Today's News


    Shallotte police are investigating a rash of breaking and entering and larcenies of drink machines at local businesses on Feb. 24. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Black’s Tire; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from machine.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Hill’s; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from the machine.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and damage to property on East First Street;

    •Brian Rooney of Maiden was charged with driving while impaired and carry concealed weapon on N.C. 179/Lake Tree Drive.

    •Property damage on Ocean Cove;

    •Jeremy Fregeau of Ash was charged with driving while impaired and drive without two headlights.


  • Wax museum brings new life into history lesson

    They stood frozen until a button on their hand was pushed, making them come to life.

    Students at Town Creek Elementary School took part in an interactive wax museum last week in celebration of Black History Month.

    Third-grade classes studied famous black Americans during February. Each student chose his or her own person to study and did computer research, reports and PowerPoint presentations on their famous person.

    “We tried to incorporate technology,” third-grade teacher Kimberly Nowlin, said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 22-28, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, Little Shallotte River Road and Makatoka Road.

    K-9 deputies issued three uniform citations and made five drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on River Road in Southport; suspect damaged passenger side of victim’s vehicle.

    •Property damage on North Hampton Drive; suspect stole a stop sign.

    •Larceny on Old Town Creek Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s CDs and a CD case.

    •Larceny on Scoggins Drive in Leland; suspect stole an antique cash register.

  • Far out and cool stuff at the PGA merchandise show

    I love the annual Carolinas Section PGA Merchandise Show and try to go each year.

    Last week’s show was bigger than last year’s. More than 1,500 golf professionals from all over the Carolinas and even farther assembled for elections, meetings, seminars and to preview what’s new in the world of golf products.

  • Golf action


    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Reese Evans, 78; Jim Ritter, Jim Beairsto, 88. Low net: Ritter, 64; Evans, 68; Beairsto, 69. Team (two low nets each hole): Ritter, Evans, Bob Smith and Beairsto, 22-under par. Golfer of the week was Evans.


    Rita DuGan, Fran Thomas, and Randy Coates were first at 1-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble Feb. 24. Finishing second was the team of Marianne Nobes, Ralph Trimmer, and Bob Nobes. The team of Sharon Beavers, Glen Green and John Beavers were third.

  • Spring's arrival will bring plenty of redfish to Brunswick County

    Spring isn’t quite here yet, but it won’t be long before Brunswick County anglers will be out in force stalking those feisty spring redfish. Redfish travel in schools in the spring, cruising the shallows looking for shellfish and small fish to eat.

  • Superior Court

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Jack W. Jenkins with prosecutors Chris Thomas, Erin Holden, Meredith Everhart and Brooke Smith adjudicated the following cases during Superior Court sessions on Feb. 15, 17:

    Crystal Hope Pallas, 26, of 3028 Randleman Road, Greensboro; PG possession of heroin; possession drug paraphernalia, voluntarily dismissed per plea.

  • Officials, law enforcement had good response to school incident

    It was likely a confusing and scary situation for some Shallotte Middle School parents last week when the school was placed on lockdown Feb. 18 just before the school day began.

    As buses and vehicles arrived at the school, students were turned away and sent to West Brunswick High School, where they were directed to wait in the school’s gym.

    On the morning of Feb. 18, a parent reported a student had received a threatening text message. School officials believed it was serious enough to warrant the lockdown.