Today's News

  • South Brunswick High School junior arrested on sex offense charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a South Brunswick High School junior accused of sexual assault during a homecoming bonfire on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

    Jibri Ali Ballard, 16, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, and charged with felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor sexual battery.

  • Brunswick County under water use state of emergency

    Brunswick County is under a state of emergency, and water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users after attempts at a temporary fix to a broken water main did not work.

    According to a county update, crews worked until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, but an attempted band sleeve, which would have been a temporary repair to the broken water main, was not successful. The county’s water situation is no better than before.

  • Leland police looking for missing teen

    Leland Police Department officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Leland teen.

     Colby Byers Abreu, 14, of Stony Woods Drive, was last seen at his home on Monday, Oct. 17, at around 5 p.m. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a light blue Nike jacket. He is described as a white male with short brown hair.

     Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.     

  • Canopies still a shady topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In its end-of-summer assessment, Sunset Beach Town Council is still debating the pros and cons of allowing tents and cabanas on the beach.

    During an almost hour-long discussion Tuesday, council opted to reconsider allowing the shade-providing devices following a summer season review of beach patrol operations, cabanas and regulations.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said they do run out of space for cabanas.

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • One-Stop early voting begins Oct. 20

    Brunswick County’s One-Stop early voting opens Oct. 20 in four locations.

    Sarah Knotts, county board of elections director, is getting the word out to voters to understand One-Stop voting sites are on different schedules.

    “When the state extended early voting, we did not open all sites a week early,” Knotts said. “Only three (satellite) sites in major population centers of Leland, Southport and Shallotte will open Thursday.”

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • School board OKs class makeup schedule after hurricane cancellations

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a makeup schedule during committee meetings Tuesday for classes canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.

    Students owe four days and teachers owe three days (teachers either worked or took annual leave Oct. 12), school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Friday, Oct. 28, was originally an early release day, but will instead be a full day for students.

  • Locals rally to help flood victims

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which spurred flooding in other parts of the state, generosity flows in Shallotte and beyond.

    Shallotte Electric at 4900 Main St. has become station central for a relief effort and collection of items to be taken to flood victims in Lumberton.

    Since announcing the effort last week, officials at the longtime Shallotte business have been inundated with items being contributed by generous-hearted residents.

    “Food, water, diapers, canned goods,” business owner Jamie Milliken said Thursday.

  • Water line break leads to mandatory water restrictions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce updated county commissioners during their meeting Monday night on the effort to repair a water line break that has county water customers under mandatory restrictions.

    Pierce told the board a cooperative effort between Brunswick County utilities, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and other partners are reassessing their options to repair the leak in the line. “Everyone understands the severity of it,” he said.