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Today's News

  • Pennsylvania man drowns near Ocean Isle Beach

    Robert Huss, of Glen Mills, Pa., was on vacation with his wife and had been swimming near 39 Ocean Blvd. W., deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    “He was swimming in the ocean and has a history of cardiac (problems),” Crocker said.

    Huss was pronounced dead on the beach at 6:38 p.m., Crocker said.

    Officials from the state Medical Examiner’s Office and physicians from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, where Huss’ body was taken, determined the official cause of death was drowning, Crocker added.

  • Former Sunset Beach police officer arrested on rape charge

    A former Sunset Beach police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in June.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 39-year-old Jamie Lynn Clemmons of Red Fox Street in Shallotte, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged him with second-degree rape, Brunswick County Detention Center records show. He is incarcerated on $1 million bail.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner fired Clemmons in May 2013.

  • Leland police corporal fired, charged with embezzlement

    A Leland police officer was fired from the department Wednesday, Aug. 5, a day before she was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Melissa Jane Hinnant, of East Eighth Street in Southport, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged her with six counts of embezzlement.

  • Accused heroin trafficker released after posting $6M bail

    A Shallotte man charged in one of Brunswick County’s largest heroin seizures was released on $6 million bail from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

  • Day treatment program discussions continue

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County Schools staff have considered establishing a day treatment program for special needs students.

    Those discussions continued at a Tuesday, Aug. 4, regular school board meeting as assistant superintendent Deanne Meadows told board members the district and a mental health agency have yet to come to terms on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would expedite the process of implementing the program.

  • Entrepreneur’s motivation for success born in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County native Rickey Miller moved north to find his calling as a business owner and entrepreneur, but attributes growing up in the Ocean Isle Beach area to making his success possible.

    Miller grew up on Sommerset Road between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    “Living in Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte made me who I am,” Miller said.

    A 1976 graduate of West Brunswick High School, he went to technical school in Atlanta before finding his first career in West Virginia working in coal mines.

  • County unemployment continues increase, above 7 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has risen nearly one full point in two months, to 7.1 percent in June, since hitting a low of 6.2 percent in April.

    The numbers are up for a second month after rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in May.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County crept back above 7 percent just as it did one year ago when the June 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 27

    Cameron Garrett Savage, 28, 128 Mill Creek Road SE, Bolivia, cited on charges of possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.

    Clayton Adam Lowery, 29, 3337 Whiteville Road NW, Ash, cited on a charge of concealing items worth $112.76 at Wal-Mart.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 28

    Larceny; someone stole a purse containing items worth $100 from an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

    July 30

    Breaking and entering a motor vehicle parked at an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

    Breaking and entering two motor vehicles parked at an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 27

    Jon Matthew Harvey was arrested on charges of driving while impaired, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to maintain lane control.

    Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle parked at Oak Lane Apartments.