Today's News

  • Inside the letter: Carolina Shores mayor reprimanded for gender comments

    CAROLINA SHORES— Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission grievance she filed last October about sex discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Stephen Selby has to do in part with comments Selby made on several occasions about her abilities to do her job as the “weaker sex.”

    Chestnut now believes she is being retaliated against for filing the grievance.

  • Defense attorney challenges DA seeking his sixth term

    District Attorney Rex Gore said he loves the job he has been going to for the past 20 years and wants the voters to give him four more.

    Gore is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for district attorney for the 13th prosecutorial district for a sixth term.

    He is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney.

    “My motivation is as a defense lawyer for 26 years, I have been studying the prosecution. After playing defense for 26 years, you learn a lot about offense,” Pope said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Brandon Drive in Leland; suspect broke into victim’s house and stole items and damaged a crib.

    •Larceny on Athens Street in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s laptop and laptop charger from home.

  • 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.

  • N.C. Court of Appeals dismisses coastal insurance rate appeal

    Judges with the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments on Dare County et al. v. the North Carolina Rate Bureau and North Carolina Department of Insurance case last week.

  • Sign of distress or disrespect? Oak Island man flies flag upside down to send a message

    Charlie Perry, owner of American Fish Co. in Oak Island, is fed up with where this country is headed.

    He’s frustrated with government bailouts and what he calls “squandering” of tax dollars. He’s so frustrated, about three weeks ago he began flying his flag upside down—what has traditionally been referred to as the national sign of distress.

  • County commissioners District 1: Norris seeks third term; challenged by political newcomer

    County commissioner Phil Norris is seeking the GOP nomination to run for his third term as county commissioner. Norris, of Ash, is being challenged by Corrine McCray, of Calabash, a political newcomer.

    “My main motivation is out of concern for the way things are—the economy. I just feel like we need some experience in office. It’s probably the most difficult times in the county, or anywhere else, as far as the economy is concerned,” Norris said.

    Norris said his background and experience make him the best candidate for county commissioner.

  • Sullivan challenges Cooke for District 2 seat

    Soil and Water Conservation Board member Randy Sullivan is challenging incumbent Marty Cooke for the GOP nomination to run for county commissioner for District 2.

    Cooke, who is seeking his second partial term and first full four-year term as county commissioner, said he is running for re-election because, “I have really fallen in love with Brunswick County.”

    “I feel like it is the greatest county in the world. I enjoy serving the people,” Cooke said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering to a coin machine at Marathon Gas Station on Causeway Drive; the lock was cutoff of an air machine.

    •Taylor Ian MacDonald, 19, of Pinehurst; charged with underage possession of alcohol on Concord Street.

    •Charles Edward Lineberger, 18, of Pinehurst; charged with underage possession of alcohol on Concord Street.

  • Swedish man temporarily relocated in Brunswick County following Icelandic volcano eruption

    A Swedish man has been temporarily relocated in Brunswick County after being unable to travel home following the Icelandic volcano eruption earlier this month.

    Lars Backman flew into the United States on April 12 for business in Boston, Tampa and Charlotte. He was scheduled to fly back to Sweden on April 20.

    With the majority of European airports, including his final destination Stockholm, closed and planes grounded due to ash from the eruption, Backman was skeptical he would make it home.