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Today's News

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business late Tuesday night and may be connected to two other cases in Horry County, S.C.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • Shallotte standoff ends peacefully Monday night

    SHALLOTTE — A 90-minute standoff between a man who was threatening to kill himself and local law enforcement officers ended peacefully Monday night, Oct. 20, in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Police were dispatched to N.C. 130/Whiteville Road near the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement, beside First Bank, at 6:03 p.m. in response to a man with a knife, according to a Shallotte Police Department news release.

  • No decision yet on proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase

     It’s still unclear whether Brunswick County residents will see a dramatic increase in homeowner’s insurance rates following a hearing Monday, Oct. 20, in Raleigh.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in January, and a public hearing — originally scheduled in August but postponed until Monday— was held in Raleigh.

  • Campbell students promote good health at Waccamaw

     ASH — Seventeen years ago, Kate Gore roamed the halls of Waccamaw School in Ash as a fifth-grade student. Now a 28-year-old assistant clinical coordinator at Campbell University, Gore was able to give back to current fifth-graders.

    Gore brought four graduate students from Campbell University’s physical therapy department to Waccamaw on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach students about the importance of healthy habits.

  • Warriors showered with patriotism in ride through Calabash, county

     CALABASH — Many times, the smallest gestures have the largest impact.

    As disabled veterans rode through Brunswick County communities on Friday, Oct. 17, they appreciated supporters waving American flags and shouting thanks as they lined the streets welcoming riders participating in the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride.

    Ronald Mayfield, who served in the Navy, said the public doesn’t realize how much its support means to the riders.

  • Local shucker one of country’s best

     Lisa Bellamy is an oyster-shucking legend.

    She’s dominated the N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition so many times, she can’t remember how many times she’s been crowned top shucker.

    “I lost count awhile back,” Bellamy said. “It’s been fun.”

  • Walk in the park: Developer announces plans for swamp adventure facility

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Rube McMullan is embarrassed to admit he bought a piece of property a stone’s throw from Ocean Isle Beach before he even knew what it was.

    But after a kayaking trip with his son, Barrett, down the Shallotte River between U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach off what locals have come to know as “Four Mile Road,” Rube knows exactly what he wants to do with his land.

  • What's in your trunk? Carolina Shores man alerts Consumer Reports about no spare tire

    CAROLINA SHORES — When Bob Kronberg bought a pre-owned Kia last fall, he got a surprise after driving it home.

    Upon closer inspection inside the trunk of his newly purchased 2012 Optima, he learned that instead of a spare tire, the vehicle was equipped with a tire repair kit that included a small air compressor and can of flat-tire sealant.

  • Woman accused of stealing shark tooth from museum

     A Chapel Hill woman is accused of stealing a prehistoric shark’s tooth from the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

    Alison Ailene Erca, 62, of Brights Way was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, and charged with felony larceny, Southport Police Sgt. Mike Williams said.

    A woman removed the C. Megalodon shark’s tooth from its glass enclosure and left the museum with another woman just after 2 p.m., Oct. 9 museum curator and manager Mary Strickland said. Museum employees noticed the tooth was missing late that afternoon and nothing else was stolen.