Today's News

  • Lewis, Fairley, Tyler all unopposed for judge’s elections

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has no challengers to her re-election bid for the non-partisan seat.

    Also unopposed in their bids to retain their seats on the bench are judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler who represent the 13th Judicial District. The district covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    In 2007, former Gov. Mike Easley appointed Fairley, of Southport, to the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Doug Sasser to Superior Court.

  • DSS social work supervisor charged with DWI

    A Brunswick County Department of Social Services social work supervisor who oversees the adoption and foster care units was charged early Monday morning in Wilmington with driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger.

    According to Cpl. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Kathy Jo Battles, 47, of 4301 O’Neal Place, Wilmington, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Monday, April 26, in the 2100 block of North College Road.

    She was booked in the New Hanover County Detention Center and posted a $1,000 bond.

  • ‘Talk of the Towns’

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee hosted its first-ever ‘Talk of the Towns’ breakfast event at the Thistle Golf Club Tuesday morning. Mayors and other officials from Brunswick County towns updated the audience about what’s going on in the municipalities. ABOVE: Carolina Shores Mayor Steven Selby talks about the town’s efforts to bring more commercial development into town. BELOW: Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein talks about the progress of the new high-rise bridge being built and other town progress.

  • Scam calls not from Security Savings Bank; no losses reported

    Brunswick County residents have been receiving calls and messages from people identifying themselves as representatives of Security Savings Bank asking them to call a designated number, saying there is a problem with their Visa debit card.

    According to Security’s vice president and information technology manager Phil Fravel, these calls are not valid, and people who receive them should hang up immediately.

    “If, by chance, they do respond, they should call us immediately so we can block their accounts,” Fravel said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Some still frustrated by search as unemployment rate decreases due to seasonal jobs

    Longwood resident Alice Schofield continues her daily job search while also working volunteer hours at Family Thrift Store in Shallotte, for which she receives assistance from the Department of Social Services—enough to pay her electric bill.

    “I didn’t get any of the jobs I interviewed for,” the former business owner, veterinary technician and legal secretary said recently while she sorted clothes at the thrift store.

  • Board of education incumbent faces former educator in District 3 race

    Board of education member Charlie Miller will seek re-election to hold onto the District 3 seat, a position he has had for the past four years.

    Harvey Rash, a retired Brunswick County Schools educator with 29 years of classroom experience, will challenge him for the GOP nomination during next week’s primary election.

  • New rules proposed to make vision plan more than a vision

    What will Shallotte’s downtown look like in the next five to 10 years?

    Will it include a walkable, tree-lined Main Street with sidewalks, convenient shopping and restaurants?

    A bustling waterfront with a town square, riverwalk and combined commercial-residential district, where people from all walks of life gather for lunch at outdoor cafes?

    All of that is possible according to Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, and the town’s planning staff and planning board and sidewalk/transportation committee are working to make it a reality.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Charles Dupree Norris, 46, of 661 Dosher Road, Chadbourn, with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer stopped his car for having fictitious plates. The officer had a K-9 walk around the vehicle, and it indicated the car contained drugs.

  • Four from varying backgrounds vie for clerk of superior court

    Two Brunswick County attorneys are vying for the Republican nomination to run in the November General Election for Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court Court, while on the Democrat side, the one-term incumbent is facing a challenge from a former deputy clerk.

    Cheryl Wilson

    Cheryl Cheers Wilson was elected to the clerk of court office in 2006, after longtime clerk Diana Morgan retired.

    The Shallotte native worked nine years as a legal assistant and 16 years as a magistrate judge before being elected to the office.

  • Armed robbery suspects captured in Brunswick County

    Two suspects wanted for armed robbery in Robeson County were arrested April 20 in Winnabow.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, FBI agents notified the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office that two armed robbery suspects from Red Springs were believed to be in Brunswick County.

    The two suspects, Reginald Stubbs and Rodrick Stubbs, were wanted on outstanding warrants for robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.