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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • County enjoys ‘return to normalcy’ after harsh winter weather

     After a week marked by harsh winter weather and hazardous driving conditions throughout Brunswick County, the school system and government complexes have returned to a normal schedule.

    The winter weather conditions Feb. 24-25 forced several closings throughout Brunswick County.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said they were relieved people in Brunswick County could briefly enjoy a return to temperatures higher than 32 degrees.

  • Leland man faces sex crimes involving child

     A Leland man incarcerated on assault charges now faces felony sex crime charges involving a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives charged 30-year-old Alejo Ruiz Mendoza of Mount Misery Road with first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child in alleged sexual assaults that took place between January 2014 and Feb. 25, 2015, warrants show.

  • Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Shallotte pharmacy

     An Oak Island woman is accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on Sunday, March 1.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

    The pharmacist immediately contacted Shallotte police and detectives soon arrived, arrested Smith without incident and charged her with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • 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.