Today's News

  • TDA to keep budget at same level for next year

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority wants to keep its 2010-2011 budget at the same rate as the current year’s budget, which will require dipping into its savings account.

    TDA executive director Mitzi York informed authority members at Tuesday’s meeting that a $90,000 appropriation from fund balance, which would bring the budget up to the $1 million mark, would still keep three months worth of funding in reserve.

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Supply man sentenced to 16-31 months for cocaine convictions

    A Supply man has been sentenced to 16-31 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections after a Brunswick County jury convicted him of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

    According to Chris Thomas, assistant district attorney, Kevin Rashaad Brown, 29, of the Cedar Grove community in Supply, was sentenced to 16-31 months in prison for two cocaine convictions.

    Brown was on trial for two cocaine transactions, which lasted about a week, Thomas said.

  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.

  • Children's author visits with students at Supply Elementary

    Children’s author Michael Finklea says anything can be turned into a story.

    When visiting with students at Supply Elementary School Tuesday morning, Finklea and students created a story about what’s behind the walls and under the floor of the school. By using imagination and creativity, they created a colony of people who have lived under the school for hundreds of years.

    “Every single thing around you becomes a story,” Finklea told students.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Gene Franklin Jewell III, 38, of 202 Harbor View, Swansboro, with possession of cocaine, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged John Dennis Turner, 62, of 1716 Pelican Place, Shallotte, with driving while impaired. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Golf action

    Club 25 began its 2010 season with a tournament March 22 at the Founders Club at St. James Plantation. Elaine Pipino from Carolina National led the excitement of the day with a hole-in-one on the 97-yard 16th hole.

    The first flight was won by Barb Eckroth (The Legends) with an 83. She was followed by Mary Barclay (St. James). Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing) and Shari Hodson (The Lakes) tied for third. Barb Guhl (Pine Valley) finished fifth and Dianne Belair (Prestwick) sixth.

  • Veteran personally thanks students for Valentine

    ASH—Every year, students at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School make valentines for veterans, but it’s rare they ever hear back from recipients of those cards.

    On Tuesday, World War II veteran and Carolina Shores resident Hank Mattutat visited students to let them know just how much it meant to him to receive a Valentine’s Day card.

    “I was really touched,” Mattutat said with tears forming in his eyes. “And I’m not that kind of a guy.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Holden Beach police reports

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week:

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West on March 18.

    •Littering on Ocean Boulevard West on March 22.

    •Larceny and vandalism on Ocean Boulevard West on March 22.

    •Burglary and larceny on Brunswick Avenue on March 30.

    •Burglary and larceny on Ocean Boulevard East on March 30.