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Today's News

  • Supply mobile home fire kills four, including pregnant woman, 3-year-old son

    Four people died and a fifth was injured in a fire that destroyed a singlewide mobile home Monday morning, March 2, near the causeway at Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker identified the victims as 23-year-old Melissa Kay Thatcher, who was four months pregnant, her 3-year-old son, Caleb Andrew Rankin, and her husband, 22-year-old Keith James Thatcher.

  • Another winning lottery ticket sold in Brunswick County

    A $250,000 winning ticket for Sunday night’s All or Nothing drawing was sold at the Lowes Foods on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    The winner, who has not yet come forward, has 180 days to claim the prize. The winning numbers were 3-4-8-11-12-17-18-20-21-22-23-24.

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    A 48-year-old Ash man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash Sunday evening, March 1.

    Manuel Rivera was heading to his home on Alligator Road from a friend’s house on Big Neck Road in Ash when he overcorrected and rolled the SUV he was driving, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker said. Rivera was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

    The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating, Crocker said.

  • Fire destroys oceanfront home in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Fire destroyed an oceanfront beach house and damaged two more Friday night, Feb. 27.

    The house at 1079 Ocean Boulevard W. went up in flames, though nine fire trucks responded and firefighters soon brought the blaze under control.

    Houses on either side of the burning house sustained major damage. The house on the left, named Sanddollar at 1077 Ocean Boulevard W., had picture windows obliterated on the back side, railings burned and black soot all over the back deck and walkway to the beach.

  • Missing 19-year-old sought

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman.

    Hallana Hankins, 19, was last seen leaving the Boiling Spring Lakes area earlier Friday morning, Feb. 27, headed to the bus station in Wilmington. She is thought to be traveling in the Texas area.

    Hankins is described as 5-foot-1 and weighing 185 pounds. She has long brown hair with an auburn wig.

    She was last seen wearing brown/multi-colored leggings, brown lace-up boots, a short black jacket and a brown scarf. She was also carrying a black bookbag.

  • Woman embarks on hike to help injured veterans

     Some people hike for fun. Others hike to become one with nature. But Kellie English Bemelmans is hiking to raise money to build specialized homes for disabled veterans.

    The Carolina Beach resident, whose parents live in Brunswick County, will hike the full length of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, 800 miles of land from Mexico to Utah, beginning Sunday, March 1, to raise awareness and money for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit providing housing to critically injured veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Parent challenges ECHS extracurricular activities policy

     BOLIVIA — The mother of a Brunswick County Early College High School student is upset the Brunswick County Board of Education won’t allow her daughter to play soccer at her home high school.

    Dana Varnam, whose daughter attends the school on the campus of Brunswick Community College, went to the board’s policy and curriculum committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, to find out whether her daughter would be allowed to play with the team at West Brunswick.

  • Sunset Beach tax increase forecast with declining valuation

     SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach should expect to see a tax increase just to remain revenue-neutral in the next fiscal year.

    That forecast came last week from town finance director Bonnie Schwerd, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual planning session Feb. 17 at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Relatives sentenced for aiding inmate’s escape

     The mother, stepfather and uncle of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident.

    Katherine Carter, Earl Carter and Robby Hewett were all accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29.

  • Council votes to keep Sunset at Sunset under town domain in face of audit issue

     SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has voted to keep the Sunset at Sunset festival under town domain in the face of an accounting discrepancy that new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd says must be changed to align with state-mandated guidelines.

    The matter came to light at a specially called council meeting Monday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the town hall conference room, when council unanimously approved keeping Sunset at Sunset under the town.