Today's News

  • One of two Winnabow house fire victims dies

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, has died, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. that day at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

    Powell’s mother, 70-year-old Sandra Powell, remains at the burn center but her condition is not known, Garner said.

  • Bolivia woman wins $20,000 in N.C. Education Lottery

    Brunswick County’s streak of lottery luck continues.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Brandy Moore of Bolivia was the winner of $20,000 in the Joker’s Wild instant prize game.

    It’s the fourth time in less than a month someone from Brunswick County has won state lottery money.

  • Warren named interim director of administrative courts office

    Brunswick County District Court Judge Marion Warren has been named interim director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

    Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Warren to the post Friday, March 6.

    Warren will begin duties effective upon the retirement of current director Judge John W. Smith on May 1, according to an Administrative Office of the Courts news release.

  • Fox that bit Leland woman tests positive for rabies

    A fox that bit a Leland woman on the leg March 3 tested positive for rabies after being sent to a state lab.

    “Lt. Thomas Tolley, shelter director of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, has confirmed a fox that was sent to the state lab for rabies testing yesterday, did indeed test positive for the rabies virus,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a March 4 news release.

  • Sunshine Week open house March 16 in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores will have an open house to coincide with Sunshine Week.

    The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 16, at Carolina Shores Town Hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

    One the event agenda is an educational program followed by an open-house tour of town facilities.

  • Fire that killed four people ruled accidental

    The March 2 fire that killed four people and injured a fifth was caused by a heater that was left too close to combustible materials, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said in a news release Wednesday night.

    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.

  • Sunset Beach to send letters about groin, wind farm

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved sending a letter expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach.

    Approval came with a 4-1 vote, with town councilman Wilson Sherrill casting a dissenting vote, at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting March 2.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed sending a letter to Braxton Davis, director of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach hearing supports ban on pools, crossovers

    SUNSET BEACH — The town board of adjustment has unanimously determined swimming pools and individual dune crossovers are not permitted in the Palm Cove development on the east end of the island.

    The decision came following a day-long hearing Feb. 24, which was continued this past Monday, March 2, with attorney arguments and the board’s decision.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.