Today's News

  • North Carolina receives its coastal report card

    The grades are in for North Carolina’s coast.

    The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association recently released its “2008 Report Card for the N.C. Coast.”

    With an overall grade of C+, North Carolina received only one A on this year’s report card.

    Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, who serves as executive director for the association, said the annual report card usually garners good response.

    “We thought it was important to have an easy to transmit way to let people know how the coast is doing,” Simmons said.

  • Saturday's poker run to kick off Toy Run events

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts group has scheduled the first event in its campaign to raise money for the annual Christmas Toy Run.

    On Saturday, local motorcyclists will converge at 9 a.m. at Shallotte Park to sign up for the poker run, which involves riding around the community searching for cards to create a poker hand.

    For a $20 entry fee, each participant will receive lunch and a T-shirt (until they run out).

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Police arrested Michael Andres Gonzales, 39, of Hillcrest Drive, Supply, and charged him with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny of money at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $10,000 secured bond.

    •Fraud at Lowe’s Foods; suspects “confused the cashier” into giving them an additional $300, the report states.

  • Suspect arrested in OIB break-ins

    The man suspected of causing a string of break-ins on Ocean Isle Beach has been arrested. He was jailed on a $121,000 bond on May 19.

    Detective Donna Simpson said Jackie Lee Miles Jr. III, 32, of Atkinson, broke into about a half a dozen homes, where he stole televisions, a stereo and speakers and DVD players.

    Simpson said officers realized the break-ins were all similar in entry, which brought focus to a single suspect.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny on Hooper Road in Leland; suspect stole a motorcycle from victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Hillcrest Road in Supply; suspect took property from victim’s yard and from under the house. Fence posts and a computer monitor were reported stolen.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department’s incident/investigation reports:

    • Mitchell Tanner Kusche, 20 of Oak Ridge. Subject was wanted in North Carolina.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Thomas Frank Mullins Sr., 55, of 715 E. Boiling Springs Road, Southport; charged with possession of less than ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of cocaine.

  • Waccamaw School announces student awards

    The following students are being recognized for honor roll, citizenship, perfect attendance and principal’s awards for the third nine-week grading period.

    'A' Honor Roll

  • Supply Elementary School wins President's Volunteer Service Award

    Supply Elementary School has teamed with the White House to become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.

    The award was created by President George W. Bush in 2003 to give presidential recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed during 12 months.

  • Holden Beach Town Hall construction project ahead of schedule

    Construction on the new Holden Beach Town Hall/Police Department is ahead of schedule, town manager David Hewett said in an interview after the town meeting Tuesday night.

    The building is supposed to be completed by Jan. 9, 2009, he said.

    As of May 13, the town had spent $410,580 so far on the town hall/police department, Hewett told Holden Beach commissioners during the meeting.

    Jim Stewart, of Stewart Cooper Newell Architects, also updated the board on the building, noting several changes have been requested.