Local News

  • Neighbors try to steal woman’s peace but its later restored


    She thought she’d never see her stuff again after “friends” turned out to be enemies, but a group of area detectives saved the day.

    At 83-years-old, Lillian Gray is always on the go. Most days she can be found in her garden, tending to her flowers or sitting on the porch. She enjoys being outside.

    “I’d rather stay out there (in the yard) than in here,” she said with a smile from inside her historic Shallotte-area home.

  • 16-year-old West Brunswick student fighting brain cancer

    Sixteen-year-old Randy Rhodes was spending his summer vacation enjoying Brunswick County when his whole world turned upside down.

    The Shallotte resident and rising 10th grader at West Brunswick High School spent his summer going to the beach, hanging out with friends, playing video games and fishing with his sister and her boyfriend.

    An avid football lover, he was practicing with the WBHS football team hoping to play this season.

  • Sleep-out to raise awareness for homeless in county

    Several area ministries have joined together to bring awareness to the homeless problem in Brunswick County.

    In an effort to share their story, Brunswick County Streetreach, Building Hope Ministries, Unleashed Ministries, Sonburst Youth Ministry, Breath of Life Ministries and the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition are inviting the community to participate in a sleep-out called One Homeless Night.

  • New bid for old hospital accepted

    BOLIVIA—It may not be the first bid for the old hospital, but it is the largest one to date.

    At $1.75 million, the offer from East Coast Lands One LLC is the highest one made for the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility and its 32.308 acres.

    “It is more than the last offer,” said county manager Marty Lawing during Monday’s commissioners meeting.

  • How big can you build it? Commissioners answer that question and more at meeting


    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners tackled the issue of accessory structures Monday night during a long debate.

    They eventually voted against planning board recommendations and modifying the amendment.

    Commissioners took on the wording of the amendment that read “the total square footage of all accessory structures (associated with residential uses) located on the parcel must be less than the total square footage of all primary structures located on that parcel.”

  • Criminal charges filed in parasailing deaths

    Criminal charges have been filed in the 2009 parasailing deaths of two women in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Thomas Povozan, captain of Tied High, is facing federal charges for his involvement in a parasailing incident that claimed the lives of Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo. It happened on Aug. 28, 2009.

    Povozan has been charged under the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act, which is intended to hold seafarers criminally responsible for a maritime accident resulting in death.

  • Seniors helping seniors event


    An event designed for seniors and their caregivers is planned for 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Last year the Seniors Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers event was in Southport. This year the event is in Carolina Shores. It will be at the South Brunswick Islands Center on the Brunswick Community College satellite campus. The address is 9400 U.S. 17.

    Event organizers said it is an opportunity to learn what services are available and to help build a better network of services to support people as they age.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Felony larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took a jewelry case filled with rings out of the Eagles store.

    Mike Malcolm, 31, of 8025 Footpath Road, Leland, was charged with felony larceny.

    Assault on a female on Raeford Street; subject struck victim in face.

  • Town park still a hot topic for Sunset Beach

    Landscape architect Greg Lambert with consultant Withers & Ravenel once again summarized recent survey results and two proposed concepts for the Sunset Beach Town Park at Monday night’s council meeting.

    He reiterated 1,859 controlled surveys were returned by citizens, which he said at council’s Sept. 18 work session was a record 35 percent return rate of those sent out.

  • Brunswick rescue groups assist with puppy-mill rescue

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) of Brunswick County are assisting with rescued puppy-mill dogs from South Carolina.

    RACE founder/president Cheri McLain said 21 dogs were brought to Shallotte on Monday to be checked in and provided with foster care by RACE volunteers.

    McLain said the rescue was the result of a puppy-mill raid more than two weeks ago in Edgefield County, S.C., about 70 miles southwest of Columbia.