Today's News

  • Stalled work no day in the park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In the wake of stalled work at Sunset Beach Town Park, town leaders are combing through the numbers to help determine what’s next.

    During a monthly workshop last Thursday, Nov. 13, Sunset Beach Town Council reviewed the financial status of the park as compiled by new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said she asked Schwerd to do the report consisting of a summary of project expenditures by date and a separate summary of vendor expenditures.

  • County commissioners agree to $3.5 million land purchase for park

    County commissioners are planning to purchase property for a park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    The property includes three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the waterway just west of the Holden Beach bridge.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county will buy the properties for $3.5 million from Sweetwater Investments LLC.

    Commissioners agreed to the purchase by a 4-1 vote at their Nov. 12 agenda meeting, with Commissioner Pat Sykes dissenting.

  • Tree of Hope adoptions sought for annual BFA distribution

    As Brunswick Family Assistance gets ready for the holidays, it could use some assistance, too.

    The Shallotte-based nonprofit, which provides assistance for families in need, including its annual Christmas distribution in December, has come up short and needs help.

    “We are desperately looking for people to adopt tags,” BFA program manager Lora Moree said.

    BFA still has 135 tags remaining on its holiday Tree of Hope bearing names of seniors and children and their Christmas wish lists this year.

  • Agents arrest seven in separate drug cases

     Agents arrested three Shallotte residents accused of trafficking heroin through Brunswick County.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 30-year-old Lamar McDow, 27-year-old Eddie Hill and 24-year-old Masheka Rena Cobb during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 near Ash.

  • Investigators seek two men on various charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find two men wanted on various charges.

    Henry Wade Rutledge, 46, of Rock Street in Archdale is wanted on two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony after breaking and entering and obtaining property by means of false pretense stemming from incidents in Holden Beach in October, according to a news release. He is also wanted by Shallotte police on a felony larceny charge in an incident that also occurred in October.

  • County receives plan for Smithville park renovation

    BOLIVIA — A proposed $9.4 million three-phase renovation of Smithville Township District Park left one Brunswick County commissioner with sticker shock at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting.

    Derek Williams, North Carolina division manager for Alfred Benesch & Co./Site Solutions, was hired to perform a site analysis and create the proposed recreation improvements at the Southport park.

    “It is $9 million for all the improvements,” Williams said.

  • Former church leader pleads guilty to sex crime

     A Gastonia man accused of committing sex crimes in Brunswick County 20 years ago pleaded guilty to a statutory sex offense in Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced 64-year-old Joseph Robert Hall to 12 to 15 years in the North Carolina Department of Correction that morning after Hall pleaded guilty to an offense in which he “engaged in sexual conduct with a minor when he was more than six years older than the victim at the time,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas said.

  • Southport man avoids human trafficking conviction

     A Southport man pleaded no contest to common-law robbery in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Kyle Bradley Wolfe, who was initially charged as a co-conspirator in a Boiling Spring Lakes prostitution ring in May, pleaded no contest to common law robbery stemming from an incident in April 2013 at a home in Southport, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Thurston said.

  • Police nab man accused of picking up pot package

     A Leland man was arrested Nov. 13 after Leland police said he tried to pick up a package that contained four pounds of marijuana from a local post office.

    Thirty-four-year-old James Lewis Lowe faces a possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana after detectives intercepted a package intended for him at 660 Lewis Road.

  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Shelton Tucker, who served as mayor of Sunset Beach from 1973 to 1979, died Nov. 14 at age 97 at a health care facility in Wilmington.

    Tucker, a native of the historic riverfront town of Hertford in North Carolina’s “Inner Banks,” was a noted businessman and developer of the Clariday Woods subdivision near Calabash.