Local News

  • Deputies search for trailer thieves

     Detectives looking for the men who stole a yellow Kraftsman, dual-tandem trailer from Back to Normal Construction on U.S. 17 near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Employees noticed the trailer missing about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Surveillance footage shows three men entering the property and taking the trailer.  They appeared to have been traveling in an orange or red Ford, four-door truck with a black flatbed and diamond plate toolboxes attached to the flatbed.

  • Two South Carolinians arrested on heroin-related charges

     Two South Carolina residents were arrested on N.C. 130 near Shallotte at a driver’s license checking station after deputies found large quantities of heroin in their vehicle Monday, Nov. 18.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, along with the Vice-Narcotics Task Force, arrested Danika Shante Swann and Durance Antwan McCray on heroin-related charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Agents seized approximately 500 bindles of heroin with a street value of $10,000 from their vehicle.

  • Leland man sentenced to prison for cocaine distribution

     A Leland man will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony sale of cocaine in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 18.

    Gregglin White was sentenced as a habitual felon and ordered to serve 58 to 82 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

  • Deputies search for missing Shallotte man

     Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a missing Shallotte man, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    James Lee Williams, 40, of Evans Circle, has not been seen or heard from in several months, according to his family. Williams contacted them via a Facebook post May 22 and made another post June 2. Those were the last dates members of his family heard from Williams, according to the release.

  • Three arrested on heroin-related charges

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force arrested three people on various drug charges Friday, Nov. 15.

    Glenn Harry Bowen, 22, of Vernon Road in Leland, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell and deliver heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia after agents found 18 bags of heroin in his possession, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Calabash couple accused in restaurant break-in

    A Calabash couple is accused of breaking into the Seafood Hut restaurant Nov. 8.

    Tina Louise Watts, 35, and James Alan Howarth, 36, both of Cherry Lane, were arrested Thursday, Nov. 14, and charged with felony conspiracy, injury to personal property, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Arrest warrants show Watts and Howarth stole $1,400 from the Calabash eatery and caused $200 in damage to a metal desk.

  • BFA seeks help with Tree of Hope Christmas wish-list program

    It may just be mid-November, but the staff at Brunswick Family Assistance is already focused on Christmas.

    They have to be, if they’re to meet this year’s stringent demand and deadlines for BFA’s annual holiday Tree of Hope Christmas wish-list program.

    Trying to fill all the need and wishes is always a challenge, BFA program director Lora Moree says.

    Last Friday, it got even more challenging when the wish-lists of one senior and 60 children came over the BFA transom at its Shallotte office.

  • Jaguar's Lair developer responds


     Coastal Companies, the developer of Jaguar’s Lair, issued the following statement Nov. 5 in response to property owners’ concerns about the unfinished development.

  • Gathering garners concerns at Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Property owners say they are still concerned about stalled development and infrastructure work at Jaguar’s Lair. A small group of them, several from out of town, gathered Nov. 2 on a vacant lot at the unfinished development on the former Angels Trace Golf Course where infrastructure work has been stop-and-start since the recession.

  • Election heralds political change in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Political change is in the ocean air following the Nov. 5 municipal elections, and Sunset Beach’s newly elected mayor is gearing up for the transition.

    Former town councilman and local businessman Ron Watts, elected last week in an unopposed bid for mayor, is hopeful the election will help put the town on a more even keel following last week’s hotly contested races for three town council seats.