Today's News

  • Brunswick County educators among Bright Ideas grant winners

    A large group of teachers, principals and superintendents from Brunswick and Columbus counties met at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) headquarters in Shallotte to join BEMC directors for the annual Bright Ideas Educational Grant awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov 12.

    The co-op awarded $33,914 in grants, the highest amount awarded since the beginning of the program in 1994. Bright Ideas grants are awarded for creative teaching programs that are not funded within the usual school budget process.

  • In between seasons, it still is a good time to fish

    Water temperatures remain higher than normal, but fish are feeling the inevitable push of the upcoming winter season, as hot-water species leave the area and cold-water species become the target of anglers.

    From now until the early spring, speckled trout and red drum will be the premier inshore fish.

  • Golf action

    The Beachcombers played a tournament of four-man teams using two low nets Friday at Carolina Shores. The winners with a score of 127 (-17) were Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal, Ed Kinney and Gary Gutheil. In second at 128 (-16) were Dan O’Connell, Bill Cameron, Hal Riebesehl and a draw. Low gross: Harry Haggerty, 80; Jim Fitzner and Paul Michal, 83; Gary Gutheil, 88. Low nets: Bill Cameron, 69; Paul Michal, 70. Harry Haggerty was voted golfer of the week.



    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Police charged Timothy Alfred Gaskill, 43, of 1510 Shady Rest St., Shallotte, with driving while impaired and DWI habitual. He was at the intersection of Main and Wall streets. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated reported property damage on Craven Street last week. According to the police report, the suspect hit three mailboxes with its vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Nov. 9-15, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Holden Beach, Crow Creek, St. James, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Plantation.

    K-9 deputies conducted checkpoints at Brooklyn Street in Navassa and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

    Phoebe Renee Hulon, 35, of 4479 Sweetbay Drive SE, Southport, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Larceny of a firearm on Valley Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s firearm from his home.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole copper tubing and cable from victim’s yard.

  • Moped-riding TV thief nabbed in Sunset Beach on Friday the 13th

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a man for stealing two flat-screen TVs from a duplex on the island after he was spotted carrying one of the TVs on his moped.

    Michael David Deroost, 32, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of felony property damage following the incident Nov. 13.

    Deroost was arrested after a deputy saw him riding on Shoreline Drive West with a TV strapped to the back of his moped, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said. The TV was covered with a bedspread.

  • New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy fired after Leland assault

    LELAND—A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired following an off-duty assault.

    According to a press release from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholas Ryan Dillon was dismissed following the alleged assault, which is said to have occurred in Brunswick County.

    According to the Leland Police, Dillon was arrested Monday, Nov. 16, and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.