Today's News

  • Shallotte police arrest three on multiple felony charges

    Three people are accused of depositing stolen checks to buy heroin between June and September.

    Christian Orion Russ, 24, of Longwood Road in Longwood, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 12, and charged with two felony counts each of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, exploiting disabled/elderly, conspiracy, receiving money improperly from a bank machine and depositing money into a banking machine.

  • Supply man faces felony sex crimes involving child

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

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year-old Billy Joe Walton Jr. of Civietown Road on Wednesday, Oct. 12, on 17 felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and a felony count of disseminating obscenity to a child younger than 13.

    Warrants show Walton committed the crimes between July 12 and Oct. 12 against four victims, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Leland committee receives business study results

    LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.

  • ‘Barbara’s Wish’ for 200 caps for homeless veterans comes true

    CALABASH — It was one of her last goals: To finish knitting 200 caps for homeless veterans.

    But when Carolina Shores resident Barbara Roth passed away unexpectedly Jan. 17, fellow knitters picked up the slack.

    The name of their effort, “Barbara’s Wish,” took hold as they got busy with their knitting skills to finish stitching all the assorted, colorful handmade caps Roth envisioned.

    Last week, a portion of the Barbara’s Wish team presented 200 handmade caps to Calabash American Legion Post 503 Auxiliary.

  • Canopies still a shady topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In its end-of-summer assessment, Sunset Beach Town Council is still debating the pros and cons of allowing tents and cabanas on the beach.

    During an almost hour-long discussion Tuesday, council opted to reconsider allowing the shade-providing devices following a summer season review of beach patrol operations, cabanas and regulations.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said they do run out of space for cabanas.

  • Southport woman faces assault charge

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Southport woman accused of assaulting a man with a baseball bat.

    Shannon Dale Byrd, 34, of Maple Road, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Byrd fractured the man’s victim’s spine when she hit him with the bat Oct. 7.

     Byrd was released Oct. 10 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $2,500 bail.    

  • Supply man arrested in church break-in

        Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of breaking into a church.

    William Robert Cantrell, 44, of Trace Street, was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Cantrell broke into the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at 5909 Ocean Highway W. in Ocean Isle Beach on Oct. 14. While on the property Cantrell also destroyed a glass sign, a front door and locks on the front door while entering the building.

  • Locals rally to help flood victims

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which spurred flooding in other parts of the state, generosity flows in Shallotte and beyond.

    Shallotte Electric at 4900 Main St. has become station central for a relief effort and collection of items to be taken to flood victims in Lumberton.

    Since announcing the effort last week, officials at the longtime Shallotte business have been inundated with items being contributed by generous-hearted residents.

    “Food, water, diapers, canned goods,” business owner Jamie Milliken said Thursday.

  • Brunswick residents required to cut water usage due to break

    Residents in all areas of Brunswick County are required to take steps to decrease water usage, effective immediately, following damage to a water line.

  • Student drug use survey responses expected to meet coalition goal

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition expects to more than double the responses to its annual drug use survey of Brunswick County students this year, which will help guide its drug abuse prevention efforts.

    When 2015-16 Pride Surveys were sent to Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick Coalition only garnered 116 responses from students.