach​ in both directions beginning Monday, March 20, at 8 a.m. continuously through Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m., to replace twin 60-inch pipes.

    Drivers who travel on the Project Road NW bridge over a branch of the Waccamaw River near Ash should also be aware the bridge will be closed beginning March 20 so workers can build a drainage culvert. The new structure will open in August.

  • Leland man dies in Jeep crash near Winnabow

    A Leland man died after the Jeep he and two passengers were riding in overturned in a single-vehicle crash near Winnabow on Monday night, March 20, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.M. Blackwell said.

    Travis Norton, 26, was driving at a high rate of speed while driving south on Funston Road, Blackwell said.

    Norton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Jeep after he lost control of it and it flipped, caught on fire and landed in the road.

  • Navassa Superfund site project still testing for creosote impact

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency is still poking holes in the Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site in Navassa.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a March 14 meeting.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.