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Today's News

  • Bank robber remains at large

     SHALLOTTE — Investigators are searching for the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    Nobody was injured during the robbery, Gause added. There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Three employees were inside the building during the incident.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to 2013 murder of infant son

     A Shallotte man pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 21, to second-degree murder in the 2013 death of his infant son.

    Randy Lee Richardson, 20, also pleaded guilty before Judge Gale Adams to felony child abuse in the death of his 4-month-old son, Colton, on May 29, 2013, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

  • UPDATE: Ex-Leland officer arrested after high-speed chase, shooting

     Seven felony charges for attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement officer have been lodged against a former Leland police lieutenant captured following a high-speed chase with gunfire Tuesday night, Sept. 16, through Brunswick and Horry, S.C., counties.

    Brunswick County deputies were trying to serve warrants on Howard “Hank” Smith at the Food Lion in Supply about 8:30 p.m. when he fled from deputies and a chase ensued, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Town Creek launches WATCH D.O.G.S.

     TOWN CREEK — Town Creek Elementary School’s mascot is the Gators, but on Thursday, Sept. 28, it was all about dogs.

    As in, WATCH D.O.G.S., a nationally recognized program that was implemented in its first Brunswick County school last week.

    Town Creek Elementary School Principal Walker Constantinesco and parent facilitator Amber Lanier hosted more than 100 fathers, father figures and students into the school’s cafeteria to launch the WATCH D.O.G.S. program into one of Brunswick County’s newest schools.

  • Community partners enhance Southport Elementary garden

     SOUTHPORT — While students have traditionally learned lessons in science in the classroom, students at Southport Elementary can now learn in their very own science habitat.

    At a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 19, Southport Elementary School Principal Randy Horne welcomed representatives from Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the school to unveil the latest additions to the center as well as a new sign to greet students and other visitors on the fence in front of the science habitat.

  • Grand jury hands down indictments in sex crimes

     A Brunswick County grand jury returned true bills of indictments against several people accused of sex crimes during a Sept. 8 session in Superior Court.

    A prosecutor is required to present the case to a grand jury that decides whether there is enough evidence to charge the accused with a crime. An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime.

    The following were indicted for alleged sex-related crimes:

  • Three face multiple drug charges

    Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • Southport project continues, completion expected soon

     SUPPLY — Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees expect the completion of the long-awaited Southport campus renovation in the coming months.

    Vice chairman Bobby Long announced at their Thursday, Sept. 18, meeting that the project is back on track for completion.

    A contract was signed July 28, the same day the notice to proceed was issued, and projected constructed time is three months to completion. Work is under way in all phases of the project.

  • Willoughbys club and big red food truck stand out in Leland

    The big red food truck parked along Ocean Highway between Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest is something new to the Leland scenery.

    Willoughbys, the recently opened restaurant and bar, is something new as well.

    Owner Tom Miller wanted to build an oasis that brings different types of food and entertainment to the town.

    “My wife said the house is paid off, the kids went to college. Go ahead and do it,” Miller said.

  • UPDATE: Additional bank robber photos released

    The Shallotte Police Department has been able to secure additional images of  the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    “The suspect took out a note and gave it to the teller at the counter,” according to a Sept. 17 news release from the town. “He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered the woods.”