Local News

  • UPDATE: Calabash bank robbery suspect nabbed

    Christopher Wilson Scott, a suspect in a Calabash bank robbery, has been captured.

    Scott, 32, was apprehended Wednesday night by the Horry County, S.C., Police Department as he exited the waterway at a marina in Little River, S.C.

    At 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Horry County police went to the Sleep Inn in Little River after receiving a report of a possible sighting of the suspect there.

    Brunswick County detectives were already on the scene and began chasing Scott on foot, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Horry County Police Department.

  • More than a brown sugar-and-marshmallow covered side dish

    Sweet potatoes are more than a popular side dish at Thanksgiving—they are a risky business in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County farmer Wayne Grissett of W.W. Grissett Farm off Russtown Road in Ocean Isle Beach grows a little bit of everything on his farm.

    “Farming is such a risk, every year one crop is bad for one reason or another,” he said.

    This year more than one of his crops have been in danger.

  • Holden Beach Tea Party

    HOLDEN BEACH—There was tea and politics on the agenda Saturday during the annual Holden Beach Tea Party.

    More than a hundred people showed their support for the movement by attending an event featuring musical entertainment, six speakers and a barbecue lunch.

  • Leak at nuclear power plant sparks NRC investigation

    SOUTHPORT—A reactor at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant was shut down last Wednesday, Nov. 16.

    A leak prompted the shutdown of the Unit 2 reactor and has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • Advocates offers hope to crime victims at annual vigil


    It’s something Mel Chilton knows all too well.

    Chilton, featured speaker at the 16th annual Justice for Citizens’ candlelight memorial service Friday night in Leland, lost her mother in 1975 to a violent crime.

  • County reports more than $500,000 in losses to off-shore financial scams

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.


    That’s how much money Brunswick County residents have lost to financial scams in the past two years. At least that’s what has been reported to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • One bidder offers $500K for old hospital, 32 acres of land

    BOLIVIA—During the 45-day window in which county officials solicited requests for proposals for the former Brunswick Community Hospital, only one bid was received.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said several healthcare related agencies have expressed interest in the 35-year-old hospital facility, but only one agency submitted a formal bid as of the bid deadline last Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Task force recommends elderly exemption for property taxes

    BOLIVIA—A county commissioner appointed task force has recommended commissioners adopt an elderly exemption for property taxes.

    On Monday night, commissioners agreed with the recommendations of the task force and approved a resolution in support of their recommendations.

  • Sheriff shares holiday shopping safety tips

    As the busiest shopping time of the year approaches, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram shares some safety tips for this holiday shopping season.

    Ingram warns that during the holiday shopping season, “criminal activity becomes very active during this time.”

    “Prior to you or your family leaving to go shopping, you should discuss a few safety tips, which will enhance your safety awareness,” Ingram said.

    Ingram offers the following safety tips:

  • Hospital authority OKs assisting county with upkeep of former hospital

    SUPPLY—Even with the lights and most electricity turned off, the utility bill at the former Brunswick Community Hospital runs about $35,000 a month.

    Then, there are the repairs, such as a recent $12,000 bill when the cooling mechanism broke, losing 850 pounds of Freon.