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Today's News

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    A 48-year-old Ash man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash Sunday evening, March 1.

    Manuel Rivera was heading to his home on Alligator Road from a friend’s house on Big Neck Road in Ash when he overcorrected and rolled the SUV he was driving, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker said. Rivera was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

    The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating, Crocker said.

  • North Brunswick JROTC students host 13th annual tri-meet

     LELAND — North Brunswick High School hosted the county’s oldest drill meet on its campus on a frigid Saturday in Leland.

    North Brunswick’s JROTC program welcomed 14 other high schools to the 13th Annual Best of the Best Drill Meet on Feb. 28.

  • Belville sets rules for livestock, exotic animals

    Belville officials changed town ordinances at the Feb. 23 town board meeting after an animal hoarding case was discovered last year.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz was arrested July 15, 2014, and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from her home near Belville.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services recovered 125 ducks, pigeons, chickens and other birds, 10 dogs and at least one cat.

  • 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.