Local News

  • ECU anthropology school digs Brunswick County

    East Carolina University’s anthropology school has made Brunswick County its annual summer destination.

    Dr. Charles Ewen returned for a fourth year to the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site to run a summer field school from May 19 through June 16.

    The historic site along the Cape Fear River in Winnabow includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

    Dr. Megan Perry wrapped up a second year excavating a Gause family cemetery in Sunset Beach on June 9.

  • WWAY evacuated June 7 after small fire

    WWAY was briefly evacuated Thursday, June 7, following a small fire in its event center.

    The television station reported a fire alarm went off just as its 7:30 p.m. newscast ended, causing the studio at 1224 Magnolia Village Way in Leland to be evacuated for more than an hour.

    WWAY said the small fire started in an ice machine.

    Personnel from Leland Fire/Rescue Department, Winnabow and Navassa volunteer fire departments responded.

  • Man to serve at least four years for Holden Beach Walgreens robbery

    A Supply man will spend at least four years in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapon in the 2016 robbery of a Holden Beach Walgreens.

    The judge, who was not identified in a District Attorney’s Office news release June 6, sentenced 53-year-old Wilford Norman Turman of Kirby Road to serve between 51 and 74 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served after Turman pleaded guilty June 5.

  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson site recreates Civil War cannon emplacement

    WINNABOW — A new version of a historic piece of the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is in the works, replicating an 1864 cannon emplacement in the sand fortifications.

    Jim McKee, the landmark’s historian and site manager, said 3,600 cubic feet of dirt was removed from part of the earthen fort to recreate gun emplacement No. 2 in the Southern Battery, also known as Battery B.

    “It is one of the most historically accurate gun emplacements in the country,” he said.

  • Wilmington man faces DWI charge in Southport boat crash

    A Wilmington man faces two misdemeanor charges, including driving while impaired, after a boat crash in Southport last week.

    Kevin Harrell, 51, who was arrested Thursday, June 7, also is charged with careless and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

    Harrell was steering a 27-foot Sea Hunt boat from the Cape Fear River back toward Southport when a larger boat traveling the opposite direction caused a wake about 7 p.m. June 7, North Carolina Wildlife Commission Officer Matt Criscoe said.

  • NCDOT expects OIB roundabout completion by end of month

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Visitors to Ocean Isle Beach will make their way to the island through an unfinished but working roundabout at Ocean Isle Beach Road (Four Mile Road) and Beach Drive (N.C. 179).

    Although the traffic pattern is marked with barrels, it is a working roundabout, Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said.

    “Everyone is able to traverse it, even with the barrels in place,” she said.

  • Boat collides with kayak in Intracoastal Waterway

    One person was taken to an area hospital Monday night after a boat hit at least one kayak on Oak Island.

    Someone contacted the Coast Guard at 9 p.m. about the collision in the Intracoastal Waterway near 49th Street.

    The Coast Guard said its main role was to take at least three people off the boat after the collision, but could not say how many people were on the boat or how many kayaks were involved.

  • Two Supply men face cocaine charges

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Supply men on cocaine charges June 2.  

    Corey Rex Hill, 40, of Trace Street SW, is charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, two counts each of trafficking in cocaine and conspiring to traffic in cocaine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia,.

  • Trillium to offer summer prorgams in Columbus County

    As a part of Trillium’s work to support social and recreational services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Trillium will partner with the Columbus County Parks and Recreation to launch Discover Enrichment Clinics.

  • Bridge upgrades coming to Oak Island

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $15.8 million contract for bridge preservation work, including the replacement of 28 spans on the N.C. 133 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway at Oak Island. It will give the bridge a new surface and replace the existing barrier rail.

    The contract awarded to Sloan Construction of Duncan, S.C., also calls for improvements on a short stretch of N.C. 133 by the bridge, as well as 5.2 miles on East Oak Island Drive.