Today's News

  • Former Southport police officer indicted on four charges

    BOLIVIA—A former Southport Police officer has been indicted on four charges.

    A Brunswick County Grand Jury on Monday, July 19, returned true bills of indictment on David Benjamin Rivenbark, charging him with altering, destroying or stealing criminal evidence, misdemeanor larceny, embezzlement by a local officer or employee and obstruction of justice, according to court documents.

    Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said Rivenbark, 25, who had been with the department as a probationary officer for about 13 months, resigned June 24.

  • 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.

  • Former officer testifies in wrongful termination trial against town of Holden Beach

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for the plaintiff and the defendant agree—Terri Oxford and Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne did not get along while Oxford worked as a police officer at the town of Holden Beach.

    But what a Brunswick County jury must decide is whether Oxford was wrongfully terminated from the Holden Beach Police Department by Layne based on her gender.

    In October 2008, Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for wrongful termination and gender discrimination. Testimony in the lawsuit began Monday, July 19, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Groundbreaking for new First Bank location set for September

    Officials expect to break ground on the new First Bank location in Shallotte this September, and the building should take about six months to complete.

    According to First Bank City Executive Dave Kesterson, the company’s engineers are going through some last-minute revisions to the original plan to meet the town of Shallotte’s specifications.

    He said a new building on the 1-acre property off Whiteville Road would be a welcome change from the temporary location now in use on Main Street.

  • Economic development, job training in state budget

    Local economic development and job training officials are happy about the state’s 2010-2011 budget, which includes continued funding for a number of job creation opportunities in Brunswick County and the surrounding region.

  • St. Brendan to dedicate new sanctuary Sunday

    After three years of construction, St. Brendan Catholic Church on Ocean Highway in Shallotte will officially move into its new sanctuary starting with Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    That afternoon, at 2 p.m., the congregation and staff will dedicate the new 9,000 square-foot building, with seating for 1,100 people, with a special ceremony including a speech from Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh.

  • Holden Beach man saves vacationer’s life during water rescue

    HOLDEN BEACH—Retired firefighter Steve Greene thought he’d left his lifesaving days behind him when he moved here three years ago, but last Saturday put him back on the job—and many people are glad he was there.

    Greene and his wife Becky were spending time on the Holden Beach strand Saturday when Becky noticed something in the water.

    “I looked up and thought it was either a deflated raft or a person,” Steve Greene recalled.

    He immediately ran to check and found it was a person and she needed help.

  • Shallotte planners recommend more neighbor input on zoning changes

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending a change to the town’s rezoning regulations to give residents more input into zoning changes that affect their neighborhoods.

    At last week’s meeting, the board recommended adding a requirement to notify adjacent property owners of planning board meetings so they can voice their opinions before the issue goes to the board of aldermen.

    Town planner Allen Serkin explained that a group of residents on Hinson Street attended last month’s meeting to find out about a proposed rezoning in their neighborhood.

  • Hole in one?

    Grady Eyler, 3, of Haymarket, Va., teed off at River Country Miniature Golf on Ocean Isle Beach on a recent summer day. It was the family’s first stay on the beach, but Grady’s mother said it wouldn’t be the last.

  • Is NCIT project still on the state’s ‘to-do’ list?

    Is the proposed N.C. International Terminal project still in Brunswick County’s future?

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and six Brunswick County municipalities have expressed opposition to the 600-acre, deepwater terminal proposed for Southport, and the state legislature denied any funds to help pay for a feasibility study this year, leaving many to question whether the project has a future.