Today's News

  • Police arrest Southport man after meth lab discovery

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Southport man Saturday after being called to investigate a possible methamphetamine lab in the woods near a residence.

    Christopher Michael Vallee, 33, of Robin Road is charged with possession of precursor chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Officers responded to the call about 10 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Beech Road, according to a police department news release.

  • County deputies charge Shallotte man with more than 20 felony sex crimes

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, taking explicit photographs of her without her consent and sending those photos to her via text message and Facebook.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 42-year-old Juan Roberto Cruz of Copas Road on April 4 and charged him with disclosing private images of an adult, second-degree forced sex offense, and 20 counts of disseminating obscenities.

    Warrants show Cruz committed the crimes between April 1 and 3.

  • Investigators seek Leland man on felony sex crime charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Leland man facing felony sex crimes.

    Deputies expect to charge 40-year-old Jesus Rocha Mendez of Andrew Jackson Highway with incest and sex act by substitute parent, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Shannon Mylod at 508-7626 or 911.

  • Speakers oppose terminal groin for Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Most of the people who spoke about Holden Beach’s proposed terminal groin voiced opposition to it during commissioners' regular meeting April 6.

    Holden Beach intends to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Leland aims to keep tax rate at 21 cents

    LELAND — Leland’s 2018-19 budget estimate alarmed town officials after they included too many needs in their priority list during an April 5 budget workshop.

    Town Manager David Hollis and staff showed board members an initial budget proposal of $15.3 million for 2018-19, a 10.4 percent increase from the $13.7 million budget for 2017-18 without having to increase the 21 cent tax rate.

  • Rash succeeds Yoho as OIB fire chief

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho had one last job to do April 10: attend the town board meeting to receive his retirement recognition.

    Yoho, who retired April 9, was involved with the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department for almost 34 years.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said it was extra special to recognize Yoho “because he is my brother-in-law.”

    “Bobby has served this town for many years, as a volunteer fireman (up to serving) as the fire chief. I can tell you this is in his blood,” Smith said.

  • Drone captures Holden Beach shipwreck at low tide
  • Governor issues budget plan to address testing for GenX

    Gov. Roy Cooper will propose budgeting $14.5 million for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to protect against contaminants like GenX in the water supply.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

  • Fire commission agrees on standards, seeks more input

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Fire Commission came to an agreement among most of its 19 members on proposed fire department standards during an April 5 meeting.

    Chairman Walt Eccard, mayor of Shallotte, also created two subcommittees — one for municipal fire departments and one for rural departments — to take another look at the standards to see if they are fair to both groups.

  • OIB studies water, sewer fees

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials took their first step at the April 10 town meeting to add water and sewer system development fees to meet the cost of growth.

    North Carolina House Bill 436, the “Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act” signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in July 2017, allows the town to charge a fee for capital improvement or to meet the costs of running existing facilities that serve new development.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to perform a fee analysis, which was presented Tuesday.