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Today's News

  • Trial date set for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     The trial for a man accused of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister will begin March 23, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage confirmed.

    Montey Andrea Murray has been incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since March 2012, awaiting trial in the February 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s son.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.

  • 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.

  • Fox bites woman in Leland neighborhood

    A Leland woman was treated for injuries Tuesday morning, March 3, after suffering a fox bite on her leg.

    The woman was walking with her child in a neighborhood off U.S. 74/76 and Old Fayetteville Road when they spotted the animal approaching, according to a Brunswick County news release.

    The woman quickly got the child out of harm’s way, but not before the fox bit her, Brunswick County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte woman claims $250K lottery ticket

    A Shallotte woman has claimed the $250,000 winning ticket for Sunday night’s All or Nothing drawing, which was sold at the Lowes Foods on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    “It’s just exciting,” Darlene Anuszewski said Tuesday afternoon at lottery headquarters, according to news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I never thought it would happen. But it did.”

  • Towns draw mixed lines on pending ETJ legislation

    Pending state legislation that proposes doing away with municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions in North Carolina could be good or bad, depending on which town you’re talking to.

    House Bill 51, filed by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Concord, on Feb. 4, would eliminate all existing and future municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas statewide effective Jan. 1, 2016, with former ETJ areas becoming subject to county ordinances and regulations.

  • Prom Closet to open doors for second year at SBHS

     While most prom nights aren’t scheduled until May, a South Brunswick High School math teacher is making sure Brunswick County girls are well dressed for the big night at no cost to the them.

    Cathy Johnson, a math teacher who also serves as the school’s faculty prom coordinator, is hosting the Prom Closet for the second consecutive year at South Brunswick High School. She and her prom committee will open the closet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13.

  • 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.

  • North Brunswick JROTC students host 13th annual tri-meet

     LELAND — North Brunswick High School hosted the county’s oldest drill meet on its campus on a frigid Saturday in Leland.

    North Brunswick’s JROTC program welcomed 14 other high schools to the 13th Annual Best of the Best Drill Meet on Feb. 28.

  • Belville sets rules for livestock, exotic animals

    Belville officials changed town ordinances at the Feb. 23 town board meeting after an animal hoarding case was discovered last year.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz was arrested July 15, 2014, and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from her home near Belville.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services recovered 125 ducks, pigeons, chickens and other birds, 10 dogs and at least one cat.