Today's News

  • Belville ‘breaks ground’ on riverwalk, plans for real work to begin within a week

    BELVILLE — Belville officials didn’t turn any dirt during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project Saturday, but they’ll let the professionals get to it soon enough.

    Commissioner Joe Breault announced to a crowd of more than 100 visitors at the ceremony that a contractor would be digging the first trail of the riverwalk within 10 days of the gathering.

  • Southport teen faces multiple charges

     A Southport teen who was arrested Saturday, Oct. 4, is accused of stealing items from vehicles, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

    About 7 a.m. that day, officers received reports of a suspicious person in the 2200 block of East Boiling Spring Road. They responded and arrested 19-year-old John Ethan Holbrook after seeing him throw items over a fence at East Boiling Spring and Fayetteville roads, Shirley said.

  • School system takes aim at completing capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Overcrowded Brunswick County schools on the north end of the county and a dilapidated, outdated gym in a rural district have been problems for the school district. The school district has taken steps to alleviate those concerns and the system’s director of capital improvements and planning expects the projects to be completed on time.

  • West student to join future medical leaders in nation’s capital

     SHALLOTTE — When a congress convenes in November, one of Brunswick County’s own will be front and center.

    No, not that Congress.

    Savannah Rae, a junior at West Brunswick High School, has been selected as one of several members to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., for three days in November.

    Rae, a Supply resident, will visit the nation’s capital Nov. 14-16 for an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

  • Amendment could allow felons to opt for bench trial

     For the first time in the state’s history, felony defendants in North Carolina may have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial if an amendment passes in November.

    Tar Heel State voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial. The proposed amendment would make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Leaders search for ways to improve business in Brunswick County

     Leaders in Brunswick County know it’s going to take a team effort to continuously improve business in the region.

    So teams of workforce development partners from across the Tar Heel State will visit local businesses to hear their challenges and successes, and help them develop ways to locate and retain high-quality employees as part of the “1,000 in 100” initiative launched by Gov. Pat McCrory last spring.

  • Column: Cherish time spent with loved ones

     It was a long time coming. One of my best friends married his high school sweetheart this past weekend in Whiteville. All of us knew it was a matter of time before Devin Sellers and Haley Ann Enzor tied the knot. As another good friend eloquently stated during Friday night’s rehearsal dinner, Devin and Haley are two people we all agreed were made for each other.

  • Woman indicted on sex crimes involving handicapped person

     A Calabash woman is accused of sexual crimes with a handicapped person in March 2013.

    On Sept. 22, a grand jury indicted 57-year-old Kathy Miller of 9259 Bonaparte Drive on charges of second-degree sexual offense, sexual battery and sexual assault on a handicapped person.

    Miller “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit the abominable and detestable crime against nature” with the victim, according to arrest warrants.

  • Five rescued after boat capsizes near Holden Beach

     Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people after their boat capsized in the Lockwood Folly Inlet on Saturday morning, Oct. 4.

    Coast Guard Sector North Carolina officials received notification from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel at anchor within the inlet had capsized, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom.

    Coast Guard officials issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.  

  • Shallotte man charged with insurance fraud

     A Shallotte man has been charged with insurance fraud after authorities say he filed a false claim in August.

    Christopher Eric Grissett, 41, of 4160 Ruby Way NW, was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.