Today's News

  • AARP tax program seeks volunteers

    The AARP Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers to prepare and electronically file federal and state returns for both North Carolina and South Carolina taxpayers. Adult volunteers of all ages are welcome.

  • Sex offender accused of attending soccer game

    A registered sex offender is accused of attending a soccer game where minors were present last month.

    Joshua Scott Todd, 30, of Edna Way in Shallotte was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with a sex offender on a child premises violation, a felony.

    Warrants show Todd entered and remained at the recreational field at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Shallotte on Sept. 26.

    Todd was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Man accused of stealing firearms from vehicles in Leland

    A Wilmington man was wanted by Leland police for stealing firearms during two vehicle break-ins.

    Alexander Dequan Pellom, 23, of Mitchell Court was located at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Wilmington, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. The police department issued a news release a day earlier asking for the public’s help to find Pellom.

    Pellom faces two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a firearm, Humphries said.

  • Southport man accused of child sex crimes

    A Southport man is accused of committing sex crimes against two girls earlier this year.

    Melecio Rubio Villagran, 23, of Oakcrest Drive SE, was arrested Oct. 4 and charged with indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery.

    Warrants show the incidents took place in June. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victims are 11 and 12.

    Villagran remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $40,000 bail.

  • Bladen County commissioner charged with DWI in Brunswick County

    A Bladen County commissioner is accused of driving while impaired in Brunswick County.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped 32-year-old Ashley Trivette of White Lake on U.S. 17 near Supply on Friday and “observed bloodshot red glassy eyes, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath,” according Trivette’s release order.

    The order shows Trivette had a blood alcohol concentration of .10. A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

  • Student finds worm in fruit cup served in school lunch

    A South Brunswick High School student found “an unexpected protein” in their lunch Wednesday, Oct. 4, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release.

    The student’s prepackaged and sealed strawberry cup contained a worm, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The district received strawberry cups as part of the commodity delivery from the United States Department of Agriculture/ North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Swencki said.

  • Notable scores, highlights from area golf leagues

     Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.



    Results from Oct. 6 at Leopard’s Chase. The group played a 6-6-6 tournament. The team of Terry Heineman, Jim Beairsto, Gary Gutheil and Brian Mikesell captured a first-place finish with a score of 134. Scott MacBean, Ricky Rix, Kevin Brady and Joe Capone finished in second place. Matt Beairsto posted the low score of the round with an 82. The low net scorer was Heineman with a 68. Heineman earned golfer of the week honors.


  • Sutton nabs nice red drum

     Beacon general manager Angie Sutton caught a 42-inch red drum while fishing with Capt. Jacob Frick of J&J Inshore Charters.  Sutton landed the fish near the Ocean Isle Beach bridge. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources tagged the fish through its marine game fish tagging program. In appreciation for reporting a tag recapture, Sutton will receive a T-shirt and a report that includes the history of the fish. She’ll also receive a citation certificate that commends her catch as extraordinary from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

  • Fall fishing is officially here

     It feels like just yesterday we were complaining about how miserably hot it was and how the fishing was slow due to the warm temperatures and rough seas. Well, that same old song and dance has moved on and we are now in the first quarter of incredible fall fishing.

  • South Brunswick earns impressive conference win over Topsail

     South Brunswick tripled its win total from a season ago with a 14-3 victory over 3A foe Topsail in a Mideastern Conference battle on Friday, Oct. 6, in Hampstead.

    Running back Bradley Wormuth led the Cougars with 119 rushing yards on 25 carries as the Cougars picked up their second consecutive league win.

    After having won just one game in 2016, the Cougars improved to 3-4 (2-1 in league play) after Friday night’s victory.