Today's News

  • Varnamtown woman faces legal battle with daughter over home

    VARNAMTOWN — It’s Gail and Doug Hewitt’s dream home, one they waited for years to build after selling their longtime office-supply business up North and moving to Doug’s native fishing town in the South.

    The white two-bedroom house on a quiet Varnamtown road was built on Doug’s family homeplace with the couple’s hard-earned savings, in a columned Cape Cod style harking back to Gail’s own native Connecticut.

  • Southport man to serve more than six years for stabbing wife

    A Southport man will serve at least six years in prison for stabbing his wife last fall.

    Senior Resident Court Judge Ola M. Lewis convicted 71-year-old Edward Earl Jones of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after a two-day bench trial and sentenced him to 73 to 100 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday, Aug. 2.

    Lewis also ordered Jones to pay $10,172 to his wife in restitution.

  • Winnabow man faces assault charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Winnabow man accused of assaulting a woman with a knife and a flashlight.

    William Berry Powers, 71, of Long Circle NE, was arrested Friday, July 29, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Warrants show Powers struck and slashed the woman with a black-handled knife repeatedly, cutting her on the right forearm, before he hit her in the face with a flashlight.

    Powers was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $2,000 bail.

  • Departing Sunset Beach mayor reaps accolades, applause

    SUNSET BEACH — Departing Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts was recognized at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, Aug. 1.

    Town councilwoman/Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott read a statement of appreciation for Watts’ years of service on the board as well as his community activities including chairing the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and serving on boards of Habitat for Humanity, The First Tee of Brunswick County, the Brunswick County Community Foundation and the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

  • Shallotte police arrest man on 21 drug charges

    A Rowland man is accused of acquiring oxycodone under false pretenses three times from a Shallotte drug store.

    William Craig McKoy, 51, of Peach Street, was arrested Friday, July 29, and charged with six counts of felony trafficking opium/heroin, five counts of felony conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, five counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and five counts of felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery.

  • Leland police seek man in fraud case

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they say committed credit fraud last month.

    Police received a report July 2 of financial credit fraud at the State Employee Credit Union at 1109 New Pointe Blvd., according to a news release.

    Surveillance footage captured the man using the stolen credit card in two transactions.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective E. Hutt at 332-5009.

  • Calabash development picks up

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance is excited development and construction are “starting to kick off” in the Seafood Capital.

    Nance, speaking at Calabash’s ninth annual Town Hall Day last Friday, July 29, cited redevelopment of Kingfish Bay, an unfinished residential community off Beach Drive.

    Last Wednesday, July 27, town officials took part in a ribbon cutting and open house for the revitalized community where updated plans call for a 301-unit “cluster development” in the R-6 zone.

  • BEMC’s patch of green on U.S. 17 offers solar power

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. has branched out into farming.

    The company built a solar farm, an array of solar panels along U.S. 17 to offer customers a green electricity alternative.

    “With renewable energy on people’s minds we offered this as an option,” BEMC marketing communications specialist Heather Holbrook said.“We offered it for those who really want to go green. It’s not for everyone, but of our 73,000 customers, some might be green.”

  • MaterFest paints Shallotte red Aug. 6

    Brunswick County has long savored its homegrown tomatoes.

    It was just a matter of time before MaterFest came to be.

    The first local festival celebrating the delectable red fruit/culinary vegetable of summer is thus scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this coming Saturday, Aug. 6, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street.

  • June real estate sales up and days on market down

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales show promising numbers for both buyers and sellers, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of units sold increased from 342 in June 2015 to 386 in 2016, an 11 percent increase. Total sales for last month were $91,171,000, a 13 percent decrease from the $105,530,000 in June last year. The average sale price decreased 9 percent from $259,916 to $236,190 between June 2015 and June 2016.