Local News

  • Leland man accused of human trafficking, sex crimes

     A man wanted in Leland on a human trafficking charge has been captured by federal authorities in Texas.

    Raul Antonio Cortez, 46, is incarcerated at a Midland, Texas, jail on warrants from Leland charging him with human trafficking and sexual assault. The Leland Police Department received a report in December that claimed Cortez sexually assaulted a teen boy in Leland.

    Cortez, who lived on Lanvale Road off U.S. 17 before he disappeared, left town before Leland police could detain him.

  • Man’s body washes ashore on Bald Head Island

     The body of an unidentified man was found on Bald Head Island on Monday, March 17.

    Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said he was told just after 7 a.m. Monday the body washed ashore on one of the island’s beaches.

    Someone walking along the beach discovered the body and called 911. Police and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded before the body was taken to the Southport Marina for further investigation.

  • Chamber enjoying new location on Wall Street

     SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has a new home.

    Chamber President Shannon Viera said the organization has been in discussions with the town of Shallotte since last fall to move into the building off Wall Street.

    “We established a task force so we could figure out how to make the move happen,” Viera said. “We’ve had a great working relationship with the town, (town administrator) Albert (Hughes), and (Mayor) Walt (Eccard).”

  • Senate passes flood insurance bill, changes will take time

     Following the passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 by the House more than two weeks ago, the Senate passed the same measure, finalizing changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that would address some of the negative consequences resulting from the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act in 2012.  

    This bill, also known as the Grimm-Waters Bill, passed March 13 in the Senate 72 to 22. It will now be sent to President Obama for signature and is expected it become law within 10 days. 

  • Longwood man convicted of animal cruelty

     A Longwood man was convicted of a cruelty to animals charge in Brunswick County District Court on March 11.

    District Court Judge Pauline Hankins ordered James Miles Butler, 27, of Pine Needle Road, to pay $465 in restitution, which relates to the animal care, a 45-day suspended sentence and 12 months of supervised probation.

    This was Butler’s first conviction of any kind. Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee prosecuted the case.

  • Carolina Shores considers budget, eliminating waste center

    CAROLINA SHORES — Facing an array of capital improvement projects, town commissioners agree they’re going to have to budget.

    It’s also not clear whether there is a need for a tax increase in the coming fiscal year.

    “There’s no way in one year we can do everything,” said town commissioner Greg Davis, speaking at commissioners’ day-long retreat Friday, March 14, at town hall.

    He cited paving and cleaning out ditches that were discussed for a good part of the morning.

  • Leakage spurs closure of Shallotte welcome center

    SHALLOTTE — Faulty pipes have led to lengthy closure of the Southeastern Welcome Center on the U.S. 17 Bypass on Shallotte.

    Jimmy Parrish, rest area section supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the problem has to do with pinholes in copper pipes inside the building that have resulted in extensive leakage.

    “We actually had to cut in the walls and replace all of the supply-line piping, which has been a pretty major job,” Parrish said last week. “That’s what we’re doing.”

  • Time capsule sculpture to be unveiled March 26 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The party’s almost over.

    One year after launching its 50th anniversary celebration, the town of Sunset Beach is wrapping things up with a concluding ceremony.

    It’ll be done in style, too, with the unveiling of a time capsule sculpture during a brief ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the town council chamber at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • Couple hopes to launch new chamber of commerce

    A Brunswick County couple says they are trying to start a new chamber of commerce that could become the fifth one for the region.

    Matthew and Tiffany Wright are pursuing efforts to start the South Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, which is described in promotional material as a “hybrid, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization that provides 21st century support services for membership businesses.”

  • Calabash seeking attorney after resignation

    CALABASH — The town is seeking a new attorney following last week’s resignation of town attorney Mac Tyson.

    Tyson’s resignation was accepted by town commissioners at their monthly meeting March 11.

    Prior to that, town commissioner Jody Nance requested an agenda item and motion to activate a no-cause section of the attorney contract that allows either party to terminate the agreement at any time, for any reason, with a 30-day notice. Nance’s request was a motion to give Tyson a 30-day notice to terminate his contract with the town.