Local News

  • Two men face child rape charges in separate cases

    Two men are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on child rape and other charges in separate cases.

    Roland Evan King Sr., 51, of New Britton Loop Road was arrested May 31 and charged with six counts each of first-degree sex offense against a child and second-degree sexual offense, and five counts each of first-degree rape of a child and second-degree rape.

    Warrants show the crimes happened between July 1991 and July 1997 with a child who was between 9 and 15.

    King is jailed on $1 million bail.

  • Sunset Beach greets mayoral candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach meeting-goers got an opportunity to hear the town’s sole mayoral candidate speak at Monday night’s meeting.

    Greg Weiss, a retired sociology professor at Roanoke College in Virginia and researcher who now lives in Sunset Beach, outlined his background and community involvements at local, state and national levels.

    “I throw myself into any responsibility that I accept,” he said, speaking during the early portion of the June 4 meeting.

  • Carolina Shores pursues development initiatives

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is going full force with physical and economic development, evidenced by agenda items at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall cited in his report a number of development agreements, including one for Landmark at Lighthouse Cove, and final plats for The Farm at Brunswick.

    The town also has a new website, carolinashoresnc.com.

    “There’s a lot of interest in marketing and economic development,” Mendenhall said.

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing truck

    A Shallotte man is accused of stealing another man’s truck last month.

    Richard Lane Byrd, 29, of Whiteville Road was arrested May 29 and charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

    Warrants show Byrd stole a 2018 Chevrolet K3500 truck worth an estimated $72,000 from another man sometime between May 22 and May 29.

    Byrd remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Calabash brings art into ‘plein aire’

    It’s a day to paint and pay tribute to all things creative.

    The fifth annual Calabash Plein Aire and Craft Show Day is set to unfold in and around the Seafood Capital from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 9.

    Sponsored by Jewelry By Wendy Gallery & Gifts, the event will be anchored at The Calabash Cottages at 10152 Beach Drive SW in downtown Calabash.

  • Officials break ground for Lincoln, Town Creek elementary schools

    LELAND — Officials broke ground for six-classroom additions at Lincoln and Town Creek elementary schools during successive ceremonies Tuesday morning.

    The two additions are among the Brunswick County Schools capital projects being funded through a $152 million bond referendum voters passed in November 2016. The Town Creek Elementary addition received $400,000, and Lincoln’s received $1.2 million, with a total of $5.6 million for the 2017 fiscal year.

  • Woman charged with filing false police report in Sunset Beach

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman is charged with filing a false police report after claiming her car was vandalized in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach police charged 59-year-old Alice Burns Taylor of Westbrook Avenue on May 29 after she called 911, stating her vehicle had been damaged in a hit-and-run while parked at the back of the Food Lion parking lot. She also told police her purse had been taken from the vehicle.

  • Developer, Ocean Ridge Master Association reach settlement

    A settlement has been reached regarding litigation over past assessments between developer Mark Saunders and the Ocean Ridge Master Association.

    A joint news release issued Tuesday by Saunders’ firm, The Coastal Companies, and ORMA president Debra MacFarlane states the issue dates back to 2010 when governance of the association was turned over to board members elected by property owners.

  • Leland woman succumbs to injuries received in fire

    A Leland woman died of injuries she suffered in a mobile home fire May 31, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    The Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department said Kimberly Eggleston, wife of Winnabow firefighter Edward Eggleston, died hours after being airlifted to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

  • County ranks high in hepatitis C, suicide

    Brunswick County’s latest State of the County Health Report shows the county ranking high in cases of hepatitis C and suicide.

    According to the report for 2017, Brunswick County in 2016 had the second highest number statewide of acute hepatitis C (HCV), a blood-borne pathogen whose rise is attributed to shared needles and the heroin epidemic. Reported cases more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 and are 11 times higher since 2012, from .9 cases per 100,000 population in 2012 to 10.2 cases per 100,000 people in 2016.