Local News

  • Teen charged with father’s death, DWI in early-morning wreck

     A Lumberton teenager has been charged in the death of her father.

    According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Brianna Galloway of Lumberton has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. The wreck happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

    Galloway was driving on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, about 6.3 miles north of Shallotte, when she ran off the road, hit a tree and her vehicle overturned.

    Galloway’s passenger, her father Troy K. Galloway, 41, of Supply, was killed in the wreck.

  • Autopsy shows 3-year-old suffered trauma to chest, abdomen and head

    SHALLOTTE—Three-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was killed by blunt force injuries to the abdomen.

    The State Medical Examiner’s Office released the official results of Jaronn’s autopsy on Thursday afternoon. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

  • Several towns have Fourth of July festivities planned

    Independence Day is rapidly approaching. Brunswick County and the surrounding areas offer many ways to celebrate the holiday. There are parades, dancing, live music, food and other festivities including fireworks. Make your plans early and enjoy a relaxing Independence Day with family and friends.


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  • Stolen too young: One man’s family speaks out about testicular cancer

    Joseph Anthony Steinbach III was 18 years and 18 days old when he died.

    Joey, as his family called him, bravely battled testicular cancer. Born on June 25, 1985, he died on July 3, 2003. He was a senior at West Brunswick High School and lived in Holden Beach with his family.

    His family will never forget the love he brought to their life and want to spread awareness about the cancer that stole him away.

    “Joey was a super hero on earth,” said Mary Steinbach, his mother.

  • Help the county’s children in need by volunteering or packing a backpack

    Brunswick Family Assistance is looking for volunteers to donate time or resources to change the lives of Brunswick County youth.

    There are several opportunities for the community to get involved. One way is to serve youth breakfast and/or lunch through the summer food service program. Volunteers are also needed to transport children to and from the sites.

    The program, now in its second full week, served more than 2,100 meals the first week.

  • Toxicology back for 3-year old; still no charges in death

    SHALLOTTE—A toxicology report shows atropine was in the body of a dead 3-year-old boy.

    Jaronn Ladale McAllister’s toxicology report shows his body had no other drugs present except atropine. Atropine is sometimes used in emergency situations to maintain proper function of the heart.

  • Wilmington woman charged in fatal wreck that killed Southport woman

    BELVILLE—A Wilmington woman has been charged with the death of a Southport woman after a fatal wreck last Monday, June 18.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Anna Pierce, 27, of Wilmington, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the fatal head-on collision that killed 55-year-old Sheila Sorrentino of Southport.

    Parks said Pierce was driving her 2008 Ford passenger vehicle on River Road (N.C. 133) near Belville around 7:39 a.m. last Monday, June 18.

  • Senate passes $20.2 billion budget

    RALEIGH—The state General Assembly has passed a $20.2 billion budget.

    The budget includes a slight raise for teachers and other state employees—the first raise since 2008.

    Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said the budget was “a positive step forward for North Carolina.”

  • Sunset Beach set to discuss Jaguar's Lair agreement next Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to discuss an agreement update with representatives of Jaguar’s Lair at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday night, July 2.

    Town councilwoman Karen Joseph had requested town clerk Lisa Anglin place the item on the agenda, “both the public portion and as a closed-session agenda item.”

    But Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato took issue, stating he consulted town attorney Michael Isenberg about keeping the discussion in open session.

  • Sunset Beach approves $6-million-plus budget

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has adopted a $6,385,819 town budget for fiscal 2012-13.

    The tax rate remains unchanged.

    The budget was approved 3-2 by the five-member council at a special called session June 19.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Karen Joseph and Wilson Sherrill approved the budget. Fellow council members Carol Scott and Mike Williams cast dissenting votes, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.