Today's News

  • Pickup strikes van carrying students on U.S. 74

    A pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Kids World Academy 15-passenger van carrying eight students from Southport on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries.

    It happened at 9:40 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Leland, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said

    Charles Carter, 56, of Princeton was driving a blue 1999 Ford F-150 west on U.S. 74 when he failed to stop at the light and struck the van driven by 26-year-old Desiree Auld of Southport, who was trying to turn left at a stop light from N.C. 140 onto U.S. 74.

  • Duke Energy shows off Brunswick Nuclear Plant environmental safety measures

    SOUTHPORT — The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport has its own turtle patrol just like most Brunswick County beach towns.

    But the Duke Energy plant isn’t tracking turtle nests. It’s protecting turtles and other marine life from the intake that draws one million gallons of water per minute into the plant.

    For large animals like sea turtles that can find the nuclear plant’s 300 foot wide intake canal inviting, Duke Energy made an upgrade to a diversion structure, a type of sea gate, so turtles can’t swim through.

  • County VA clinic relocates with new name

    Starting Monday, June 26, Fayetteville VA’s Brunswick County Outreach Clinic will have a new name and a new location.

    Now called Brunswick County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), it will see patients at 18 Doctors Circle, Units 2 and 3, in Supply, less than a half-mile from the old clinic. 

    When all three suites are used, the new clinic will be about. 9,500 square feet, almost five times the size of the clinic it is replacing and increasing the patient capacity from 2,100 to around 3,300.

  • Calabash man accused of assaulting disabled woman in her home

    A Calabash man is accused of breaking into a disabled woman’s home and assaulting her last Friday.

    Michael David Consoli, 33, of Carolina Street was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree burglary and assault on a handicapped person.

    Warrants show Consoli broke into a home in the 8000 block of East Calabash Drive in Sunset Beach between 10 and 11 p.m. June 16, struck the woman in the chest with a painter’s stick and stole medication from the residence.

  • County schools announce personnel changes, superintendent’s evaluation

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes effective July 1 and conducted Superintendent Les Tubb’s annual evaluation during a specially called meeting June 13.

    Rhonda Benton, district executive of elementary and middle grades, will transfer to West Brunswick High School where she will serve as principal.

    Brock Ahrens, principal at WBHS, will transfer to Leland Middle School where he will be co-principal with current principal Patricia Underwood.

  • Leland man arrested after guns, cocaine, marijuana and $60K found

    Agents arrested a Leland man Monday after seizing 32 guns, about two pounds of cocaine, about 23 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash from his home.

  • Alligator captured on Bird Island

    Michael Rogers snapped this photo from a safe distance of a young alligator on the shore Wednesday, June 14, while he was walking on Bird Island. He said it was the first time he had ever seen an alligator on the island. He wrote, “The alligator was on the island about 1/4 mile east of the jetty. It sat on the beach for about 5 minutes, not moving, then turned around and headed back to the ocean.”

  • Shallotte police seeking information on June 6 robbery

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Kangaroo Express on June 6.

    No one was injured during the crime, which happened at 2:49 a.m. at the gas station at 4528 Main St., Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    the clerk, who was restocking in the back, heard the door chime and came back up front, the man told the clerk to “turn around and everything will be fine,” before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, Holman said.

  • ATMC announces new 2017 directory, begins annual recycling drive

    areas from now through late July. The new directories include updated business information, as well as listings and resources for Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Shallotte man accused of child sex crimes

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing sex crimes against a child.

    Christopher Louis Maraquin, 26, of Evans Circle was arrested June 16 and charged with statutory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes happened Nov. 6, 2016, involving a child 15 or younger.

    Maraquin remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail.