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Today's News

  • Missing 19-year-old sought

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman.

    Hallana Hankins, 19, was last seen leaving the Boiling Spring Lakes area earlier Friday morning, Feb. 27, headed to the bus station in Wilmington. She is thought to be traveling in the Texas area.

    Hankins is described as 5-foot-1 and weighing 185 pounds. She has long brown hair with an auburn wig.

    She was last seen wearing brown/multi-colored leggings, brown lace-up boots, a short black jacket and a brown scarf. She was also carrying a black bookbag.

  • OIB starts budget process at town board retreat

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began the budget process for the next fiscal year at a daylong board retreat Thursday, Feb. 26.

    Police Chief Ken Bellamy proposed the town buy three new police cars in the next budget year, instead two as planned, to standardize the fleet of SUVs.

    “We have 10 cars now. I’m asking to replace three. We still have in the budget this year for two,” he said.

    Bellamy would also like to increase the patrol division’s number of four-wheel drive vehicles to seven for use on the beach.

  • County enjoys ‘return to normalcy’ after harsh winter weather

     After a week marked by harsh winter weather and hazardous driving conditions throughout Brunswick County, the school system and government complexes have returned to a normal schedule.

    The winter weather conditions Feb. 24-25 forced several closings throughout Brunswick County.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said they were relieved people in Brunswick County could briefly enjoy a return to temperatures higher than 32 degrees.

  • Shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road readies for construction

    Preparation for a shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road is under way with plans to open a new grocery store in 2016.

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has begun clearing and readying the lot for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.

    The shopping center, which is part of Oak Island’s commercial district, will offer 90,000 square feet of leasable space with a new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods anchoring the development.

  • Leland man faces sex crimes involving child

     A Leland man incarcerated on assault charges now faces felony sex crime charges involving a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives charged 30-year-old Alejo Ruiz Mendoza of Mount Misery Road with first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child in alleged sexual assaults that took place between January 2014 and Feb. 25, 2015, warrants show.

  • Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Shallotte pharmacy

     An Oak Island woman is accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on Sunday, March 1.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

    The pharmacist immediately contacted Shallotte police and detectives soon arrived, arrested Smith without incident and charged her with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • Fire destroys oceanfront home in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Fire destroyed an oceanfront beach house and heavily damaged two more Friday night, Feb. 27. No one was injured.

    The house at 1079 Ocean Blvd. W. went up in flames, though nine fire trucks responded and firefighters soon got the blaze under control.

    “They really got a hold of it quick,” said Sgt. Frank Dilworth of the Holden Beach Police Department, who was among the first on the scene.

  • Sex offender arrested at LMS

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy arrested a convicted sex offender at Leland Middle School on Thursday morning, Feb. 26.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Michael Pernell Wagner of Main Street, Navassa, is charged with felony sex offender on child premises. He was dropping off the child of a friend, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Trojans lose in sectional title game

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick lost 66-28 in a sectional basketball title game Tuesday, March 3, to Wilson Hunt — a team that finished second at state last year.

    Josh Willingham, a 6-foot-5 center who scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the state title game, finished with 18 points against the Trojans. He scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Warriors took a 23-10 lead.

  • Trojans provided many thrills in 25-victory season

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick fell one victory short of returning to the NCHSAA Class 3A East Regional basketball tournament, but for Trojan coach Eric Davis, the 2014-15 season had many exciting moments. 

    “You have to rank it at the top of any season I’ve had,” he said. “It’s the second-most wins (25) I’ve had a coach. I had 28 wins one year at Hopewell. First time a conference championship since 1989. We lose in the conference tournament championship. We win two rounds in the state playoffs.”