Local News

  • Jaguar's Lair still a hot topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Loud voices and table-pounding ensued as Sunset Beach Town Council debated the status of Jaguar’s Lair at Monday night’s monthly meeting.

    While Mayor Rich Cerrato said property owners still can’t get mortgages and construction loans to build, other council members defended the progress that has been made on infrastructure work.

  • Paving contract approved for Carolina Shores Drive

    CAROLINA SHORES — A paving contract for Carolina Shores Drive has been approved by the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners.

    At their Sept. 5 meeting, commissioners approved hiring low bidder Palmetto Corp. for the capital improvement project.

    Work includes resurfacing Carolina Shores Drive, replacing culverts and drainage improvements in the Arden Drive area, resurfacing the entrance road next to Country Club Road and resurfacing a cul-de-sac across from Golfview Court.

  • Brunswick singer Brandon Bailey working way to top of Nashville competition

    It’s taken an audition and more than a little talent for Brunswick County’s Brandon Bailey to compete in Nashville.

    Bailey, 26, has been to Nashville and is on his way back this week to continue competing on “American Country Star,” a weekly contest at Music City’s Silver Dollar Saloon.

    Live performances have been taking place onstage at the Nashville venue every Monday night, with the Ash resident remaining in the running as the contest narrows down to September’s semi-finals.

  • State Health Department encourages flu shots

    With flu cases already appearing in the state, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos is encouraging all North Carolinians to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine.

  • North Carolina’s reported crime rate down again in 2012

     The index crime rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate have all dropped in Brunswick County, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced in a Sept. 5 news release.

    The index crime rate is the total number of violent crimes and property crimes. Brunswick County had a rate of 3.463.9 in 2011 while the number dropped to 3,259.5 in 2012.

    The rate for violent crimes dipped from 210.5 to 156.7 from 2011 to 2013. The property crime rate dropped from 3,253.4 to 3,102.8.

  • Leland man files federal lawsuit against town, former police

     A Leland man has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Leland and two of its former police officers who arrested him two years ago.     


  • BCSO chaplaincy program offers staff, citizens comfort

     While the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office uses many instruments to protect and serve the public, Sheriff John Ingram implemented a chaplaincy program in May 2012 to serve his staff.

  • Woman gets more than 2 years in prison for fatal DWI crash

    A Southport woman will serve more than two years in prison for killing her neighbor with her SUV in a drunken driving collision last summer.

    Melissa Gail Gomez, 39, of 4210 Eighth St., pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County Superior Court to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

    Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Gomez to serve 31 to 47 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • 3 men accused of stealing dogs, hunting equipment

    Three men are accused of breaking into a hunting club to steal dogs, equipment and electronics, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Cameron Alexander Croom, 22, of Remington Drive in Rocky Point was arrested at his home Thursday, Sept. 12, and charged with larceny of a dog, injury to property, felony larceny, and breaking and entering.

  • County educators honored at ‘Night of Stars’

    Brunswick County Schools honored its award-winning educators at the Night of Stars, held Friday, Sept. 6, in Supply.

    The event honored the county’s nine Teacher Assistants of the Year and named Helen Smith of Bolivia Elementary the system’s county winner.

    Paul Price, principal at Shallotte Middle School, was named Principal of the Year. Price has been a teacher or administrator in the Brunswick County school system for nearly two decades.