Today's News

  • How could a town not do a background check before hiring an administrator?

    This week, a Calabash town commissioner confirmed current town administrator Jeremy Cribb is being investigated by the town’s personnel committee. Tuesday night, the board of commissioners decided to extend his probationary period for 90 more days.

    Even though the town’s personnel policy requires a background check of applicants, one was not done before Cribb was hired, and now questions about his experience and criminal record have surfaced.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Walter Wright, 31, of 1628 Chadwick Landing, Shallotte, with larceny by employee—embezzlement. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

    •Police charged Jimmy Franklin McCumbee, 41, of 7189 Westbrook Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, with possession of cocaine. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond.

  • More classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology

    Brunswick County Schools continues to introduce more technology into its classrooms; almost half are equipped with 21st Century carts.

    Brunswick County Schools introduced the 21st Century Classroom Initiative in 2007 and budgeted $1 million toward supplying more than 100 classrooms with a 21st Century Cart. The cart includes a laptop with Internet access, an LCD projector, document camera and InterWrite interactive pad. Teachers are encouraged to use the technology to find innovative ways of teaching and engaging students.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. Information is taken directly from police incident/investigation reports.

    •Larceny of golf cart on East Second Street. Resident left golf cart charging under the residence overnight and was gone the following day.

    •Larceny at Flamingo Row. Police arrested Christine Virginia Ford of Reading, Pa., for larceny of a green dress.

  • Avoid hottest part of day, use live bait during summer

    Although the hot weather has been occasionally broken up by a thunderstorm or two, we are definitely locked into a consistent summer pattern when it comes to fishing.

    Fish continue to be caught, including some nice-sized trophies, but I’d be lying if I told you this was the easiest time of the year for the sport. Still, if you avoid the hottest part of the day and go after them with live bait, you can probably find enough action to get you through until fall.

  • North Carolina's beautiful, diverse landscape: Visiting the Waynesville Inn

    North Carolina is a fabulous state. The east has hundreds of miles of beaches and hundreds of golf courses. The rolling hills of the midlands boasts horse farms, thriving cities, university complexes and more golf courses.

    The far western part of the state is mountainous. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, and has more golf courses.

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From July 14-19, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 20 calls and made three drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Crow Creek, RiverSea, Carolina Place, Goose Marsh and Palmetto Creek.

    The following suspects were charged. All information is taken directly from arrest reports and citations.

  • Two suspects arrested for breaking into coin-operated machines

    Two suspects have arrested and charged with a slew of break-ins to coin-operated machines.

    James Frederick Burris, 36, of 4405 Rounding Run Road, Shallotte, was charged with three counts of breaking into a coin/currency machine and three counts of damage to a coin/currency machine. Burris was also charged with a drug court violation.

    Burris was arrested July 19 and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed on a $115,000 bond.

  • Victim scammed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a reported incident of obtaining money by false pretenses.

    The victim on Old Oak Lane reported July 16 being sent a counterfeit check for rental money over the assessed amount of rental. In return, money was to be sent to someone in the United Kingdom claiming it was for a limousine as the perpetrator planned to move to the United States.

    Police also arrested Gregory Hardee, 42, on July 19 for assault on a female.

    William Joe Farris, 29, was arrested July 15 on a drunk and disruptive charge on Queen Anne Street.