Today's News

  • Shallotte crash kills Carolina Shores teen, injures two others

    Shallotte police are investigating a crash that killed one Carolina Shores teen and injured two others from Calabash early Wednesday morning.

    Officers were dispatched to Bridger Road in response to a 911 call just after 4 a.m. and found a blue 2007 four-door Honda Accord submerged in about seven feet of water in Mulberry Branch creek, according to a news release. They, along with Shallotte firefighters and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, pulled three teens from the wreckage.

  • Voter registration, party change deadline approaching

    The deadline to register or change one’s party affiliation before the primary is Friday, Feb. 19, and residents should take this time to review their polling place location as some locations have moved.

    Voter registration forms must be in the Brunswick County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. Feb. 19, or must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 19. This includes voters wishing to register for the first time and voters wishing to change their party affiliation.

  • Shallotte police seek woman in computer theft

    Shallotte police are asking for the community's assistance in identifying a woman they think stole a computer from Wal-Mart last month.

    The woman, described as white with a slight build and brown hair, came into the store at the same time as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27, reports show. It is unclear whether the woman and man were together.

    Investigators believe the woman took a $98 Hewlett Packard desktop computer without paying for it and left the store in a van.

  • NCDOI examines Blue Cross and Blue Shield

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin recently met with top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to discuss the insurer’s ongoing payment and enrollment problems.

  • Shallotte woman, 56, faces felony heroin charges

    A 56-year-old Shallotte woman arrested Wednesday, Feb. 10, faces three felony heroin charges.

    Betsy Wynne Padgett, of Central Avenue SW, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, selling or delivering heroin, conspiring to sell or deliver heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Padgett had nine bindles, or doses, of heroin and sold them Sept. 22, 2015.

  • South Brunswick Islands Center new precinct and partner in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Voters in the Shingletree 2 precinct 19 will be voting at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in the March 15 primary.

    Carolina Shores town commissioners have also approved a “memorandum of understanding” to partner with Brunswick Community College on future visioning for the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Cop’s trial in teen’s fatal shooting continued until April 18

    The trial of a former Southport police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago has been continued until April 18.

    Bryon Vassey was scheduled to be tried beginning Monday, Feb. 15, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Internet assessment under way in county

    Brunswick County formed a task team of community representatives to assess the availability and demand for Internet service throughout the county in view of the growing importance of Internet service for business and for residential use

    A key element of the assessment effort is a community survey being conducted through March 18, according to a county news release.

  • Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children

    A 64-year-old Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting two children, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Waylon Ronald Simmons, of Liberty Street, was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.