Local News

  • Death penalty sought in Shallotte stabbing deaths

    The state is seeking the death penalty against a Calabash felon charged with stabbing to death a Shallotte couple and injuring their daughter in January.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of High Point Avenue, faces two counts of murder and single counts of attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility without bail.

  • Leland man charged with manslaughter in December alcohol-related death

    A Leland man has been arrested in connection with a December alcohol poisoning death.

    Troy Lee Benson, 48, of Woodford Road was arrested March 19 and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor giving spirituous liquor to a person less than 21 years of age.

  • Judy Brown Brock’s husband arrested on first-degree murder charge

    BOLIVIA — The husband of Judy Brown Brock has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Phillip Harry Brock, 71, was booked into the jail at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 on a first-degree murder charge on no bail. Records show Holden Beach Police Department as the arresting agency.

    According to a Holden Beach Police Department news release, law enforcement agencies found her body in a wooded area in Sampson County on Wednesday, March 20.

  • What to say when a friend is hurting

    By Linda Arnold

    We’ve all been there. That awkward pause when you find out a friend is getting a divorce. Or dealing with a drug overdose in the family. Maybe it’s a devastating medical diagnosis, a job layoff or the loss of a beloved pet. You want to be supportive. And say the right thing. How do you know, though?

    What not to say

    Here’s a summary of what not to say. These phrases can come off as trite and insincere. They can even make matters worse.

    I know what you’re going through.

  • Bill threatens to take ABC stores out of local town control

     Brunswick County towns that benefit from Alcoholic Beverage Control store revenues are opposing a bill before the North Carolina legislature to require consolidation of local ABC boards to no more than one local ABC board in each county.

    “The ABC Laws Modernization/PED Study” bill was filed in the House (HB 91) Feb. 18 and Senate (SB 87) Feb. 19 and would require all ABC systems in counties with two or more ABC (boards) to merge to one system.

  • Brown's Landing source of local lore, family pride


    “While we are not the oldest trees in the forest … we are a good stand of oaks.”

    So concludes the family narrative and genealogy compiled by the great-great-grandson of Alfred Brown, Lonnie McDowell Jr. of Carolina Beach. McDowell published the results of his extensive research in 1991 following his efforts to trace his roots among the sentinel oaks of what came to be known as Brown’s Landing. His fascination with the origins of Brown’s Landing is shared by locals and visitors alike.

  • Money box with cash stolen from Brunswick County library

    A money box with cash inside has been stolen from a local Brunswick County library.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a break-in and larceny were reported at the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores at 8:40 a.m. Friday, March 15.

    According to the report, a 60-year-old offender broke the library’s door lock and its money drawer lock and stole a red money box containing an estimated $120.

    The branch opened in August.

    The theft remains under investigation.

  • Sunset Beach approves measures opposing offshore drilling

    SUNSET BEACH — Town Council drew applause Tuesday when members unanimously approved measures to fight offshore drilling.

    Following a closed session to consult with town attorney Grady Richardson, council approved joining with a Southern Environmental Law Center lawsuit by filing an amicus brief and joining the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing.

    Council also approved a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing.

  • Carolina Shores gets budget-minded at annual retreat

    CAROLINA SHORES — “Conservative planning” are key words for the upcoming town budget in the next fiscal year.

    “We really need to think about staff perspective and budget conservatively,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the town board of commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, March 11.

    “We won’t see a recession this calendar year but we very well could next year,” he said.

  • Riverview Drive closure pondered in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have accepted a resolution of intent to close a portion of Riverview Drive, along with an April 17 public hearing and April 18 special meeting to consider the proposal.

    New Moon Holdings LLC has requested closure of approximately 70 yards next to closed dry stack storage from 1236 to 1248 Riverview Drive, according to information provided by the town.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance said at the board’s March 12 meeting that Tim Moon would like to open a marina and storage where the dry stacks are.