Today's News

  • Drug report

    Drug agents arrested the following suspects last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Mario Andre Wright, 32, of 1909 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown; charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Richard David Johnson, 19, of 2822 Midway Road, Bolivia; charged with possession ounces or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Sherrill Kay Gilmore, 49, of 6514 Myrtle Grove Road, Wilmington, was arrested for shoplifting at the Piggly Wiggly on Village Road.

    •Pursuant to a driver’s license checkpoint on Mount Misery Road, Jeffery Jamaal Simpson, 24, of 6209 Bells & Williams Road, Currie, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for burglary suspect

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a first-degree burglary suspect wanted for the breaking and entering and larceny of a Fairway Court home.

    The suspect, who deputies say has been involved with other breaking and enterings and larcenies in the Calabash business district and the Carolina Shores residential district, entered the victim’s home around 1 a.m. March 6.

  • Lawsuits refiled against school board

    Three lawsuits against the Brunswick County Board of Education and three former Brunswick County Schools employees have been voluntarily dismissed. They were refiled Monday.

    Attorney Robert Tatum, who has law offices in Southport and Raleigh, said he refiled the lawsuits after the board of education’s attorney, Kathleen Tanner, filed a motion to dismiss the board from all cases. The motion states the board is protected by the doctrine of governmental immunity according to N.C. General Statute 115C-42.

  • Commissioners nix commercial beach requests

    HOLDEN BEACH—Fueled by residents’ opposition to any commercial endeavors on the beach strand, town commissioners on Tuesday denied two local businesses’ requests to operate on the beach.

    Two separate businesses—one seeking permission to operate a parasailing business, the other to sell Italian ice on the beach—were denied after commissioners said too many residents opposed the idea of allowing commercial operations on the beach.

  • Roundabout construction nearly finished

    The roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Causeway Drive and First Street in Ocean Isle Beach is near completion.

    “The roundabout is on schedule,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said Tuesday at the town’s monthly meeting.

    Construction crews were finishing paving Tuesday and Ivey said striping, sign placement and finishing touches should be complete by the end of Friday. A walk-through is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week. The road will be open once the walk through is complete.

  • Newly refurbished Rourk Branch Library opens to the public

    SHALLOTTE—The newly renovated Rourk Branch library has opened on Main Street, complete with a new reading room, new children’s room and more space for browsing books.

    The library opened last Wednesday after being closed since December.Patrons are enjoying the roomier building, according to library workers.

    Before the renovation, patrons had to squeeze past one another to peruse the stacks of books, and the computer stations were nearly always in use with people standing and waiting turns.

  • Draft vision plan to be presented April 2

    Aldermen are expected to meet with the consultant working on the towns vision plan April 2, town officials said.

    The vision plan is a five-to-10 year plan to revitalize the downtown area by encouraging beautification as well as new commercial development.

    The meeting with the board will be followed a couple of weeks later by a public unveiling of the plans rough draft, during which local residents will be able to give their final comments.

  • Planning board OKs plans for family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members have recommended approval of the site and landscaping plans for a 61,000 square-foot family entertainment center next to Lowe’s on Whiteville Road.

    The board OK’d the plans at Tuesday’s board meeting as well as a conditional use for a private school operating in a church.

    The requests will be forwarded to the board of aldermen for approval.

  • 'Double parking' viewed as excessive in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Changes in parking guidelines that would require more than double the spaces for a renovated facility may be excessive, a town building official has told the town planning board.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the ordinance was changed a few years ago, dating back to when plans were being submitted for the new Waves Beachwear store.